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Erik Truffaz is a Swiss-born French jazz trumpeter. In 1990 Erik Truffaz forms a group with Marc Erbetta, Marcello Giuliani and Maurice Magnoni. The group wins in 1993 the Special Price of the French Festival Jazz à la La Defense. In 1994 Truffaz releases his first record under his name: Nina Valeria, but it?s his third record The Dawn who reveals Erik Truffaz to the general public. His trumpet playing often evokes that of Miles Davis. However the music of Erik Truffaz presents a mixture of drum and bass with the smooth (often) treated sound of Truffaz trumpet and the English-speaking rap of the singer Nya invited on the album. The formula will be repeated on the next album bending new corners while The walk of the giant has a rockier edge and putting emphasis on drums and bass.
Between 1996 and 2008, Truffaz releases twelve albums for Blue Note, four of them with the Truffaz Quartet (Marcello Giuliani, Patrick Muller, and Marc Erbetta): The dawn, Bending new corner kicks, The walk of the giant turtle, Arckhangelsk, with guests, poet rapper Nya, the singers Ed Harcourt and Christophe.
In 2001 Truffaz forms the Ladyland quartet with Michel Bénita, Manu Codjia, Philippe Garcia and the singer Mounir Troudi. From 2003 on Erik Truffaz plays also with the Harald Hearter Band, beside Joe Lovano, Dewey Redman, Chris Potter and the late Michael Brecker.
During one of its journeys in Mexico, Truffaz meets Murcof (Fernando Corona), a Mexican electro and ambient music composer. Together with indo-English Talvin Singh, composer of Asian music influenced electro world music they formed in 2008 a trio.
Erik Truffaz is a highly versatile musician and composer who is equally at ease in traditional and modern jazz and one of the main ambassadors of the NuJazz movement.

=== Martin Horst ===

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Out of a Dream
4.33 | 3 ratings
The Dawn
4.08 | 3 ratings
Bending New Corners
4.50 | 2 ratings
The Mask
4.00 | 3 ratings
3.00 | 1 ratings
3.80 | 5 ratings
The Walk of the Giant Turtle
3.60 | 5 ratings
3.18 | 3 ratings
3.00 | 1 ratings
4.08 | 6 ratings
In Between

ERIK TRUFFAZ Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Face à face

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4.00 | 3 ratings

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 Arkhangelsk by TRUFFAZ, ERIK album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.18 | 3 ratings

Erik Truffaz Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Erik Truffaz is one of the brightest name in French nu jazz. Influenced by Molvaer's light and airy trumpet's playing,Truffaz has his own sound though. Differently from Molvaer's cool Nordic sound, Truffaz music is very warm, more melodic and much more influenced by lounge and acid jazz (and even soft pop-jazz) culture.

This album is very pleasant and extremely accessible listening, but don't be fooled by the first impression - even when it sounds like your usual pop collection, in reality it isn't. Erik plays on the risky border between pop jazz and more innovative new jazz, and often songs (especially when with vocals) sounds somewhere in the field of quality pop-music. But when dig a bit deeper, listener will easy find out how tasteful and professional his jazzy arrangements are.

To be honest this album is a risky listening still - because of its melodies, well crafted and safe enough sound and plenty of formal attributes of pop-jazz, some listeners could react on it quite negatively. It depends on your taste though - many vocals compositions are quite similar to Sting's songs (just a little bit jazzy in sound), so you know what to expect from this release now.

 In Between by TRUFFAZ, ERIK album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.08 | 6 ratings

In Between
Erik Truffaz Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars One of the great nu jazz album of year 2010. Not release for progressive fusion purists, but extremely pleasant and elegant listening for wide auditory.

Album includes three quite different kind of compositions,very professionally (and successfully) mixed in one release. Opener composition is great slightly dreamy melodic and a bit melancholic song with soling trumpet,strongly influenced by Niels Petter Molvaer. There will be some more compositions in similar key on this album, and they are all big positive value of this release. Not too much original, they still really have their own signature ( let say Molvaer without Nordic clear cool air around and with warmer sound).

Second song "Let Me Go!" is quite different - it contains female vocals (Sophie Hunger) and sound more pop-oriented. There is one more song with same vocalist ("Dirge"), with leading piano sound and openly pop-song structure.

Third kind of compositions (as " Lost In Bogota" for example) is more energetic, well made jazz fusion songs with bright melodies, Hammond/Rhodes led sound and tasteful nu jazz arrangements.

In all, album is quite eclectic, but all compositions are memorable, different and far not boring. Really nice release for listener who doesn't afraid some flirt with pop-sound. Genre purists could be disappointed in part though.

This album could be really recommended for everyone entering nu jazz for himself as pleasant, tasteful and accessible listening.

My rating is 3,5,rounded to 4.

 Bending New Corners by TRUFFAZ, ERIK album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.08 | 3 ratings

Bending New Corners
Erik Truffaz Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Oliverum

4 stars Mood music with some surprising experimentations

Bending New Corners is a minimalistic jazz album with slight fusion, funk and smooth jazz influences. This is the second release from the same French quartet after their popular album The Dawn, which was recorded a year before and made Tuffaz a renowned trumpeter in jazz circles.

There is very little if any classically progressive element present on the record. Their play style can be described as mainly a blend of genres mentioned eralier with notable Miles Davis influences when it comes to trumpet solos. Lack of guitars is compensated with Patric Muller´s Fender Rhodes, an electro-mechanical piano that is used to produce bizarre soundbites here and there, but mainly to play soft chords with tremolo and phaser effects on them.

All four instruments in the quartet - trumpet, percussion, bass and piano - are independent in their movements, therefore rather playing delicately next to each other than creating solid and straightforward harmonies. Tuffaz´s decision to add rapper Nya on vocals, who sounds very similar to Maxi Jazz from British group Faithless, makes the outcome even more peculiar.

Sweet Mercy. Opening track relies mainly on masterful use of accoustic bass with its rattling strings and long bends. Nya´s african-influenced vocals add a new rhythm perspective, almost a dialogue with bass-led backing track. Trumpet remains pretty reserved and commonplace.

Arroyo. One of the most creative and versatile tracks on the album. Changes in melody and intensity are enjoyable, Patric Muller´s genuinely electric guitar-like wah-wah effects on his Fender Rhodes keyboard are fantastic. Truffaz finally overcomes stage fright and doesn´t limit himself any more. My second personal favourite.

More. Experimental intro reminds me some of King Crimson´s latest works. It soon transforms into a ethereal jazz composition with some allusive nu.jazz and dnb roots. First really unpredictable song on the album. My personal favourite.

Less. More King Crimson effects to come - everything from dark and mechanical to light and joyful. Fender Rhodes effects really play out. Truffaz´ soloing grows more Miles Davis-like and there is some experimentations with time signatures. Song lacks direction and progress though.

Sigfried. In this smooth jazz-based song Fender Rhodes is replaced by the piano. Once again Nya´s lyrics dominate and there is no room for instrumentals to thrive. Truffaz´ trumpet remains mild and, sadly, not adventurous. The outcome is nothing more than classic 60´s jazz remake with one good piano solo.

Bending New Corners. I like trumpet action in the beginning of this one because it explores the borders of the instrument. Percussions, bass and keyboards remain largely repetitive throughout the first half of the song, except for the verse. Exceptional 2-minute keyboard solo with MOOG synthesizer sounds by Patric Muller really draws in the drums and bass creating very powerful ending.

Betty. Slow jazz composition in the tradition of classical jazz lounge music. Pretty little love song but nothing new.

Minaret. Oriental theme in this trumpet and drum combination is refreshing. The track soon transformes into more nu.jazz driven compostion with minor variations. Although quite monotone, Truffaz manages to keep the tension with his trumpet play.

Friendly Fire. Only song with funk influences in the bassline, reminding me of The Meters only with floating rap vocals and classic jazz piano arrangements on top. Positive and naive sounding piece of jazz music.

And. Final, 10-minute track opens with smooth bass foundation with slumberous trompet hovering slowly above it. Occasional electric piano chords act as bizarre sounds from the nature, somewhat resembling rain forest. Marc Erbetta´s fast but lightweight snare drumming over odd time signatures is exceptional, but ends far too quickly. There is a two and a half minute silence in the middle of the track and the second half of it quickly loses tension built up earlier. Track ends with only solo trumpet taking long notes above mediocre drums. Overall imression - weak. A dissaponting end to otherwise creative album.

The verdict.

Erik Truffaz´ Bending New Corners is a jazz album with only a few hints of jazz fusion. It is mellow and relaxing in its tone and would therefore make a good "mood music", preferrably to play some hours before the dawn, when your tired mind just gets the jazzy message. In other times, I would wonder, it sounds a little monotone. There is a lot of repetition in the instrumentals of this album, which is probably done deliberately to avoid disarrangement in the music. Unfortunately it also makes it sound boring. Best tracks are More, Arroyo, Bending New Corners and Minaret and I´d definitely recommend to check them out.

3,5 stars.

Thanks to alucard for the artist addition.

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