A PRIDE OF LIONS [THE BRIDGE #11]
CHICAGO, APRIL 29 – MAY 13, RETURN JOURNEY
JOE MCPHEE – pocket trumpet, tenor saxophone
DAUNIK LAZRO – tenor & baritone saxophone
JOSHUA ABRAMS – double bass, guimbri
GUILLAUME SÉGURON – double bass
CHAD TAYLOR – drums, mbira
The full schedule will be published soon, and this tour will see the release of an album recorded during their first tour in France, in January-February 2016.
In the six years that The Bridge, the transatlantic network for jazz and creative music, has been establishing and sustaining connections between improvisers from France and the USA, there never was any better description of the necessity of the exchanges than Joe McPhee’s: “We engage in conversations on multiple levels, we learn from each other, about each other, about our experiences of the world, about our own histories and our pasts, our families and how we got here, at this place in this exact moment. So it’s more than the road, it’s an epic… It the type of thing, I think, we need to develop in the world at large: we are very different in so many ways, but we are not separate.”
It turns out there is history (and legend) in a “Dream Band” which, for once, deserves this brazen qualifier. In 1996, Daunik Lazro formed with Joe McPhee, kindred spirit since the beginning of the decade, the Dourou Quintet, already flanked with two bassists and a drummer. Among them and with others, there were feverish billows with the likes of Evan Parker and André Jaume, reckless string criss-crossings with the likes of Raymond Boni and Claude Tchamitchian. “This Bridge makes us travel 20 (light) years ahead, tells Lazro, to deepen our sonic adventure,” this time with bassists-storytellers Joshua Abrams and Guillaume Séguron.