PRESS

“With his music, Mr. Giaume seems intent on loosening the grip of the nostalgia that often threatens to bury classical music and jazz, and to reveal an essential soulfulness that transcends categories.” – Wall Street Journal

 

“French trumpeter/ composer Yohan Giaume has taken on a major undertaking for his first recording as a leader. The results are exquisite and deeply moving. […] On many tracks you feel that this could be a film soundtrack of Academy Award consideration.” – Audiophile Audition ★ ★ ★ 1⁄2

“Inspiré par les pérégrinations de Louis Moreau Gottschalk à La Nouvelle-Orléans, le trompettiste Yohan Giaume imagine un dialogue cuivré avec son aîné américain.” – Rolling Stone ★ ★ ★

“Semblable à un migrant tout à sa découverte, le trompettiste français ne désacralise rien et marie avec raffinement les cordes d’inspiration classique à un jazz extrait de mille traditions, européenne, africaine et caribéenne. Quelque chose comme une Nouvelle-Orléans de rêve palpite ici : celle d’hier devenue celle d’aujourd’hui.” – Télérama fff

“Oscillant sans cesse entre gravité et allégresse, solennité et légèreté, les douze compositions qui se succèdent offrent une magnifique palette sonore à la musicalité stupéfiante […] Un bijou d’émotion tant littéraire que sonore, qui nous touche profondément et nous hante durablement.” – Jazz Rhône-Alpes

“Collaborations are quite common projects in the jazz world, and in most forms of music, for that matter. Collaborations, however, are slightly more rare when a modern day composer’s album is in conjunction with a composer from the nineteenth century. Such is the case with the works of Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) melding with composer and trumpeter Yohan Giaume. […] The French composer’s encounter with nineteenth century American Gottschalk led to this boldly imaginative creation of centuries apart symmetry […] that demonstrates the timeless and generational connectivity at the core of this project”. – All About Jazz ★ ★ ★ ★

Sounding very much like it should be a soundtrack for a director that tends to make sweeping opuses […] With a cast of pros on board, there’s something wildly different going on here but it’s done within the framework of something feeling familiar. An impressionistic work at its core, if you ever wanted to live in a painting, this is a work you must check out. – Midwest Record Entertainment

Un disque intense, où se mêle, raffinement, sophistication, poésie, pertinence du propos, diverses esthétiques (swing, blues, jazz, fanfare new-orleans…), on l’aura compris et virtuosité. Une merveille !” – Froddydelight.com

“A la tête d’un quatuor à cordes et d’un quintet de jazz, Yohan Giaume converse librement avec le globe-trotter visionnaire pour ériger un nouveau pont entre la culture afro-américaine et la musique romantique européenne. La Nouvelle-Orléans n’a jamais aussi bien porté son nom.” – Jazz News