|LAURENT BARDAINNE & TIGRE D´EAU DOUCE|
|Hymne Au Soleil|
|Fileunder: Jazz / Soul|
|French saxophonist Laurent Bardainne summons the spirit of astral jazz on heavy-grooving new album, Hymne au Soleil.|
A dreamlike, cinematic excursion to the outer reaches of the solar system and the inner workings of the soul, Laurent Bardainne returns to Heavenly Sweetness with his Tigre d’Eau Douce group for a second album of genre-agnostic jazz-funk. Building on critically acclaimed 2020 album Love Is Everywhere, Hymne au Soleil sizzles with Arnaud Roulin’s Hammond organ licks, in-the-pocket bass work from Sylvain Daniel, and shuffling drum and percussion interplay from Philippe Gleizes and Roger Raspail, pinning Bardainne’s soaring saxophone lines to the mast like a flag in the wind.
The 11-track album represents a consolidation of Bardainne’s vision as a consummate jazz saxophonist, having made his name collaborating with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Cassius, afrobeat legend Tony Allen and co-founding Tigersushi electro outfit Poni Hoax.
That eclectic experience comes to the fore on Hymne au Soleil, which is named after a piece by trailblazing French composer Lili Boulanger. Beginning with the lilting, late-night smoker ‘Oh Yeah’, which recalls the mellow funk of Khruangbin, the album rolls through a rich musical landscape, whether in the Motown-era soul breakdowns of ‘Adieu My Lord’ or the roaring, dance floor-ready ‘Hymne au Soleil’, that draw parallels with the high-octane sound of UK jazz outfit The Comet Is Coming. The album is further coloured by wistful choral refrains that drift in and out of view, providing a crepuscular soft-focus glow and dynamic counterpoint to Bardainne’s more ferocious sun-worship blowing.
It is set to further secure Bardainne’s place among the constellation of saxophonists charting a course into the cosmos. It remains to be seen just how far he will fly.
|1||Laurent Bardainne, Tigre D´Eau Douce||Oh Yeah|
|2||Laurent Bardainne, Tigre D´Eau Douce||La Vie, La Vie, La Vie|
|3||Laurent Bardainne, Tigre D´Eau Douce||Hymne Au Soleil|
|4||Laurent Bardainne, Tigre D´Eau Douce||Adieu My Lord|
|5||Laurent Bardainne, Tigre D´Eau Douce||Destination Danger|
|6||Laurent Bardainne, Tigre D´Eau Douce||Jou En Nou Rive|
|7||Laurent Bardainne, Tigre D´Eau Douce||Combly Family|
|8||Laurent Bardainne, Tigre D´Eau Douce||Verte Gronouille|
|9||Laurent Bardainne, Tigre D´Eau Douce||Kenya Sunrise|
|10||Laurent Bardainne, Tigre D´Eau Douce||Sarang|
|11||Laurent Bardainne, Tigre D´Eau Douce||Oiseau|