Johanne Desforges, Voice and Compositions
Sam Kirmayer, Guitar
Jonathan Chapman, Upright Bass
Valérie Lacombe, Drums
Julien Desforges, Handpan
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Le Temps / How Deep is the Ocean / My Men / Lazy Afternoon / La Drague / Love me or Leave Me / Essence / Ton Ombre / Astrology / White Lights / La Dernière Pluie
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From the first song “Le Temps” of the recording we the listeners are awakened to the quality and sensibility of a melodious and evolving expedition of personal devotion to each tuneful performance of this entertaining voyage that we are about to take.
Johanne’s authentically unique style of interpretation, storytelling, phrasing and rhythmic poetry is evident and captured on a scale of its highest form in vivid and penetrating depths of sensations and defined in the narratives of original compositions, laced with intriguing exploration, while the more well-known traditional Jazz Standard are as captivating and imaginative, and seemingly being heard for the first time, supporting skillfully the “Essence of Time”.
Inventive and crafted arrangements are shaped expertly by the accompanying musicians providing a harmonious structure of extraordinarily gifted contributions. There by creating virtuosity between vocal and instruments.
It is a beautifully woven collaboration from start to mastering, presenting us with a truly gratifying listening experience.
Here’s to the continued success of one of my favorite vocal jazz musician, Johanne Desforges!
Bravo Chère amie,
CDJAZZ REVIEW by Christophe Rodrigez
Johanne Desforges - L’essence du temps / Essence of Time
(Translated from French) Launched on October 3rd at Upstairs, here is L’Essence du temps / Essence of Time, a fifth album for jazz singer Johanne Desforges. In French and English, this album with a bilingual title, craftily combines poetry with certain great jazz standards in a particularly well executed manner. Somewhat off the beaten track and standing out from the norm, most of the tracks offer us the craftiness and swing of an experienced composer and interpreter with a good swing feel. Let’s take as an example Love Me or Leave Me, with smooth scatting that evokes Sarah Vaughan or the underestimated Carmen McRae. We pursue our quest with How Deep Is the Ocean, (Irving Berlin) another superb ballad perfectly mastered that features a warm voice, without tension, as well as the musicians fully engaged contribution in this beautiful adventure.
For a rare time and we hope that this continues, Valérie Lacombe holds the rhythm on drums, on guitar is the very talented Sam Kirmayer, on upright bass Jonathan Chapman and on handpan, a kind of “steel drum”, Julien Desforges. After the standards, we move to the very personal French compositions. Among our favorites, we have noted: La Drague, Essence of course and the very beautiful White Lights. It is a courageous new release, as French jazz is rarer and without forgetting that it allows you to discover or rediscover a very beautiful voice.
Christophe Rodriguez is also a journalist /jazz bloguer, classical and books in french at: Journal de Montréal