In a not very cheerful autumn this year, the great French jazz groups appear in good shape! After the homage of the National Jazz Orchestra to Ornette Coleman, it is the Multiquarium Big Band led by two old accomplices, the pianist Benoît Sourisse and the drummer André Charlier, which seizes the compositions of a shooting star of the jazz, Jaco Pastorius, giant of the electric bass guitar who died in 1987.
Nothing nostalgic in this invigorating album, quite the contrary, and a constant jubilation. Especially since the two leaders surrounded themselves with very experienced soloists, such as the trumpeters Pierre Drevet and Claude Egéa, the trombonist Denis Leloup or the saxophonist Stéphane Guillaume, author of some of the seductive arrangements of this opus. The most delicate role has been entrusted to Biréli Lagrène, known above all as a guitarist but who here seized a bass to take over Jaco Pastorius’ desk with an inventive speed.