the essential The double bass player finds this Friday 26 October the stage of the Jazz en Comminges festival with appetite for two promising sets alongside Jean-Luc Ponty and Biréli Lagrène, Camille Bertault and Hugh Coltman
Yes, I can’t wait to come back, to find Saint-Gaudens and Haute-Garonne after a little break of a little over a month this summer in California. It is always a pleasure thanks to the spectators who are always top here, which makes the French jazz festivals very endearing like those which are programmed in Europe elsewhere. I love playing here!
For what reasons?
The audience is always good here, always enthusiastic and it is very appreciable for us who are on stage, and especially for those who, like us , play jazz. And wine and good food are not bad either to complete the picture! (laughs)
Two concerts are scheduled this weekend, the first with Jean-Luc Ponty and Biréli Lagrène…
We toured together during the summer 2018 with Jean-Luc Ponty and Biréli Lagrène, but this ‘is the first time that we are going to play together again so this is a moment that I am looking forward to. I have been a huge fan of their music since I was young! We will perform songs from each of us, and some standards from John Coltrane and Sony Rollins on our violins, acoustic guitar and bass. We’re going to have a good time, I think.
What will be the content of the second concert?
Saturday evening I will play with my group, the quintet, all the music from my last album “Cinematic” which is composed of original film soundtracks that we have rearranged for the quintet, Camille Bertault and Hugh Coltman.
The quintet seems to be working at full speed with your efficient British partners…
Yes I like to play with this formation (1), it’s as if it was a big band but with few musicians! It’s easier to travel! (laughs) And then I grew up listening to this kind of music thanks to my parents who listened to it. I have heard big bands, famous jazz quintets like Art Blakey or artists like Miles Davis and John Coltrane. All these influences fed my music and that of my quintet.
What were the inspiring sources of your last “Cinematic” album released in 2019 ?
Cinema, of which I am a fan, and film scores. I tried to pay a kind of homage to my favorite composers Henri Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, John Williams, Ennio Morricone. I have selected the films that I have loved since my teenage years, some of which are famous and others much less. The two sources are the great passions of my life. The project consisted of combining the two pleasures!
Are you going to write other film scores?
Yes I wrote some for my father’s films “Ruthless”, “Letters by Iwo Jima ”and“ Gran Torino ”. With my quintet and an orchestra, we are going to record a new record with music from films by my father and Ennio Morricone as well, arranged differently.
As you mention, your daddy Clint Eastwood has made a new movie, “Cry Macho”, which will be released on 06 November …
Yes it doesn’t stop not ! He’s amazing, he loves his job and can’t stop. But that’s normal, it’s not necessarily work when you like what you do …
Interview by Pascal Alquie r
( 1) Andrew McCormack (piano), Chris Higginbottom (drums), Quentin Collins (trumpet and bugle) and Brandon Allen (saxophone).
Friday 26 October to 19 h 29 with Jean-Luc Ponty, Biréli Lagrène and Saturday 29 October at 22 h 30 with Camille Bertault and Hugh Coltman at the Comminges Exhibition Center (Route de la Croix de Cassagne in Villeneuve-de-Rivière / Saint-Gaudens). Prices : 42, 34, 12 and 48 euros. Phone. 06 74 26 19 35.