Amaury Faye Trio [Live Reviews]

©Leila Belaubre

 

YAHOO! (USA)

2017

 

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Far from being unknown, the trio has been asserting itself since 2013 both in France and on international stages. Finalist of the National Jazz Stepping Stone in the Bay and finalist of the national defense jazz competition the same year, Amaury Faye is named best pianist in 2015 at the Berklee Jazz Performance Award in the United States. The following year, the full trio was awarded the Audience Award and Jury Prize at the International Biberacher Jazzpreis in Germany, before winning several musical springboards in France. The repertoire of the trio consists of original compositions but also some standards arranged with jazzy influences. From the beginning, the trio immerses the audience in the American atmosphere of the fifties with a classic among the classics, "Witchcraft" Cy Coleman. Piece on which Frank Sinatra came to put his voice. Making a synthesis between the New York scene and the modern European currents of jazz, the trio traces its own way with virtuosity. With his companions Louis Navarro and Theo Lanau, Amaury Faye combines finesse and changes of rhythm, bringing a touch of improvisation inimitable on stage. The critics make no mistake when she talks about this young trio that harmoniously combines the traditional heritage of jazz with the creative and dynamic force of Amaury Faye.

 

JAZZ RHONE-ALPES (FRA)

2017

 

 

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This trio winner of the Rezzo Focal Jazz springboard in Vienna 2016 opens the "All Night Jazz" with a standard, Witchcraft, interpreted in a style that is the mark of the trio, with a line of piano very clear, very readable and perfectly posed. The pianist combines power and a very fine melodic intelligence, which highlights the musical theme of the late 50s, popularized by Sinatra and taken over by Bill Evans trio. The second title, Vence, is a composition of Amaury Faye shaped ballad that takes us far in a dreamy reflection where the listener forgets himself to be no more than music. Finally to finish this set that seemed very short, a blues that the musicians call unifying, Sunday Morning Blues, as a return to the Americas, just to return to the origins. It is important to point out Grégoire Navarro's singing doublebass and the rhythmic cloud of Theo Lanau's vibratile drummer, whose combined games perfectly match the limpid interpretations of Amaury Faye.

 

Michel Mathais

 

L'ESSOR (FRA)

2017

 

 

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An All-Night Jazz in the image of the festival: magical and illuminated! Great stars of the genre and new talents followed one another, starting with "Amaury Faye Trio." Inspired by the New York scene and the latest trends European jazz, he jazzed the crowd with a mix of roundness and virtuosity enhanced by a world-renowned pianist-composer. 

 

Gaëlle Bardin

 

LE PROGRÈS (FRA)

2017

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Amaury Faye's trio kicks off the All Night marathon, which will bring festival goers to bed at sunrise with "Witchcraft", a theme from Cy Coleman, dating back to 1958.  The winner of the Rezzo Jazz Spring Festival in Vienna 2016 will then play three original compositions from his EP, Clearway. The young Toulouse pianist trained at the Berklee College of Music in Boston is a musician to follow, because he does not follow anyone in particular, but traces his path with a clairvoyant fingering, with his fellow adventurers: the bassist Louis Navarro and the drummer Theo Lanau. 

 

F. Bruckert

 

JAZZQUES (BE)

2017

 

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A few years ago, I met Amaury Faye almost casually in a series of round tables about jazz in Flagey. I was curious to see him and hear him behind a piano. I had the opportunity a few months later to the Archduke. He played solo and I kept a strong impression. 

Tonight, it is with his trio (Louis Navarro on bass and Théo Lanau on drums) that the Toulouse pianist presents his new album: Clearway (to be released mid-May at Pias - Jazz Village). 

After a residency of a few days at the Jazz Station and in front of a large audience this Saturday, the trio attacks his concert with "Believe It Or Not", a piece very inspired by the post bop tradition. You quickly unearth the influences of a Chick Corea and especially Brad Mehldau.  The music is dense, nervous, energetic and Amaury Faye is not stingy with notes. He is always on the move and he is busy filling the space with fervor, as in the solo introduction on the second track. With agility, he connects chords and arpeggios on a frantic pace and demonstrates a sense of voicing quite amazing. His two companions are not left out. The interventions on Navarro's double bass are often brilliant and very musical, as for Lanau's drumming, he is firm, slamming and bounding. The cohesion between the three musicians is undeniable. Of course the architecture of the songs is rather "classic", but when played with such a plumb and as much determination, we can only take pleasure.

The trio so calms a little ardor (so little) with "Vance", a light ballad that walks on a swaying rhythm. But he revived very quickly and had fun on "An Oscar For Treadwell" Charlie Parker. They have in their fingers the story of the bop, that's for sure. It is always fast and tense and the three friends do not hesitate to move away from the theme, to turn around, to have fun. We find in them the essence and the spirit of those who made the art of the trio, Mehldau in mind (not the romantic, but the swinging one). Amaury Faye can not hide his love for the American pianist, and besides, we would not blame him if, sometimes, he moved away a little.  And the trio continues more beautiful, like a locomotive launched at full speed. Then there is the sparkling "Off Roading", then "Clearway Street", introduced by an excellent Theo Lanau on drums. Then, the most sober "Bad Surprise" and a jubilant "Sunday Morning Blues" or "Journey To The East Coast". There is always this desire for energy, breathtaking rhythms in this trio. Always this desire to raise the adrenaline.  The public is in love. That of Marciac, where the trio will have the honor to defend their music this summer, will probably be just as much.  We are curious to see how the trio evolves. At a next Jazz Tour maybe? To follow with interest.

 

Jacques Prouvost

 

JAZZ'IN LYON (FRA)

2016

 

 

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The region can not win every year. The Rhônalpins of Sviti do not appear on the charts: the Toulouse Amaury Faye trio are the 2016 winners of the ReZZo competition which took place as part of Jazz à Vienne. It is true that their leader is already crowned with a host of awards including the Berklee Jazz Performance 2015. Excuse the little! The jury this year has not been idle. While it usually stretches for about ten days, the traditional ReZZo contest, which involves young bands, was completed in three days on June 28th, 29th and 30th. Time to listen carefully to the nine competing groups. 

After deliberation, the jury composed of Pierre de Bethmann, the president of the jury, also a musician; Pascal Anquetil, journalist and member of the Jazz Academy; Pierre-Henri Ardonceau, journalist Jazz Jazzman Jazzman, member of the Academy of Jazz; Gérard Chrétien, managing director of Focal, the sponsor of this contest; and Pascal Bussy, the artistic director for jazz and world music at Harmonia Mundi, has named "Amaury Faye Trio" as the ReZZo / Jazz winner in Vienna 2016.       

Amaury Faye trio is in line with the great trios of American jazz. Amaury Faye, Louis Novarro and Théo Lanau are inspired by New York artists as well as current trends in European jazz. 

Their music is made of original compositions and rearranged standards, mixing improvisation and writing, lyricism and catchy rhythms, virtuosity and finesse.

Amaury Faye trio is in line with the great trios of American jazz. Amaury Faye, Louis Novarro and Théo Lanau are inspired by New York artists as well as current trends in European jazz. 

Their music is made of original compositions and rearranged standards, mixing improvisation and writing, lyricism and catchy rhythms, virtuosity and finesse. 

The leader, Amaury, is truly a young international hope, already crowned with awards at numerous competitions, including the Berklee Jazz Performance Award 2015, the prize for best pianist and best performance of the Berklee School of Music.  He is also a well-known soloist and sideman, as well as a composer who has developed a fresh, rather enjoyable and rather attractive jazz. 

Thanks to this contest, this formation will be able to boost its fame through the recording of an album (studio, mix and mastering at the Studio du Flon in Lausanne); the signature of the album on "Jazz Village" / Harmonia Mundi; an album release concert in a Parisian club; as well as programming in several venues and festivals: Peristyle Opera Lyon, Rhino Jazz (s) festival, Mantes Lalala festival, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Tropisme festival, A Vaulx Jazz, Orleans Jazz ... and of course at Antique Theater during the 2017 edition of the festival. That's all ? That's not bad…

 

Dominique Largeron

 

L'ESSOR (FRA)

2016

 

 

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The Toulouse based group Amaury Faye Trio was elected 2016 winner of the RéZZo FOCAL springboard as part of Jazz à Vienne.  The nine selected groups performed on the stage of Cybèle on June 28, 29 and 30 before the jury, composed of Pierre de Bethmann (president of the jury, musician), Pascal Anquetil (member of the Jazz Academy), Pierre -Henri Ardonceau (jazz magazine Jazzman journalist), Gérard Chrétien (general director of FOCAL) and Pascal Bussy (artistic director in charge of jazz / Harmonia Mundi) does not make his decision. The members of the group, Amaury Faye (prize for the best pianist and the best performance of the Berklee School of Music 2015), Louis Novarro and Theo Lanau propose a jazz "fresh and modern" justifies Jazz Vienna. This distinction entitles them to an artistic accompaniment for one year, the recording of an album as well as a concert in a Paris club at its release and a program in several festivals to come.

 

Guillaume Bouchut 

  

LATINS DE JAZZ (FRA) 

2016 

 

 

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The ReZZo FOCAL Jazz in Vienna springboard has existed for twelve years for groups of the emerging scene of French jazz. The winning group 2016 is the Toulouse trio Amaury Faye Trio.  Amaury Faye trio will benefit for one year from support for the broadcast, an artistic and promotional accompaniment and the recording of an album.

Amaury Faye trio performed on Cybele's stage on Thursday, June 30, the third and last last day of the RéZZO Springboard. After deliberation, the jury chaired this year by the pianist Pierre de Bethmann (teacher at the CNSMDP since 2008) has designated the trio of Toulouse as a laureate. The other members of the jury were Pascal Anquetil (journalist), Pierre-Henri Ardonceau (journalist), Gérard Chrétien (general director of FOCAL) and Pascal Bussy (artistic director in charge of jazz and world music / Harmonia Mundi).  The trio composed of Amaury Faye (piano), Louis Navarro (bass) and Théo Lanau (drums) will benefit from an artistic accompaniment for one year. For one week the three musicians will record an album at the Studio du Flon in Lausanne (that of Erik Truffaz). An album will then be signed on "Jazz Village" / Harmonia Mundi. The group will also benefit from dissemination support. Release concert in a Parisian club followed by a program in several French theaters and festivals (Peristyle of Lyon Opera, Rhino Jazz (s) festival, Mantes Lalala festival, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Tropisme festival, A Vaulx Jazz , Orléans Jazz ... non-exhaustive list). The group labeled "Winner RéZZo FOCAL Jazz in Vienna 2016" will open the All Night Jazz Jazz Festival in Vienna 2017.

This young group, supported by the Marciac Festival, embodies a new generation of jazz deeply imbued with the heritage of the past. The acoustic trio performs a personal music whose creativity seduces. The trio combines tradition and modernity. Dynamic jazz with lyricism and innovation. 

In 2014, pianist Amaury Faye joined the Berklee School of Music where he expanded his approach to music and keyboard and won the prize for best pianist and best jazz performance. The very melodic compositions of the pianist feed the repertoire of the trio. We also noticed Amaury Faye in the group Initiave H which we could appreciate the modernity at the last festival A Vaulx Jazz 2016.  Before even knowing the dates that will be proposed to the trio following the ReZZo Focal Jazz Springboard, we immediately note two dates where we can find the trio in the region:  February 09 at the Jazz Club of Grenoble February 10 at the Saint Georges Jazz Club in Lyon. In the meantime, we enjoy listening to Sunday Morning Blues.

 

Nicole Videmann

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