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"Music: Breath of the statues. Perhaps: Silence of images. Your language where languages end" - Rainer Maria Rilke

The French jazz scene has a vitality, an originality and a do-it- all and do-it-anyway mentality about it right now. It is French musicians who are blazing the new trails for contemporary European jazz. There is a wonderful open-mindedness towards all musical cultures, genres and tendencies; and yet French musicians also give off the sense of having a proper grounding in their own tradition. A musician who represents all of these tendencies ‘par excellence’ is saxophonist Emile Parisien. Born in Cahors in the wine-growing region of the Lot, he is a jazz visionary. He may have one foot in that ancient soil, but his gaze is firmly fixed on the future. The leading French newspaper Le Monde has called him “the best new thing that has happened in European jazz for a long time,” while the Hamburg radio station NDR made the point of telling its listeners to give Parisien their “undivided attention.”

The reference points on Parisien’s personal musical map are very widely spread indeed. They range from the popular folk traditions of his homeland to the compositional rigour of contemporary classical music, and also to the abstraction of free jazz. And yet everything he does has a naturalness and authenticity about it. Rather than appearing pre-meditated or constrained, his music has a flow, he traverses genres with a remarkable fleetness of foot and an effortless inevitability.

What is it that makes the simple urgency of Parisien’s music quite so enjoyable? How does he manage to combine a provocative and anarchic streak with such a captivating sense of swing? Anyone who has seen and heard him on stage will know: it is because he lives his jazz with body and soul, because there is an authenticity and honesty inflecting every breath and every note.

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Let Them Cook (vinyl)
Emile Parisien Quartet
Let Them Cook
Emile Parisien Quartet
Les Métanuits (vinyl)
Emile Parisien | Roberto Negro
Les Métanuits
Emile Parisien | Roberto Negro
Les Égarés
Sissoko - Segal - Parisien - Peirani
Les Égarés (vinyl)
Sissoko - Segal - Parisien - Peirani
Louise (vinyl)
Emile Parisien
Louise
Emile Parisien
Into the Night (vinyl)
Jan Lundgren | Emile Parisien | Lars Danielsson
Into the Night
Jan Lundgren | Emile Parisien | Lars Danielsson
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Wollny - Parisien – Lefebvre - Lillinger
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Wollny - Parisien – Lefebvre - Lillinger
Abrazo (vinyl)
Vincent Peirani & Emile Parisien
Abrazo
Vincent Peirani & Emile Parisien
Double Screening
Emile Parisien Quartet
Living Being II – Night Walker (vinyl)
Vincent Peirani
Living Being II – Night Walker
Vincent Peirani
Sfumato live in Marciac
Emile Parisien Quintet & Guests
wartburg (vinyl)
Michael Wollny trio
wartburg
Michael Wollny trio
Out of Land
Emile Parisien / Vincent Peirani / Andreas Schaerer / Michael Wollny
Sfumato
Emile Parisien Quintet
Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic IV: Accordion Night
Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic
Living Being
Vincent Peirani
Spezial Snack
Emile Parisien Quartet
Belle Epoque
Vincent Peirani / Emile Parisien