J as in Jam session


Michel Jules, Luiz Carlos de Paula et Stéphane Sarlin (trio Notenstock) invitent le bassiste Abraham Laboriel Festival Jazz à Vienne, 1993 Photo : Pascal Kober

Michel Jules, Luiz Carlos de Paula and Stéphane Sarlin (Notenstock trio)
with bassist Abraham Laboriel
Festival Jazz à Vienne, 1993
Photo : Pascal Kober

The “jam” is always a competition of smiles ! Take a look at this after hours scene caught on board a barge moored on the embankment of the Rhône. The Mexican-born American bassist did not come to play a bit part. Abraham Laboriel likes trio music, and you can hear it. Even if the CD recorded on that particular day does not convey the magic of the live performance very well. It lacks the sweaty heat, the iced drinks, and the impression of hand-to-hand contact with the musicians. The energy is still there. Tremendous. Raw. Bearing witness to precious moments woven together with complicity and great outbursts of laughter.

This picture is published in my ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS, the english version of my Abécédaire amoureux du jazz, a 180 pages book with a foreword by Marcus Miller, published by Snoeck and which bring together more than 200 jazz portraits took on stage and backstage all around the world for Jazz Hot magazine.

For those who love jazz and to those who think they… don’t (!), a good idea for a Christmas present   ! Want to order   ? Here it is   :

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