released in oct 2009 by TCB records
Moritz Peter sax/cl
Giovanni von Essen vocal bs
Alain Jean Marie p
William Chabbey git
Emmanuel Chabbey bs
Mourad Benhammou dr
Recording Studio: Birlmusic Paris
Engineer:Jean Paul Moreau
Mix and Mastering: André Bonnin
Cover Photo: Sonja Bärlocher
Some might think to begin a CD with a ballad might be
unusual. But of all the songs I have written,
YOU is probably my favorite. The song introduces the voice of Giovanni
who is followed by a saxophone and a piano chorus.
And Down (M.Peter)
The second composition,got its title for
it’s up and down going melody. The straight forward swing tune
is played in unison by clarinet and guitar. I particularly like the
brushwork of Mourad.
3. Rhumbolero (M.Peter)
Since I like the Caribbean very much, it was
natural to bring in some tropical flavor. We played Rhumbolero for fun
when the day’s work was done. Alain had already left the studio.
Fortunately, Jean Paul kept on the recording machines.
4. A Little Rhythm
was another vehicle for Giovanni. It is a Bossa which we
usually perform as a instrumental version called “Mon Ami
Max”. For this recording I wrote the lyrics fitting that happy
melody I always thought to be nice in a vocal version.
immediately evokes the great saxophonist Johnny Griffin. I wrote this
ballad more then twenty years ago after I was listening to Sal Nistico
- another true “Little Giant”.
6. Pierrot (M.Peter)
starts with clarinet and guitar with a rubato feeling. Then it
turns into samba and the rest of the band joins the duo. It features
Emmanuel on the bass and then Alain on piano and myself on clarinet.
7. Benha Blues (W. Chabbey)
As on my former CDs, I’m
glad to have William as a second composer. For this particular
recording he wrote a Blues with a kind of groove, that really reflects
his personality. He dedicated the tune to Mourad and therefore called
it Benha Blues .
8. Yusef (M.Peter)
With Yusef we bring Giovanni back to the group.
Here she uses the voice like an instrument, backed by the clarinet.
There are no lyrics. For this modal composition we tried to find a more
meditative spirit. I hope Yusef Lateef, who is one of my all times
favorite musicians would like the song. .
If you like the music thanks
for buying a CD.