It is not nothing to be fifty years old. Especially when your name is Pierrick Pédron.
What a journey since 2001 when, assisted by the exceptional Baptiste Trotignon, Vincent Artaud and Franck Agulhon, he released Cherokee, his first album as a leader… Since then, we have seen him criss-cross the planet, on stage or in the studio, with Mulgrew Miller , Phil Woods, Roy Hargrove or Ambrose Akinmusire, we heard him pass with a disconcerting ease from the most traditional jazz to the most disheveled electric experiments, we felt him nourished as much by the heritage of Cannonball Adderley as by that of Ornette Coleman or Maceo Parker, in short, we saw his talent explode in all its facets.
His new album, FIFTY-FIFTY, The New-York Sessions, the first part of a diptych, purely acoustic, extremely free, encapsulates his love for the city of New York and his tireless exploration of what jazz still wants to say.
– NEWS –
Instrumental artist at VICTOIRES DU JAZZ
French artist of the year Jazz Magazine / Jazz News
Top 100 : albums of the year Downbeat Magazine,
The New York Sessions,
Choc ! Jazz Magazine, France Musique Radio Choice 2021, fff Télérama,
Indispensable Jazz News
Carefully thought out by Pierrick and Daniel Yvinec, the rhythm section offers an unprecedented combination and is made up of undisputed masters of their art: at the piano, Sullivan Fortner, whose young age conceals an incredible maturity (which we were able to discover in France in particular with of the singer Cécile McLorin Salvant), on the double bass the essential Larry Grenadier, historical partner of the trio of Brad Mehldau, and on the drums the stupefying Marcus Gilmore, who, sharing the age as well as the wisdom of Sullivan, pursues without batting an eyelid the magnificent work of his grandfather Roy Haynes. The music you can hear therefore comes from the joyful and voracious encounter of an exceptional rhythm section that rejoices in discovering itself under the direction of Pierrick’s saxophone, as incisive as it is inspired, and whose subtle compositions serve as an inexhaustible playing field. This quartet’s pleasure in playing is palpable, it is part of the great New York creative tradition: lyrical, daring, obvious. And the recording performed by sound engineer James Farber, a true authority in his field, does more than do it justice, it dresses it in the color of unforgettable sessions.
This album may be only half of a double, it is already, without a doubt, a great Jazz record.
Laurent de Wilde
– LINE-UP –
Pierrick Pédron (saxophone)
Carl-Henri Moriset (piano)
Thomas Bramerie (double basse)
Elie Martin-Charrière (drum)