ENABLE GREAT JAZZ ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO BE HEARD
While Jazz is "America's Music", it has been embraced as an art form in almost every corner of the globe. Every day, new practitioners join established veterans in expressing their life experiences through this musical genre. Hot Shoe Worldwide is dedicated to making a permanent record of significant artists wherever they may be found and covering a large scope of stylistic idioms.
Front to back: Mathieu Borgne, Théresè Henry, Jonathan Jurion, Lukmil Perez, Cédric Baud.
New label launches with debut CD from French Band DJAZIL
France has long been a country friendly to the Jazz arts. It should come as no surprise then that the scene in major cities like Paris is just as vibrant as that of other international centers. Hailing from in and around the Ile-de-France, Djazil is a quintet that not only sports a driving groove but also several fine composers. In the tradition of Jaco Pastorius, they have brought an unlikely instrument into the Jazz constellation: the steel pan (drum). Played expertly by Mathieu Borgne, the sound is captivating. Rather than creating the usual calypso vibe, the pan is the lead singer of the group and commands attention as a lyrical voice. Piano (Jonathan Jurion) and guitar (Cédric Baud) provide both complex rhythms and stunning solos while the groove is maintained by the bass (Théresè Henry) and drums (Lukmil Perez). There could hardly have been a better way to inaugurate the Hot Shoe Worldwide effort to enable great Jazz artists from around the world to be heard!