When you want to learn anything about a musician, you have to
listen to his music. Christophe's album is an open book, because he
puts all his influences into this nutshell. Foremost Christoph
performs guitars, bass and synths on his project.
No wonder, that he launches the album with Wes Montgomery's tune
Jingles. Ask three guitarists, who is their idol and they will
certainly answer "Wes". Wes recorded this tune for his debut album
The Wes Montgomery Trio - A Dynamic New Sound (1959). Somehow Wes
build with his style for future genres like acid and smooth jazz. This
raw and edgy organ sound in combination with Christophe's elegant
guitar riffs is a great flashback. Gabriel Midon shines on piano with
expressive runs. And Christophe's bass is the icing on the cake.
On You Are My Girl Christophe switches to a soulful smooth
jazz or a jazzy soul. Enois Scroggins on vocals is for me the vocal
discovery of the year. His voice is similar to Lou Rawls and with the
voice of this quality he deserves the same merits. I hope he'll change
his style from funk to moving ballades. That would offer a brilliant
future. This song is the prove for my opinion.
Christophe de Villa is performing in the Première Classe
featuring multi-talent Gabriel Midon on saxophone. While one can
observe his smooth jazz attitude on this album, Gabriel is on his own
gigs an excellent jazz musician with influences from Coltrane to Chick
Don't take the title I'll Make You Jazz too serious. If you
know groups like Down To The Bone or Fishbelly Black, just in that
direction moves this tune. Jérome Bensoussan blows a fantastic muted
trumpet, while N'dinga and Nathalie André add their sweet vocals. We
talk about jazz house! Really deep jazz house!
Torn by Christophe's fast style changes I landed on Window Shopper.
Christophe calls it a jazzy version of the 50 Cent classic. With ease
he mixes hip hop, smooth jazz and jazz to an attractive novelty.
With Tender Love he tickles my Nightlife vein. Oh yes, I
recognize these George-Benson-like riffs. Come on, let's dance.
Featured songstress Mary P. has attractive vocals.
Love Is On My Side increases in velocity. While Mary P.
cites the title in refrains, the instrumentalists expose their
instrumental knowledge. This Song Is For Roy is Christophe's
tribute to the legendary vibraphonist Roy Ayers. Great emotion, vibe,
Searchin' For Love is a DJ Pit remix featuring Shanice
Williams. After three minutes the house song switches to smooth jazz
with some guitar chords before it returns into house again. When you
think, you have heard everything, Christoph tops the whole thing with
A Night In Tunisia. Originally penned by Dizzy Gillespie in
1942, this tune soon became the jazz standard and Dizzy's signature
sound. Christophe's interpretation is very elegant and contemporary.
Christophe De Villa's album Jazz And Soulful is a big basket
filled with musical surprises. You never know, what you hear next.
Always cool and refreshing.