Released On: Jan 01, 1970
Released By: Nublu Records
Coming to Nublu Records from France, trumpeter Erik Truffaz joins with the tenor saxophone and keyboard samplings of Ilhan Ersahin, the guitar of Thor Madsen, the bass of Matt Penman, and the percussion of Jochen Rueckert to form Our Theory, the neo-jazz, techno-rock quintet, the eponymous recording Our Theory to be released October 4th, 2005. Playing in a latter-day form of jazz rock fusion, Truffaz's work leans noticeably away from the jazz sensibilities of the form, while being firmly in the forefront of the contemporary jazz movement.
Truffaz, who has recorded for the Blue Note label in his long and illustrious career, is a perfect foil for the lean, muscular tenor saxophone of Ilhan Ersahin, who alternates and augments his wistful tenor explorations with ambient keyboard sampling. It has been said of Truffaz that "this music would best be described as jazz of today, or simply as Ersahin prefers to put it, music. It has a cinematic, orchestral feel to it with melodies, harmonies and rhythms that make you feel as though you were in the middle of New York City with one window on Paris, another on London, and one looking into the nature of a distant place that might be paradise. Hip-hop and reggae blends with touches redolent Miles Davis' early electric period."
With the jazz-oriented and rocksteady bass of Matt Penman and subtle cymbal and stick work or Rueckert that can employ racy 6/8 backbeats at will, the rhythms and compositional regimen of Our Theory moves from the dreamily surreal to the most pulsing rock. On midsummer sun this surreal landscape is shot through with muttering voices and keyboard samplings that appear to call the trumpet of Truffaz and tenor of Ersahin out of the ethereal.
Says Truffaz, "the music that I try to play and compose is a kind of mix between drum and bass and jazz. The difference in bebop is they bring in some tunes from 1930-40, and I take what I hear now."