1. Funky Oscar (Serge Forté/RDC)
2. Intro Bébé Ella (Serge Forté/RDC)
3. Bébé Ella (Serge Forté/RDC)
4. Étude No1 (Scriabibine/Serge Forté)
5. Canadian Market Place (Serge Forté/RDC)
6. Caravan (Tyzol/Ellington)
7. ELM (Richie Beirach)
8. Biscaros (Scriabibine/Serge Forté)
9. Mambo Blues (Serge Forté/RDC)
10. Intro Take
11. Take The "A" Train (Duke Ellington)
12. O Nana Oyé
Serge Forté - Piano
Darren Beckett - Drums
Ofer Ganor - Guitar
Jérôme Sabbagh - Sax
Jean Wellers - Bass & electric Bass
Mino Cinelu - Percussions
Michel Petrucciani - Piano
The thought dislocates, scatters in words what we are. The music, quite to the contrary, has
the capacity, like mercury, to gather in sounds what saves us. The loving music of Serge
Forté ins the proof of it. It magnetizes directly towards happiness, the happiness of a
music filtered with the sieve of true emotions. Never not yielding to the traps of the
pathos nor of the prettiness, its piano well inspired always sails with the compass of a
natural interior and never forced melody. Its play full with fire, hemmed of what is
necessary of soft melancholy, revives the colors of a fluid lyricism with a completely
tonic rhythmic jubilation. It is only to listen to "Thanks for All" to convince itself
some. Its exact music quivers with kind of dizzy spell dervish, ready to give back in a
precise language, the blur of the clouds and the flow of the ideas.
It is always "La Vie en Bleu" (title of a previous album) which exposes "cantabile".
And, to take again the beautiful formula of a large improviser, this "something of blue
which appeared a wing" (Victor Hugo).
This disc ins also that of the first times. I. e. that of the true meetings.
Recorded in New York in 1997 in only two days, it gathers musicians who never played before
together. Serge crossed the Atlantic with Jean Wellers, secret double bass player, inhabited
by the proximity of the interior distances. He would deserve, it is an obviousness, to be
Living in New York, French saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh, with sound at the same time light
and deep, advised in Serge Forté the excellent drummer Darren Beckett.
Invited of the last hour, Mino Cinelu, sensual caressor of skins immediately gave his
agreement to take part in the adventure. Cherry on the cake, there is into final another
first time which will remain forever, unfortunately, last once.
The meeting between Serge Forté and Michel Petrucciani. With Michel's laughter as
conclusion, the new version of "O Nana Oyé" which ins offered to us here, is splendid of
shared joy and music. At the image of the entire album. It is not so common…
Thanks for All!
From the bottom of my heart. Yes, thanks to you, all great musicians of all horizons who
from my more tender childhood got me pleased, amused, intrigued, moved to tears.
Thank you for inspiring me with your talent, for giving me strength and conviction to play
my passion, one of the most beautiful but therefore the most difficult. Of course, it is
impossible for me to draw up here a list which would not be exhaustive. I would have
meanwhile a particular thought for John Abercrombie who, during a master class in 1987 has
strongly advised me to practise really hard the blues! Thanks a lot John! This has inevitably
conducted me to practise on the art of Mr Oscar Peterson, I had the chance to meet him 10
years later grace to Mr Frank Ténot , for a few unforgettable moments. Thanks equally to
you, Mino, Darren, Jean, Ofer, Frank, Philippe, Mitsou, Bruno, Pascal for your magnificent
contribution to this project. Thanks to you all my dears who have always support me and
specially you Pascale. Lastly, how could I thank Michel Petrucciani who, since he listen ma
first record (Vaina) decided to support, proposing me a duet! I had really the chance to
meet this day a "man of exception". I still see him trying one of the two pianos to heat
and play immediately so strong and put so much intension in each keys that he broke a string!
Backing to this small anecdote, I have really had desire to bring out this unreleased
version of our duet.