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JazzOlympics

Various artists
a.o. Michel Herr & Life Lines
David Linx & Brussels Jazz Orchestra


Michel Herr was involved in 2 tracks of this album which features some of the most well known Belgian jazzmen :
"Fraternity", as an arranger and conductor with singer David Linx and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and "Tolerance", as a composer and pianist with his tentet, Michel Herr & Life Lines.

Tracks :

1. Best of yourself (featuring Toots Thielemans) (Johan Hoogewijs)
2. Fraternity (All around the world) (feat. David Linx & Brussels Jazz Orchestra) (David Linx / arr. Michel Herr) *
3. Friendship (feat. Philip Catherine) (Philip Catherine)
4. Confidence (feat. Nathalie Loriers Trio) (Nathalie Loriers)
5. Fair play (feat. HLM, Houben/Loos/Maurane) (Charles Loos)
6.
Tolerance (feat. Michel Herr & Life Lines) (Michel Herr)
7. Solidarity (feat. Jef Neve) (Jef Neve)
8. Team spirit (feat. Stéphane Mercier Quartet) (Stéphane Mercier)
9. The Hopper (feat. Brussels Jazz Orchestra) (Frank Vaganée)

Musicians :

Brussels Jazz Orchestra
+ Michel Herr -
conductor :

Serge Plume, Nico Schepers, Pierre Drevet, Jeroen Van Malderen - trumpet, flugelhorn
Marc Godfroid, Lode Mertens, Frederik Heirman - trombone
Laurent Hendrick - bass trombone
Frank Vaganée - alto saxophone
Dieter Limbourg - alto saxophone
Kurt Van Kerck - tenor saxophone
Bart Defoort - tenor saxophone
Bo Van Der Werf - baritone saxophone
Bart Van Caenegem - piano
Peter Hertmans - guitar
Jos Machtel - double bass
Klaas Balijon - drums

Michel Herr & Life Lines :

Michel Herr - piano
Gino Lattuca - trumpet
Alexandre Cavaliere - violin
Peter Vandendriessche - alto sax
Fabrice Alleman - tenor & soprano saxophone
Phil Abraham - trombone
Marcus Bartelt - baritone saxophone
Jacques Pirotton - guitar
Sam Gerstmans - double bass
Bruno Castellucci - drums

"Tolerance" was recorded on June 5, 2008 at Synsound Studio, Brussels.
"Fraternity" was recorded on June 9, 2008 at De Bijlokestudio, Ghent.
CD (AMG 140). Released in July 2008.

This album was commissioned by the Belgian Olympic Committee to producer and music publisher Jean Kluger S.A. to illustrate the values of the Olympic Games.

It can be purchased a.o. on the web :
  • as a download on the iTunes Store
  • Fnac.be
  • Mediadis.com
  • Antilopea.com


    * : audio excerpt via link to the website www.jazzinbelgium.com.

    See some photos taken in the recording studio :
  • David Linx & the BJO conducted by Michel Herr
  • Michel Herr & Life Lines

    Video

    On You Tube, a short video clip shows the atmosphere of the various recording sessions which produced this album. Click on the image below (Michel Herr conducting the Brussels Jazz Orchestra with David Linx) :


  • The press / La presse

    "Au-delà du côté "collector" de cette anthologie, on peut souligner la qualité des formations engagées dans ce projet... les amateurs se réjouiront de retrouver le Life Lines de Michel Herr, un tentet déjà apprécié sur scène mais encore inédit en CD.
    Sans préjuger des résultats de nos athlètes, on pourra déjà accorder une médaille à cette jolie galette."

    (Jean-Pierre Goffin, Vers l'Avenir, Actu24.be)

    "...David Linx et le BJO pour un "Fraternity" sous forme de chanson optimiste, sautillante et légère.
    Autre belle surprise de l'album: "Tolerance" de Michel Herr et son Life Lines... on saluera les arrangements finement ciselés qui permettent à Jacques Pirotton (g), Alexandre Cavaliere (violon), Fabrice Alleman (ts, ss) ou encore Peter Vandendriessche (as) d'intervenir dans de riches et réjouissantes improvisations."

    (Blog "Jazzques")