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Udiverse

Fabrice Alleman
& Chamber Orchestra


Tracks :

1. Unity in diversity (Fabrice Alleman / arr. Michel Herr)
2. Between you and me (Fabrice Alleman / arr. Michel Herr)
3. Tema de Malea (comp./arr. Lalo Zanelli)
4. Beauty where it is (comp./arr. Michel Herr)
5. Summertime (George Gershwin / DuBose Heyward / arr. Fabrice Alleman & Michel Herr)
6. What's love (Youtube video) (Fabrice Alleman/arr. Michel Herr)
7. Bridges (comp./arr. Michel Herr)
8. Dawn and twilight (comp./arr. Michel Herr)
9. J--J (Fabrice Alleman/arr. Michel Herr)

Musicians :

Fabrice Alleman - soprano saxophone
Vincent Bruyninckx - piano
Sam Gerstmans - double bass
Frédéric Jacquemin - drums
+ guests :
Philip Catherine - guitar (in "What's love")
Fred Favarel - guitars (France) on # 3, 5, 7, 9
Minino Garay - bombo, percussion (Argentina) on # 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9
Orchestre de Chambre de Liège - strings
Ensemble Quartz - winds (2 flutes, oboe/English horn, bass clarinet, 2 French Horns)
Ingrid Procureur - harp

Recorded at Dada studio, Brussels, Belgium, in 2016, 2017. Additional recordings at Acoustic Recordings Studio by Jarek Frankowski.
Released on October 13, 2017.
CD (Cyprès Open CYP0610).
See also some
photos of the recording sessions.

Read more about the Udiverse project.

From the liner notes :
"This project is an adventure, probably the most important one in my life as a musician: I wanted to know who I am as an artist, a composer, a saxophonist and quite simply as a man. Ten years to think about it, including five years to develop it, and one additional year of recordings, post-production, mixing, design have created UDiverse (Unity in Diversity), a unique musical suite for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra which brings together my roots, influences and sensitivity. But it is other people who help you to discover who you are.
I'm so grateful to Michel Herr for his total commitment, his humanity, his friendship and his talents as composer and arranger. Without him UDiverse would probably not exist."

Fabrice Alleman.

On Youtube, watch a video of the "making of" (in French) : .
Another video of "What's Love", feat. Philip Catherine, with photos of the recording sessions : .
And an interview of Fabrice Alleman (in French) :




The press / La presse

En français

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Album de la semaine / Album of the week, Le Soir (B)
Avec une longue interview du saxophoniste.
"Une véritable suite pour sax soprano et orchestre en neuf plages. Sans grandiloquence, mais avec beaucoup d'émotions...
... le saxophoniste belge, qui a sans doute gravé là son plus beau disque..."

Jean-Claude Vantroyen, Le Soir (Mad) (B).

"... un projet où jazz et classique se marient avec bonheur...
Quant aux arrangements, Fabrice Alleman les confie à un maître en la matière, Michel Herr.
Si le jazz s'est souvent égaré sur des voies stériles et insipides lorsqu'il s'est retrouvé mêlé à la musique classique, on peut affirmer ici que Fabrice Alleman a parfaitement maîtrisé son dessein, le titre de l'album se voyant parfaitement justifié : "UDIVERSE", c'est l'unité dans la diversité, un message qui dépasse de loin le monde de la musique.
Un jazz tout en finesse et profondeur joué par de merveilleux interprètes. Vivement recommandé."

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