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relatively out there

by Mcfc

A genuine quartet with true four-voice interaction. No one voice over-takes another for an expressive, tender and delicate jazz. As passionate as it is fiery. Simply beautiful and real jazz. The jazz of today. Serge Beaudot (Jazz Hot)
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Do You Like 7th Chords?
8:08 album only
2. When You Get There
7:46 album only
3. Pluton
6:22 album only
4. Summertime
9:08 album only
5. 7 Sur 5
8:31 album only
6. La Finca
7:09 album only
7. Simple Melody
9:07 album only


Album Notes
Relatively Out There

Here we have four musicians each with a wonderful international career path behind them united for a jazz anchored in tradition. After cultivating a big in your face sound, Philippe Crettien accrues a more fluid, velvety sound with phrasing and lyricism reminescent of Wardell Gray and John Coltrane. Guitar player Patrick Mottaz plays in that same lyrical vein. His playing seems to be influenced by Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery as well as drawing from blues and rock. Bass player John Funkhouser exudes great harmonic richness developing a tender yet strong lyricism. As for drummer Mike Connors, he knows how to combine swing with reserve and efficiency. Thus, we are dealing with a quartet playing in the same language and in symbiotic harmony resulting in a strong and captivating jazz.

One of the main qualities of a jazz musician is the ability to take a standard and make it his own. Meaning that his interpretation is distinctive and refreshing. Such is the case with "Summertime" pulled back to a slow tempo with great feeling and a beautiful delicacy that takes you to that poignant precipice of shedding tears of joy. On the contrary, "7 sur 5" brings in a kind of rage-of-the-tenor and an exacerbation of the band which propels them right into post-Coltrane.

A genuine quartet with true four-voice interaction. No one voice over-takes another for an expressive, tender and delicate jazz. As passionate as it is fiery! Simply beautiful and real jazz. The jazz of today!

Serge Baudot (Jazz Hot)

MCFC Bios:

French saxophonist, leader and composer Philippe Crettien has toured internationally
with the Bill Lowe/Philippe crettien Quintet featuring John Medeski. Their recording
"Sunday Train" is on Konnex records. Philippe has performed with Ed Blackwell and the
Andy Jaffe repertory Big Band. The large ensemble compositions of Andy Jaffe "An
Imperfect Storm" is available on MMMC The Philippe Crettien quartet
featuring Rick Pekham, Dave Zinno and Bob Gullotti toured France and taught at the
Toulon Jazz festival workshops. Philippe is co leading the MCFC band with guitarist
Patrick Mottaz. Philippe is now the jazz director at the Rivers School in Weston MA.

Patrick Mottaz,guitar
Diploma, Summa Cum Laude, Berklee College of Music
Mr Mottaz is the co-leader,composer and arranger of the jazz quartet MCFC which released their first CD "relatively out there"
He performs with the Haitian singer Gifrants (CD" Troubadour Sek"), The Marlene jazz trio and Marlene's original pop band (CD "Crying Days") and works as a freelance musician in Boston,New York and Miami. He has performed and recorded for various local artist covering various styles of music (jazz, blues, rock, latin, funk etc.).He recorded as a studio musician and performed extensively in Switzerland
He taught at the Ecole de Jazz et de Musique Actuelle in Switzerland, and is currently teaching at Robinson Music and Indian Hill. He studied with Jerry Bergonzi

Drummer Mike Connors has toured internationally with Combustible Edison, the 1999 Lillith Fair,Lisa Loeb, the Andre Rice Sextet and two broadway shows. Mike has also performed for or on television shows such as "Dateline NBC", "Regis and Katie Lee", "Felicity and ads for Cinemax, PBS, Microsoft NPR and more. He has played on the soundtracks for the films "inspector gadget", "fear and Loathing in Las Vegas","Gas Food Lodging and "four Rooms"

John Funkhouser Bio January 2004

A native of the Boston area, John Funkhouser (bass) studied classical piano
from the age of seven, and classical bass from age nine. He majored in
music theory at Cornell University and returned to Boston to earn a Masters
degree from New England Conservatory in jazz piano, bass and composition in
1995. After four years living in New York City, John again returned to
Boston in 2000 to raise a family, perform, and teach Bass and Ear Training
at Berklee College of Music.

Funkhouser takes an active interest in a wide spectrum of music, including
all kinds of jazz, from avant-garde to straight ahead to New Orleans Jazz,
American popular music, including funk, rock, blues, bluegrass, and hiphop,
Classical from Gregorian chant to 21st century music, Brazilian and Cuban
music, folk music of Eastern Europe and the Balkans, Hindustani Classical
music of North India, Balinese and Javanese Gamelan, and all kinds of
hybrids between these various traditions.

Since returning to Boston, Funkhouser has been in demand as a bassist,
participating in an array of musical projects with the area's most
accomplished and creative musicians. He has shared the stage with Luciana
Souza, Yoron Israel, Laszlo Gardony, Ron Savage, Tierney Sutton, Stan
Strickland, Bob Gulotti, Rick Peckham, Phil Grenadier, Brad Hatfield, Tim
Ray, Jeff Galindo, Pierre Hurel, twelve-year-old piano prodigy Matt Savage,
Patrice Williamson, John McNeil, Tim Miller, and Mark Harvey's Aardvark Jazz
Orchestra. Along with Ran Blake, Herb Pomeroy and John Harbison, he was a
featured soloist with the MIT Wind Ensemble's world premier of Mark Harvey's
magnum opus, "Beyond." Funkhouser returned to his classical roots in 2003,
joining the bass section of the New England Philharmonic under conductor
Richard Pittman. The orchestra specializes in modern music, performing
world premiers and 20th/21st Century music, as well as the standard classic

As the leader of his band FunkHouse and as a sideman, Funkhouser has toured
the US several times, performing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival,
Pittsburgh's Mellon Jazz Festival, Oklahoma City's Jazz In June (as leader
and headliner), and many other music festivals. He has played at the Blue
Note Jazz Club and other venues in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Kansas
City, Denver, and over 20 cities. John has performed abroad in such diverse
locations as Paris, Toulon, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, and
Montreal. He appeared with Matt Savage on ABC's "20/20" and twice on NBC's
"Today Show."

Funkhouser's discography includes CDs with James Merenda's Masked Marvels,
Pierre Hurel, Laura Allen, Philippe Cretien, Willie Myette, Thomas Luescher,
Dave Scott, Molly Flannery, several CDs with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra,
four CDs with Matt Savage, and two CDs as leader of his band FunkHouse.



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