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Around Jaco

by Monino

Performed by Monino, and some of the most exciting jazz improvisers in Europe,this masterpiece is an unique tribute to Jaco PASTORIUS.With original arrangements,discover a perfect wedding of elegant poetry and groove.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Continuum
5:23 album only
2. Round Trip / Broadway Blues
3:25 album only
3. Bright Size Life
3:58 album only
4. Punktroduction
1:00 album only
5. Punk Jazz
6:23 album only
6. Three Views of a Secret
6:15 album only
7. Teen Town
3:34 album only
8. Liberty City
7:01 album only
9. Speak Like a Child / Kuru
6:35 album only
10. Used to Be a Chacha
5:21 album only


Album Notes

"Around Jaco", Tribute to Jaco Pastorius with:
Frederic Monino (5 strings Frettless bass), Lionel Suarez (accordéon), Stephane Huchard (batterie), François Jeanneau (sax soprano),
Thomas Depourquery (sax alto), Olivier Ker Ourio (harmonica),
Louis Winsberg (guitares), Franck Tortiller (vibraphone).
Liners notes Laurent CUGNY and Ingrid PASTORIUS.
"Four stars " by "Jazzman Magazine, "Disque d'emoi" from "Jazzmagazine", Elected by "Citizen Jazz ", Jazz Selection in "Bassiste magazine","Le Monde" , "Midi Libre", "Basstension", "Macao Jazz", "DNJ", All About Jazz...

About "Around Jaco":

“Always such a tremendous treat to hear Jaco's compositions, especially done with love and respect, honoring Jaco with your beautiful renditions of his music! Thank you Frédéric!” Ingrid PASTORIUS

« A feeling of great serenity emerges from this recording and what a joy to hear all these musicians together, forming or at least belonging to a kind of family - the kind that can get together to play this music «Around Jaco» ». Laurent CUGNY


«…There are at least three potential pitfalls to such a project. The first is that Monino as a bassist might suffer in comparison to the daunting virtuosity of the object of his homage. Second, such tributes risk being excessively reverential . The third risk is that Pastorius—whose absence is much regretted, but whose legacy is only beginning to be assessed—is not up to the tribute. Monino succeeds on all three counts. Evidence of great achievement on the part of the late bassist, it is no small achievement for Monino...» JEFF DAYTON-JOHNSON. All About Jazz

« This is an intelligent rereading of Pastorius’ compositions with original instrumentation based on a trio…As an instrumentalist, Monino had the bright idea of not plagiarizing his master and playing this repertoire his own way, with his own tone and balanced mixing. And we truly appreciate his approach, which is modest, innovative and respectful at the same time » Lionel ESKENAZI. 4 Stars Jazzman

« As you listen, the choice of title becomes obvious: this isn’t just a tribute to the most famous electric bass player, the one we refer to when we talk about "before Jaco" and "after Jaco".
It’s really about an exploration into Pastorius heritage, a rereading and widening of horizons. Respecting the legacy but asserting your own identity ….Relevant arrangements, toned down individualism for the sake of the collective work, and the obvious desire to create a kind of bridge between American and European jazz contribute to making this ambitious disc a real success. »
Arnaud STEFANI.Elected disc Citizen Jazz

«A bass player paying tribute to Jaco Pastorius? Suspicious... But you’re wrong. Fred Monino isn’t just using Jaco as an excuse to show off. That’s not what he’s about... So to avoid ad-libbing in the same old groove as the regrettable zealots of the regretted Floridian poet, Monino formed a trio of hidalgos with just the right tone and tempo... For good measure and to explore all the possible jacological sounds, our three friends invited five others - a great idea, because this major fifth has made a decisive contribution... Rarely has Jaco’s music been so loved. And yes, that love is contagious. Highly and warmly recommended by your humble servant »
Frederic GOATY (Editor of Jazzmagazine).Disc d’émoi

« Frederic Monino's fretless bass playing does not hide where he's coming from, instantly evoking Jaco Pastorius. But the trio develops a personal and original colour of its own, giving us beautiful, refined arrangements that the guest soloists help to bring out. You immediately get a sense of space listening to this album. Nothing seems forced, each choice (of arrangement, soloist etc.) justtifies itself. The music breathes and the listener breathes with it. Around Jaco explores Pastorius' world - and very well in my view - but above all, gives us a chance to hear a group with a superb sound and that's the important thing.»
Pierre VILLERET.Macao jazz

« …Grafted onto his basic trio made up of Lionel Suarez on accordion and Stephane Huchard on drums, are several distinguished guests …The unlikely composition of this line-up of brilliant soloists produces arrangements that are unexpected to say the least. Frederic Monino’s 5-string fretless Leduc U-bass clearly shines in this music, reinterpreted with the kind of elegance Jaco Pastorius himself would not have shunned »
Paolo COCCINA.Bassiste Magazine

« …Strange line-up for this repertoire, but it’s a question of respecting the spirit rather than the letter. Monino is a past master in this little game: his music refuses any kind of standardization, advocates complicity and improvisation. We’re in Pastorius territory here! Olivier Ker Ourio, François Jeanneau, Louis Winsberg, Thomas de Pourquery and Franck Tortiller are among the guests, adding to the excellence of the group as a whole, with some bravura passages: Teen town or again, the leader’s awesome solo in Punktroduction… »
Eric DELHAYE. Midi Libre

More press releases:

A gifted bass player, Frédéric Monino, member of the National Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Laurent Cugny, regularly appears in the French and European Jazz circuit. He has multiplied his artistic collaborations as a sideman, playing everything from Mediterranean to Brazilian, traditional to variety, improvised to contemporary, and from jazz to flamenco.
His collaborations include:
Emmanuel Bex,Jean-marc Padovani, Betsy Jolas, Marcia Maria,Monica Passos,Franck Tortiller, Antoine Herve,Stefano di Battista,Didier Lockwood,Juliette Greco,Maria Schneider, Jorge Pardo, Lucky Peterson, Sylvain Luc, Louis Winsberg, Claude Barthelemy,Esperanza Fernandez, Houria Aichi, Francois Jeanneau, Bobby Rangell, David Linx, Baly Othmani,Olivier Ker Ourio, Clifford Jarvis, Kevan Chemirani, Jean-michel Pilc, Philippe Deschepper, Antonello Salis, François Laizeau, Stephane Huchard, Patrice Héral, Ramon Lopez, etc ...

His various facets as composer and inspired musician reveal the eclectic nature of his musical encounters; an abundant, wide-ranging career, resulting today, in a mature pertinent bass, dedicated to improvisation, exchange and musical quality.
He has developed a career as a leader, through his widely acclaimed debut album: « First Meeting » (2002 Le Chant du monde) with guest Stefano di Battista: 4 stars Jazzman, Jazz selection, Le Monde. Liner notes by Steve Swallow.

The great composer contemporary Betsy Jolas composed for him a solo for 5 strings bass "E sempre la notte va...".

In 2006, F.M. recorded his second album dedicated to Jaco Pastorius "Around Jaco" with: Lionel Suarez (accordion), Stephane Huchard (drums), François Jeanneau (sax soprano), Thomas Depourquery (sax alto), Olivier Ker Ourio (harmonica), Louis Winsberg (guitars),
Franck Tortiller (vibraphone).
Liners notes Laurent CUGNY and Ingrid PASTORIUS.
CD d'emoi Jazzmagazine, Elected citizen Jazz,
4 * "Jazzman", Jazz Selection "Bassiste magazine",
Jazz Selection "Le Monde"...

- Since 1990, Frederic Monino organizes workshops in French conservatories and music schools.
- In 1999, F.M. was one of the creators of "Continuum", association and website whose goal is to infuse a new dynamic to jazz and improvised music by openin a collaboration with other musicians through Europe. "Continuum" proposes on the web, information about the world of jazz through online music transcriptions, pedagogical documents, university studies.
- F.M. was one of the participating authors of "Rythmes" by Daniel Goyone "Ed. Outre Mesure"
- From 2000 to 2001, he taught at the conservatory of Narbonne.
- He has been teaching at the Paul Valery University of Montpellier from 2001 to 2005, giving courses on “Jazz history” and workshops improvised music .

F.M. is sponsored by Christophe LEDUC for his semi- acoustic fretless and fretted 5 string U Bass. An acoustic 5 string bass guitar was created in collaboration with Christophe Leduc.

Selective Discography:
- Laurent Cugny Big Band Lumière "Dromesko"(Polygram)
- Orchestre National de Jazz "Yesternow"(Polygram)
- O.N.J + Lucky Peterson "In Tempo"(Polygram)
- O.N.J "Reminiscing"(Polygram)
- O.N.J "Merci, merci, merci"(Polygram)
- Big Band Lumière + David Linx
"A Personal Landscape"(Universal)
- Frédéric Favarel Quintet.Guest:Phil Abraham.
- Frederic Monino Quintet + Stefano DiBattista.
"First Meeting" (Chant du monde/Harmonia mundi)
- Frederic Favarel trio
"Quelques chansons... et autres transformations" (Dom)
- Jean-marc Padovani quintet "Cantilenes"(Harmonia mundi)
- Académie du jazz - 50 ans de prix Django Reinhardt
with Laurent Cugny Big Band (Nocturnal Art)
- "Around Jaco" Frederic Monino trio + guest (Dom)
- Emmanuel Bex/Monica Passos "Organsong quintet" (Naive)



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A masterpiece !
This tribute to Jaco Pastorius is a masterpiece... Frederic Monino is really a great bassist, he plays not only fast but with inspiration... a perfect mix of elegant poetry and groove, for sure !!! this album is at the same time original and respectful, it is not a simple clone...
you will hear something else...


Like a continuum...
I'm a fan of Jaco's playing and music, I recently bought this CD... I'm not disapointed, the album is original in this orchestration and all musicians are fantastic, specially Monino, who is really an inspired man, not only a technical bassist, as you can hear many ones... Here you find some kind of good soul in his fingers!
Like a "continuum of jaco legacy"...