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A Beautiful Friendship

by Philippe Petit Trio

Originally recorded on a whim, just to have a souvenir after over 25 years of playing together, this is the only recording available of the trio. The excellent craftsmanship of the original compositions is enhanced by the trio's obvious complicity.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. A Beautiful Friendship
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2. The Skies Will Clear
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3. Tin Tin Deo
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4. Nuit noire
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5. Elle habite au 21
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6. Later
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7. Calimero's Song
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8. Little One
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9. N'Gor
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10. Come Rain or Come Shine
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Album Notes
This album, “A Beautiful Friendship” is, as its name suggests, the result of over 30 years of comradery, both professional and personal. These three exceptional musicians have crossed musical paths is so many different contexts it’s impossible to describe them all. From private parties in improbable venues, to prestigious festivals stages, accompanying a plethora of headliners, the variety of situations and conditions in which they have found themselves has nurtured an inevitable complicity which infuses their music. Their professionalism has always been accompanied by playful banter and jokes, the trio never really taking themselves seriously enough to consider recording an album… until recently!

In 2014, drummer Eric Dervieu suggested they shout themselves to a studio session… just to have a souvenir. On hearing the raw takes, peers encouraged them to finish the project completely, by releasing an album. Thus, for your listening pleasure the album “A Beautiful Friendship” is now available.

Philippe Petit – Piano and compositions
Pierre Maingourd – Double Bass
Eric Dervieu - Drums

Recorded by Patrick Chesnais at Studio Aéronef and mixed by “Magic” Vincent Bruley at Studio Picolo (Paris).
CD Artwork - Didier Vaudron
Photographs – Lionel Baunot

Philippe Petit – Piano and compositions

Born in Bordeaux, France, Philippe Petit established himself in Paris in 1977 and worked for the Barclay Studios (now Universal) as a pianist and composer. In 1980, he met the saxophonist Francis Bourrec with whom he played until 1987 in clubs and festivals (Jazz aux Ulis, Printemps de Bourges and Salon de la Musique amongst others.)

A sought-after accompanist, Philippe performed with various singers both in France and abroad, and was a special guest at the Memphis in May Festival in Memphis, Tennessee (USA). He has also accompanied respected American soloists such as Arnett Cobb, Bud Shank, Benny Bailey and French artists such as Sylvain Beuf and Jean-Claude Fohrenbach.

In the 90’s, Philippe Petit developed an interest in the Hammond Organ, and was initially influenced by musicians such as Jimmy Smith and Mel Rhyne (organist of guitarist Wes Montgomery). The discovery of an instrument with so many stylistic possibilities allowed Philippe to explore a huge range of styles, from traditional swing and bebop, to blues, rock and jazz fusion. Sharing the stage with varied artists such as Scott Hamilton, Eric Alexander, Houston Person, Sophia Nelson, Hervé Meschinet, André Villeger, Christian Escoude, Marc Fosset, Marcel Azzola, Rhoda Scott and Dany Doriz, Philippe has developed his own personal style and is now considered one of the top specialists of the Hammond Organ in France.

Having a penchant for combining adventure and music, Philippe has toured extensively throughout Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. His passion for sharing music has led him to far off places such as the Himalayas and the Amazonian forest. In 2012, he was featured in the documentary “Venez Jouer Là” which followed the Venezuelan tour of the “Equatorial Jazz Groove” group, The Jazz Runners.
Over the years, Philippe has collaborated on numerous projects and recordings, both as sideman, composer and arranger. He currently tours with renowned vibraphonist Dany Doriz, (also owner of the famous Parisian jazz club Le Caveau de La Huchette, featured in the 2016 film La La Land).

Other organ projects include the “Men in Bop” Quartet with Olivier Defays (sax tenor), Philippe Chagne (tenor sax) and Yves Nahon (drums), the LSP Trio with Sylvain Sourdeix (soprano sax) and Jean-Luc Lopez (drums).

Recent recordings find Philippe back on the piano with long-time comrades Eric Dervieu (drums) and Pierre Maingourd (double bass), and include a collaboration with Australian singer & tap dancer Wendy Lee Taylor: “Remembering Fred Astaire” as well as “A beautiful Friendship” (Release September 2018), an album resulting in the trio’s spontaneous decision to go into the recording studio after more than 25 years of live performance together.

Eric Dervieu – Drums

Known in the French jazz circuit as “The King of Brushes”, Eric Dervieu had his jazz debut playing in the Hervé Legrand Quartet. Two years later while playing in a popular Parisian jazz club ‘Le Riverbob” he met musicians such as Kenny Clarke, Philly Joe Jones and Max Roach, but it was an encounter with Art Blakey that influenced his decision to pursue a professional musical career. He continued his musical journey with Charles Bellonzi, then in 1981 he met René Utreger, with whom he accompanied Sonny Stitt. In 1984, he played aside Riccardo del Fra in the Hervé Sellin Trio. Since, Eric Dervieu, an intrinsic part of the René Utreger band, has accompanied Jean-Louis Chautemps, Niels Henning 0rsted Pedersen... He has also accompanied Steve Grossman, Johnny Griffin, Enrico Pieranunzi, John Lewis, Slide Hampton. Pepper Adams, Tony Scott, Harry « Sweets » Edison, Ralph Moore, Peter King, Valery Ponomarev, Joe Newman, Ted Curson, Glenn Ferris, Christian Escoude, Michel Graillier, Eric Le Lann, Pierre Michelot, Sylvain Beuf...

Eric Dervieu is renowed for placing his musicality and swing at the disposition of his colleagues, adapting his style in a way that gives confidence and strength to those he accompanies.

Pierre Maingourd – Doublebass

Pierre Maingourd, a most sought after bass player, renowned for his unswayable time, and solid swing, was born in Paris in 1959. As a youngster, he taught himself guitar, but it was as a double bassist that he was hired by clarinettist René Franc in 1982. Rapidly noted for his qualities as an accompanist and his wealth of jazz knowledge, he was singled out and hired for divers bands: The Stan Set (Stan Laferrière), The Colas Trio (Nicholas Montier), Saxomania (Django d'Or 1996), and the François Laudet Big Band with whom he toured and played in the majority of European Festivals (Nice, Genève, Marciac). He has accompanied headliners such as Benny Carter, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Bud Shank, and James Morisson. Pierre has also travelled around the world with renowned pianist Claude Bolling and his Big Band.



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