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Jazz'in Chopin

by Serge Forté Trio

A jazz album recorded live in trio (piano, contrebass, drums), inspired by the great improviser who was Frédéric Chopin, precursor and jazzman before the term, to give you the opportunity to rediscover his music.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. étude #6
6:02 $0.99
2. Prélude #7 / Berceuse
7:48 $0.99
3. Ballade #1
11:08 $0.99
4. Andante Spianato
10:04 $0.99
5. Mazurka #4
7:53 $0.99
6. Suite Révolutionnaire Part 1
3:39 $0.99
7. Suite Révolutionnaire Part 2
2:23 $0.99
8. Suite Révolutionnaire Part 3
4:53 $0.99
9. Suite Révolutionnaire Part 4
2:43 $0.99
10. Suite Révolutionnaire Part 5
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11. Prélude #4
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Album Notes
(See Japanese version with Serge's bio hereunder)

Story of the recording :
The Jazz' in Chopin project started in 1999 during a dinner organized by our friends Danielle and Henry, in connection with the Chopin year (150th death anniversary) with Polish official representatives. It was a charming evening (beautiful recipes by Henry !) but as a jazz pianist, I didn’t see very well which contribution I could bring to such event ...
However, at one time, we talked about jazz in Poland (which is very active) and some jazzmen who didn’t hesitate to transform Chopin’s works into jazz and in particular a trio who played only Chopin ! I have suddenly had a vision : a mixture of images, precise and at the same time fuzzy and during a few minutes I should not have paid much attention to the discussion in progress... It was like an idea, that I had always had but hidden deep in me, suddenly tried to appear. I always adored Chopin ! He even is my preferred composer !
I already played in concert an arrangement on his “prelude n° 4” … I recorded “study n°1” by Scriabin (arranged it also) who was a great Chopin’s fan ! (at the point to fall asleep with Master’s works under his pillow when he was small)... How I hadn't thought earlier of continuing this step? At this moment, when I took again my spirits, Pascale, who had taken in my place the course of the discussion, precisely proposed to our hosts to listen to my version of the study n°1. Just after, my Polish interlocutors highly encouraged me to work on Chopin !
A few months later I made my first "Jazz' in Chopin" concert at the Polish Institute of Paris. After 3 years of hard work the result is this Cd : "Jazz' in Chopin". I hope that you will be able to realize, as I could do it during my various harmonic analyses, at which point Chopin was not only a great composer but also a master improviser. What makes him one of the first Jazz pianists !...


French musicians who played after the big band did not have the easy spot, especially with the intimist character of their music witch requires a certain concentration and a rather particular environment. Serge Forté, Peter Herbert and Steve Shehan appeared truly magicians knowing how to control the sound and the public. Their music, very thorough on the aesthetic side to the European artists, moved in a space where sound and silence played equality with very moderate colours. This music was in charge of an immense emotion and a very jazz feeling. The must was the interpretation of Chopin in Jazz, and there we could notice that there are not only the Polish musicians who can shine in this field!!!
Festival of Cracow, May 17, 2000, Robert BUCZEK

Serge Forté plays in a climate of inspiration and respiration. Chopin’s soul is not interpreted, revisited, or not copied - it is sublimated with the exact and relative definition of the dictionary: "to distil the volatile elements".
Franck Ténot


Etude No6,Ballade No1,Andante Spianato,Mazurka No4,Suite Revolutionnare Part1〜5他全11曲収録
Serge Forte(セルジュ フォルテ)
Jazz ピアニスト、作曲家、編曲家。1960年5月1日チュニス生まれ。

1988年から1990年の間、パリのCIM(Jazz音楽学校)で教え、その後ラテン色の濃い《VAINA》を録音する。そこにはボーナストラックとしてMichel Petrucciani
とのデュオも録音されている。このPetruccianiの参加によってメディアの前にも姿を現すようになる。ポワチエでのMiles Davisの前座、ハイネケンフェスィバルで
の Stan Gets、Petruccianiの前座etc...
1992年には、フレンチシャンソンの名曲を取り入れた《La Vie en Bleu》を、
1994年には《Mosaique》を録音。それからOscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Erroll Garner, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Phineas Newborn, Lennie Tristano
2003年、アルバム《Jazz'in Chopin》発売。このアルバムでは、ショパンのメロ
ディーがJazzスタンダード曲として取り扱われます。その結果、クラシックとJazzには実質的境界線がないことが明らかに感じられます。パーカッショニストMino Cineluとニューヨークで録音された《Thanks For All》は、ロマンティック音楽、
Serge Forteは、ビッグアーティストSheila Jordanの最新アルバム《Believe in Jazz》において、彼女のトリオと共に演奏できたことを誇りに思っています。
Believe in Jazz,そのタイトルには現役の偉大なJazz Vocalのうちの一人の歴史が
要約されています。アルバム《La Boheme》は,《La Vie en Bleu》の流れで、
しかしAlain Chamfortらボーカルゲストを迎えての作品で、遺産としての



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Jazz'in Chopin
Did you have the MJQ in mind? Absolutely beautiful!!! Love the bass work! Bryan


Concert in USA, NY, Riverhead (Long Island)
Hello, Serge Forté will give his very first concert in USA on MAY 3rd, at the NEW SUFFOLK THEATER in Riverhead, Long Island, NY. You will find the link of the event hereunder :

Chuck Bolger

Fabulous Forte
Serge Forte ought to be famous. He possesses the keyboard artistry and musical touch of a Kenny Barron, a Keith Jarrett, even (dare I say) an Oscar Peterson. On this CD his interpretations of Chopin are masterful, AND jazzy, which should appeal to lovers of both musical forms. And, his Trio is tight! The Suite Revolutionnaire ventures almost into Free Jazz, but one must admire the creative forces at work here. If you are a Jazz fan with any sense of musical adventure (and shouldn\'t every Jazz fan be thus?), Jazz\'in Chopin is a must for your collection.

Chuck Bolger
\"Jazz Or Something Like It\" on 91.7 FM, WMUH Allentown (PA)