Last week Thunderblender played at the Concours Tremplin Jazz d'Avignon. A pleasure to play with this band for the first time in France, especially in such a beautiful venue!
I was very honoured to be awarded the "Prix du Meilleur Instrumentiste", or Best soloist award) by the jury.
Franck Bergerot of Jazz Magazine wrote about the gig. Some very roughly(!) translated excerpts here:
....Sam Comerford having a central position, not only for his stature as composer, but also for his charisma, this completely loose lyricism that, as with Own Your Bones, blurs the borders between writing and improvisation, playing subtone with lots of air and saliva that evokes in particular the legacy of Ben Webster.
But one thinks also of more contemporary personalities such as David Murray (a little), Ellery Eskelin (a lot), the playing of a drummer with similar yet more muted activism to that of the previous evening's Dominik Mahning, both evoking the generation of Jim Black and Tom Rainey, that brings to mind Tim Berne in the interweaving of the writing and improvisation according to the the long forms (But there is a more "ligne claire" lyricism, also in the deconstruction, with Comerford.)