Archive for April 9th, 2010

Christophe de Villa – Jazz and Soulful

Paris born Christophe de Villa started his musical career in a Rock band and performed later in Parisian funky bands. Addicted by the funky style of British guitarist Ronny Jordan (The Antidote) he soon played with his friends acid jazz and smooth jazz standards. But he is also a fan of the soulful house (deep house, garage, funky house).

On his new album Jazz and Soulful (2010) you will find all these musical elements combined in a mesmerizing mélange. Christophe comments: “I decided in two minutes that “Jazz and Soulful” had to be the name of this album. It was an evidence because it means exactly what is inside this CD: Jazz, Acid-Jazz, Funky-Jazz, Soul, Smooth-Jazz and House Music.”

When you want to learn anything about a musician, you have to listen to his music. Christophe’s album is an open book, because he puts all his influences into this nutshell. Foremost Christoph performs guitars, bass and synths on his project.

No wonder, that he launches the album with Wes Montgomery’s tune Jingles. Ask three guitarists, who is their idol and they will certainly answer “Wes”. Wes recorded this tune for his debut album The Wes Montgomery Trio – A Dynamic New Sound (1959). Somehow Wes build with his style for future genres like acid and smooth jazz. This raw and edgy organ sound in combination with Christophe’s elegant guitar riffs is a great flashback. Gabriel Midon shines on piano with expressive runs. And Christophe’s bass is the icing on the cake.

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