JM Cabrol Quartet — review

16 August 2014

On Saturday evening le jardin du jazz opened its doors for the second concert of the 2014 season. On stage were the JM Cabrol Quartet — Jean-Michel Cabrol on sax, accompanied by Gérard Poncin on piano, Vincent Calmettes on percussion, and Philippe Panel on bass guitar.

Around 60 people enjoyed a magical evening that featured soaring, graceful sax and piano solos that captivated the audience and transcended the slightly autumnal chill in the air. During the first half, Cabrol and his colleagues played several original compositions, including two based on classics from the French ‘chanson’ tradition: ‘La Javanaise’ by Serge Gainsbourg and Sacha Distel’s ‘La Belle Vie’.

After the interval the quartet interpreted some of the great jazz standards, including Miles Davis’s ‘Some Day My Prince Will Come’, interspersed with more of their own compositions such as ‘Butterfly’, ‘Third Ride’ and ‘Soledad’.

As an encore, as if to show their appreciation for the audience’s warmth and attentiveness, and their obvious pleasure in the evening’s music, the four musicians treated us to a singular, almost explosive interpretation of Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’.

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