Pourquoi / Philip Catherine

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"Pourquoi" is a composition by Philip Catherine lending its name to the second studio encounter with his guitar confrere Paul Morello and bass player Sven Faller. A "Pourquoi" which - yes, you read this right - is written without a question mark. A little word play by the jazz guitar master Philip Catherine and that those who know him will certainly recognize, as he also is a witty man, in life and on stage. A living, young-at-heart jazz legend turning eighty in 2022. A musician who is appreciated as a national hero in Belgium, the small country with the great jazz scene. These three top artists perform with a virtually natural flow, stylistically assured through all genres, at times vivaciously swinging, at others contemplative and condensed like a film score.

After their first album "Manoir de mes rêves" and In over fifty concerts, Catherine, Morello and Faller have let their trio art and repertoire mature. Like a good wine. They have developed an interplay of chamber-music-like quality, avoiding cheap 'guitar battles', concentrated on constantly listening and reacting and completed by Faller's double bass with a sure pulse and canon-like counter melodies. The evocative vividness and atmospheric intensity of this music is largely due to Philip Catherine, the great melodist and 'chansonnier' of the jazz guitar, who can, as Paulo Morello states "make the guitar sing and sound like nobody else". A melodious excellence which embraces the whole trio and penetrates each solo, from Catherine's unique sound, lyrical phrases and groovy sense of swing, to Paul Morello who adopts the more acoustic and Brazilian part on this album.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: May 27, 2022

  • Catalog Number: ENJ-9799

  • UPC: 767522979923

  • Label: Yellowbird

  • Number of Discs: 1