I have always been fascinated by a form of "musical psychonanalysis" . Returning to the sources. To the origin. A few years ago now, I proposed to Bill, that he returned to his source. His, is in the church. It is there that he learned music and the piano.
In 2009 we recorded at La Buissonne a piano solo album based on "Hymns and Church Songs" . Both of us being dissatisfied with the result, the album was never published. But the idea bothers me. It is in this vein of "Americana" that with him means so much to me. There is also something else that bothers me. Bill never writes arrangements. He who possesses such a personal sense of harmony.
In 2011, thanks to Vision Fugitive, I therefore proposed that we pick up the theme with a larger formation and especially a choir for which he would write all the harmonies. Two birds with one stones. For in the African-American music, that is so close to our hearts, the origins are also in part from the church - and the cotton fields. But it is to gospel that we are referring. Bill is a Lutheran protestant, Peg, a catholic and I, an atheist. And it is therefore closer to Bach that we find the flow of our source.
And I am no less proud.
photo Cecil Marhieu
Bill Carrothers has been a professional pianist for over 25 years. He has played many venues throughout the U. S. and Europe including the Village Gate, Knitting Factory, Birdland, Blues Alley, New Morning (Paris), the Audi Jazz Festival in Brussels, the
Nevers Jazz Festival (where he shared the bill with Abbey Lincoln), the Montreal Jazz Festival , Jazz Middelheim, and the
Marciac Festival in France. In October of 2000, Mr. Carrothers headlined the prestigious Rising Star Tour throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. He has been a leader on seventeen recordings, all of which have received critical acclaim. His sideman credits have included some of the greatest names in jazz, including Joe Beck, Scot t Colley, Buddy DeFranco, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Eric Gravatt, Drew Gress, Tim Hagans, Billy Higgins, Ari Hoenig, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Gary Peacock, Dewey Redman, Charlie Rouse, James Spaulding, Bill Stewart, Ben Street, Ira Sullivan, Toots Thielemans, and Benny Wallace.
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