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Jazz, Fusion
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September 16, 2016

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'How Near How Far' is bassist Etienne Mbappé's fourth solo recording. While his previous three albums 'Mislya' (2004), 'Su La Take' (2008), and 'Pater Noster' (2013) focused on his vocal material, this is the first to concentrate primarily on instrumental ideas.

It also marks the debut of his new band the Prophets - consisting of Mbappé alongside Christophe Cravéro (acoustic and electric piano), Anthony Jambon (guitars), Clément Janinet (violin), Arno de Casanove (trumpet, flugelhorn), Hervé Gourdikian (tenor saxophone), and longtime collaborator Nicholas Viccaro (drums, percussion).

"The concept of the Prophets," Mbappé explains, "is a nod to visionaries like Miles, Coltrane, Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, Ravi Shankar, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Charlie Parker among others. We seek to extend their vision and imagine a music where there are no borders and no musical barriers. With the Prophets, I decided to come back to instrumental music...I wanted to get away from the strict song format - verse, bridge, chorus - and focus more on the music itself."

With the unusual trumpet/tenor/violin frontline leading the way, the Prophets explore eleven Mbappé originals, which touch on a number of international traditions while bridging cultural divides via deft musicianship and a thoughtful, conversational improvisational approach.

Mbappé is a much in-demand sideman and collaborator, leading to high-profile recordings and performances as a member of John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension and the Ringers (with Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, and Gary Novak), plus sideman appearances with such artists Joe Zawinul, Manu Dibango, Robben Ford, Slif Keita, Ray Charles, Steps Ahead, and saxophonist Bill Evans.

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Catalogue number ABLX055
Barcode 0700261442662
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 34g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 3mm x 124mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. John Ji 06:15
2. Bandit Queen 04:28
3. Lagos Market 04:20
4. How Near How Far 05:17
5. Make It Easy 05:03
6. Milonga In 7 (To Astor Piazzola) 04:14
7. Bad As I’m Doing 05:18
8. Mang Lady 05:42
9. Assiko Twerk 05:02
10. Day Message (To Joe Zawinul) 07:05
11. Day Message (To Joe Zawinul) 05:20