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Hector Martignon Foreign Affair Trio release”Sous Le Vent” April 5

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Hector Martignon – piano, Eduardo Dudú Penz – e-bass, Raphael Nick – drums, Guests: Luis Bonilla – trombone, Jean-Lou Treboux – vibraphone, Xavier Paternot – flute.
No two cities are more dissimilar and difficult to compare than New York and Geneva. Even both cities’ proximity to large, important bodies of water fail at close examination: New York’s mighty Hudson and the stormy Atlantic, versus Geneva’s tranquil Rhone and the peaceful and majestic Lake of Leman share little beyond their constituent molecule, H2O. If anything, then New York City’s mountains of glass and concrete, called skyscrapers, compete in awesomeness and daring with the towering Alpine peaks surrounding Geneva.
Still, commuting between both cities for the last 15 years to visit my daughter Leticia and her children in Geneva, I saw a musical home flourish and thrive in both cities, to which this CD offers the finest testament.
Having worked with Raphael Nick on several Afro-Cuban-tinged projects and enjoying his versatility and virtuosity, we decided to join forces whenever I would come to Switzerland. He brought amazing Brazilian bass virtuoso Dudú Penz to the mix voilà! A magic recipe was ready to cook.
Prelude X (Hector Martignon) has had a tortuous life; born as incidental music for the award-winning play by Mario Damient, Cita a Ciegas, in which the late Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges’ last years in blindness are depicted, I decided to include a piano version of it as the 10th of 24 Preludes I wrote for my students and fellow pianists. It eventually served as the mysterious vehicle for improvisation with which this album begins. Serendipitously, Borges’ remains rest in Geneva.
Pasilleando (Hector Martignon) is my take on Pasillo, the piano-based genre from my birthplace, Bogota, which opens the stage to a devilish Venezuelan-Colombian Joropo rhythm. Band member (even after moving to Puerto Rico!) Jean-Lou Treboux adds just the magic vibe with his virtuosic vibe-playing.
Our arrangement of Herbie Hancock’s arrangement of The Eagles’ NY Minutestrives to transmit the urgency and restlessness of life in my home in NYC. No one better than my friend and trombone virtuoso Luis Bonilla to do just that.
One Step Behind (Hector Martignon) is my ode to the futility of attempting to outrun life.
Johnny Come Lately, one of Billy Strayhorn’s most swinging compositions for Duke Ellington, seems to be born at the crossing of straight ahead and Latin Jazz; it swings both ways!
Sous Le Vent (Hector Martignon) is another 24 Preludes re-born as a 6. Sous Le Vent (Hector Martignon) is another of the 24 Preludes re-born as a Jazz tune in the Choro style; this time, re-purposed to pay tribute to the spellbinding place where most of the magic happened, a splendid estate at the shore of Lake of Leman which owner Xavier Paternot generously opened to us (and many other musicians) to rehearse and perform whatever music came to be. Xavier also adds to the mix the most delicate color of his flute-playing.
Amazonas bears witness to Brazilian composer Joao Donato’s strong NYC-Latin influence, having played in Eddie Palmieri’s band.
Bye Bye Brasil, written by Roberto Menescal and Chico Buarque, is the title song in the movie of the same name. It depicts the quintessential Brazilian emotion of saudade, the longing to return to love and home when in exile.
Gabriela (Hector Martignon) is the latest reincarnation of a tune I wrote for the late Ray Barretto’s Jazz band in the early 90’s.
Let New York and Geneva share the shore at Sous Le Vent, Under The Wind!
Recorded and mixed at Riverside Studio Torino, Italy, in November 2022. Sound Engineer: Alessandro Taricco. Technical Assistant: Gianpiero Ferrando. Mastered by ATN Audio Technic in October 2023 by Andreas Neresheimer. Photos by: Aline Christinat. Art direction & package design: Al Gold. Produced by Hector Martignon, Raphael Nick, Kabir Sehgal, and Joachim Becker. Liner Notes by Hector Martignon.
Foreign Affair Trio Photo: Aline Christinat

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