Ray Lema Quintet “VSNP- Very Special New Production”

Ray Lema : Piano & Vocal ; Etienne Mbappe : Bass ; Nicolas Viccaro : drums; Irving Acao : saxophone ; Sylvain Gontard : Trumpet (check press release here )

09 new pieces for this great quintet composed of excellent musicians, traveling companions of Ray Lema for many years.

Etienne Mbappe on bass plays the role of the Master drum in the musical tradition of Central Africa, he shares the Verb with Ray Lema whose melodic and controlled piano playing calms down or stirs the passion and power of the young Nicolas Viccaro on drums who accompanies and highlights the edge of the two horns, Irving Acao on tenor sax and Sylvain Gontard on trumpet

4 titles are dedicated to special people for Ray LEMA: Fela Anikulapo and Herbie Hancock, both sources of inspiration, his friend “who is the pride of Africa,” the Malian essayist Aminata Traoré, and his uncle, Etienne NKAZI from the village of Ntimansi in the DRC, who died in February 2010 at the age of 129 years (whose life is partly told in the book “Congo” by David Van Reybrouck.

All musics and lyrics from  Ray Lema, except (*) lyrics from Anouk; Produced by One Drop, distributed by Rue Stendhal; Recorded at Studio 7ème Ciel by Jean-Maurice Hayano – oct. 2012


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