France’s new jazz stars join forces in a multifaceted chamber-jazz duo paying tribute to the grand jazz and folk music history of their home country and transporting it into here and now.
Alongside and thanks to his ACT colleague Youn Sun Nah – who took him with her on her tour of France and into the studio band for her album "Same Girl"– the 33 year-old accordionist Vincent Peirani is undisputedly the French shooting star of the last two years. The French Jazz Magazine named him Artist of the Year 2013 for the wealth of variety, technical top-difficulties and percussive inventiveness that the Nice-born Parisian enticed out of his accordions on his so aptly entitled ACT debut album "Thrill Box". The jury of the Académie du Jazz honoured him with the coveted "Prix Django Reinhardt" award almost simultaneously.No less in demand is Emilee Parisien, who is two years younger, comes from Cahors and also lives in Paris. Like Peirani on the accordion, Parisien is seen as the reinventer of the sopra...line up
Recorded by Jean-Paul Gonnod, October 26 - 28, 2013 at Studio de Meudon, France. Assistant: Nicolas Isnard
Mixed by Jean-Paul Gonnod at Studio de Meudon
Mastered by Klaus Scheuermann
Cover Art (Detail) by Philip Taaffe / ACT Art Collection