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Oscar ...A Tribute

by Serge Forté Trio

The French pianist, Serge Forté, presents his tribute to the great Master Oscar Peterson.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. Rock of Ages
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2. Moanin'
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3. Canadian Market Place
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4. Take the A Train
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5. Funky Oscar
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6. Caravan
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7. Indiana
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8. Saint Thomas
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9. Summertime
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10. Nigerian Market Place
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Album Notes
Here is the brand new cd OSCAR, a Tribute to the Great Master Oscar Peterson, recorded Live in Paris with Serge Forté on piano, Jean Wellers on bass, and Charley Obin on percussions.
NB : This is the international version, a special Japanese one has been released in April 2008, on sale only in Japan,with another cover and without the solo piano version of \"Nigerian market place\".
Please find hereunder Serge Forté\'s bio, and below the translation for our Japanese friends.

Serge Forté, Jazz pianist, composer, arranger,
born 1st May 1960 in Tunis.
At 18 years old, studying musicology in Lyon, he discovers Jazz and listen to all masters with avidity. He teached classical piano to pay his studies, playing with local groups also.
Professor at CIM, Paris, from 1988 to 1990, Serge Forté recorded VAÏNA latin jazz compositions, with in bonus a duo with Michel Petrucciani, followed by many concerts as 1st parts of Miles Davis in Poitiers, Stan Getz and Michel Petrucciani at Festival Heineken, etc.…
In 1992, Serge recorded the future LA VIE EN BLEU, on French Songs , and then MOSAÏQUE in 1994.
Working on the play of Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Erroll Garner, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Phineas Newborn, Lennie Tristano, taking some distance from his first latin mood and going deeper in his technique and harmonic play.
In 2003 comes the album, JAZZ’IN CHOPIN.Chopin’s melodies are treated here like Jazz Standards. The result perfectly illustrate the lack of border between Classical and Jazz.
THANKS FOR ALL, with percussionist Mino Cinelu, recorded in New York in 1997, is a vibrant tribute to all the musicians who influenced him. THe cd has been released in january 2004 and is nominated by the Fnac for the Victoires du Jazz 2005.
Serge Forté is also very proud to be present with his trio on the only french recording from the great Sheila Jordan, BELIEVE IN JAZZ whose title summarizes perfectly the history of one of the greatest Jazz singers in activity.
The album La BOHEME presents a very personal vision of the inheritance of French Song, in the line of LA VIE EN BLEU, but with 3 sung titles, and the exceptional participation of Alain Chamfort.
His students enjoy today his great talent of pedagog and his help to prepare competition or concerts.

Serge Forte(セルジュ フォルテ)
Jazz ピアニスト、作曲家、編曲家。1960年5月1日チュニス生まれ。

1988年から1990年の間、パリのCIM(Jazz音楽学校)で教え、その後ラテン色の濃い《VAINA》を録音する。そこにはボーナストラックとしてMichel Petrucciani
とのデュオも録音されている。このPetruccianiの参加によってメディアの前にも姿を現すようになる。ポワチエでのMiles Davisの前座、ハイネケンフェスィバルで
の Stan Gets、Petruccianiの前座etc...
1992年には、フレンチシャンソンの名曲を取り入れた《La Vie en Bleu》を、
1994年には《Mosaique》を録音。それからOscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Erroll Garner, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Phineas Newborn, Lennie Tristano
2003年、アルバム《Jazz\'in Chopin》発売。このアルバムでは、ショパンのメロ
ディーがJazzスタンダード曲として取り扱われます。その結果、クラシックとJazzには実質的境界線がないことが明らかに感じられます。パーカッショニストMino Cineluとニューヨークで録音された《Thanks For All》は、ロマンティック音楽、
Serge Forteは、ビッグアーティストSheila Jordanの最新アルバム《Believe in Jazz》において、彼女のトリオと共に演奏できたことを誇りに思っています。
Believe in Jazz,そのタイトルには現役の偉大なJazz Vocalのうちの一人の歴史が
要約されています。アルバム《La Boheme》は,《La Vie en Bleu》の流れで、
しかしAlain Chamfortらボーカルゲストを迎えての作品で、遺産としての


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Karl Stober

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If jazz proves one thing throughout its historical journey, it’s that the tragedy lies, when that which is unleashed is not experienced.

Serge Forte is an experience one should grasp, and often. His ivory “Take the A-Train” is nothing less than meticulousness musicianship; for his implementation of his Oscar Peterson influence, has a very precise vision. Forte seeds the dramatic flair of his 2008 tribute release from Ella Productions Oscar, by offering an honoring perspective to jazz icon, Oscar Peterson.

With each cut, one gets a feeling that Mr. Peterson’s influence is sitting on the piano bench with him.

I was so taken by the ivory journey that, I allowed myself a comparative spin of “Take the A-Train.” I recently spun the late Michel Petrucciani’s “Take the A-Train” and listened in amazement to that fever pitch execution of numerous dialogues. Specifically the left hand arrangement piece in the introduction, which Forte developed in the company of good friend Petrucciani. In the same breath, I felt that same pulsation with Forte as I did with Petrucciani, allowing anticipation in; with the exuberance of his revolutionary ivory craftsmanship’s next push-n-play.

The melting pot of mixed musical emotions in the intro to “Summertime” is another fine example of rigorous improvisation. This Gershwin classic jazz sways into another dimension with this juggernaut arrangement. Partnered with Charlie Obins percussions; leading the foundational beat to Jean Weller’s bass, acting as the trio’s able guide; the sound is crafty and delicious.

Like many of the pieces on this project what comes to life is the psyche of Serge Forte. Whether you spin Forte’s own “Canadian Market Place” or Rollins “Saint Thomas”, the experience has that rare aura of exclusivity when technique is bantered about amongst the populace.

Forte is in a classical sphere few have accomplished, cleverly dispensing sly jazz concepts… Oscar is a blue-chip spin; heavy in sophisticated intellect!
Karl Stober