European Standards. Lionel Belmondo Trio
Lionel Belmondo Trio
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After the success of the Hymne au Soleil trilogy, which earned him several Victoires du Jazz, Lionel Belmondo has opted for the more intimate trio format for his latest project, entitled European Standards. On it, Belmondo reimagines classical music - European "standards" - much like American jazz musicians did in the past with popular music. A storyteller born with sturdy lungs and the most charming of Southern French accents, Belmondo gives us Schubert's "Serenade," Chopin's "Prelude" and Wagner's "Song to the Evening Star," as well as several of his own compositions. This is an organic album from an extraordinarily talented saxophonist, one who favors realistic, natural and totally acoustic sounds and jazz without a safety net: no frills, no effects.