Ted Curson (American Trompetist et Composer)

This is the brand new release of the 77 years-old trumpet legend from Philadelphia— an intense album recorded at the University of the Sorbonne. The power sextet set the Amphithéâtre Richelieu on fire !

Checking out Ted Curson means taking a journey through the history of jazz. An alumnus from the Granoff Musical Conservatory in Philadelphia, Ted Curson was advised by MILES DAVIS to come to New York. He joined the CHARLES MINGUS and went on to play with ERIC DOLPHY, MAL WALDRON, PHILLY JOE JONES, MAX ROACH… He also co-led a beautiful quintet with saxophonist BILL BARRON.

He went on to play with COLTRANE, ARCHIE SHEPP and CECIL TAYLOR. Ted's music gained further recognition when it was used in the film Teorema by Pier Paolo PASOLINI. Ted Cruson is not only a great soloist but he also stands out as a member of historical horn sections on world hits recorded alongside LITTLE RICHARD (" Tutti Frutti »), ARETHA FRANKLIN (" I Say a Little Prayer »), JIMI HENDRIX, JAMES BROWN, ETTA JAMES…

Ted Curson is also a great entertainer — if you've heard him live you know what I'm talking about — and for eight years he hosted the Blue Note jam-session in New York. He is now a prominent member of the SPIRIT OF LIFE ENSEMBLE, a fiery band frequently heard in Paris clubs.

Ted Curson is among the trend-setters who defined the turn from bebop to free jazz with other trumpet luminaries such as BOOKER LITTLE and FREDDIE HUBBARD. He became a towering influence very early and in the late 50's LEE MORGAN and OLU DARA studied with him. With his original and surprising style Ted Curson brings together a dynamic and angular approach with a feel for the blues. He's always been very much his own man and has never shied from an artistic challenge. He can play a Ray Charles number and follow up with a nod to Eric Dolphy, pick up his piccolo trumpet or start some crazy scat. His huge musical appetite pushes him forward constantly, with a fierce dedication for jazz and a serious sense of humour.

On this magnificent album, Ted is joined by the smoking tenor of RICKY FORD (another MINGUS alumnus), the exciting SARAH MORROW (who played with RAY CHARLES, DAVID MURRAY, and currently tours with Dr. John), the very musical TOM McCLUNG (who holds the piano chair in the ARCHIE SHEPP quartet), the ever solid PETER GIRON (CHARLES EARLAND, LUTHER ALLISON) and the spectacular DOUG SIDES (HERBIE HANCOCK, JOE HENDERSON, JOHNNY GRIFFIN). During this fantastic concert, the sextet played with percussive spontaneity. The result is a music that never wavers in intensity— they really take no prisoners. Ted's soaring cries make an aggressive statement, the outcome of a whole life soaked in jazz, whose roots are deep but without nostalgia. His music has nothing to do with fashionable and sugary jazz. He gives voice to the toughness of Mingus's music, to the assertive passion of jazz. Through his extreme earnestness he brings about the truth of jazz, its urgency and its depth — its soulfulness.