Friday, January 3, 2020

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month - "Julien Hucq feat. Claudio Roditi: Light Blue"

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month
Julien Hucq: "Light Blue" (Early Bird Records)
Rating: *****

Featuring: Julien Hucq (alto sax), Claudio Roditi (trumpet), George Cables (piano), Marcos Varela (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)
Produced by Julien Hucq and John Lee
Executive Producer: Mickey Bass (Early Bird)
Recorded on March 19, 2019 at Alleycat Studio (South Orange, NJ)
Recorded, mixed and mastered by John Lee
Artwork: Laurent Nyssen

One of Claudio Roditi's final recording sessions was on this album by the NY-based Belgium sax master Julien Hucq, who was a member of Roditi's last band.

Hucq is a performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and recording artist who has lived in New York City since 2012.

A multi-instrumentalist with versatile musical abilities, Julien has recorded 8 albums as a leader that included numerous original compositions and unique arrangements.

Julien’s passion for music developed early on when he started performing with his little brother, Thomas. He pursued his studies in music at elite institutions, having graduated with a Master of Arts degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York in 2013, where he studied with Prof. Antonio Hart and Prof. Michael Mossman. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Jazz Department of Conservatoire de Lausanne, in Switzerland, in alto saxophone and composition, and his Diplôme d’Etudes Musicales from the Jazz Department of Conservatoire National de la Région de Paris, CNR, France, in alto saxophone.

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