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PRESS (English reviews extracts)

Full of varied and rich compositions and fantastic performances from the band, Mary’s Ideas does a wonderful job of reckoning with the legacy of one of jazz’s great innovators.

THE WIRE

This set is a treasure trove for anyone hankering for more insight into her (M.L. Williams') world, rendered as she intended without the simplifications and truncations that so often affected the original realizations.

NYC JAZZ RECORDS

While the band generally brings a period sound, as on the crisp swing of the title theme, it’s not afraid to cast its subject as the modernist she was.

THE QUIETUS

"This is one brilliant and astonishing document."

Best Recordings 2021 ALL ABOUT JAZZ

At its heart, Umlaut Big Band presents as a classic dance band (...) but the two-and-a-half-hour set is infused with a strong sense of modernity and avant-garde innovation.
THE FREE JAZZ COLLECTIVE

It’s also important to recall that the majority of Williams’ works were conceived of within the constraints of Jazz-dance bands (...). That means that nearly every one of the tracks here is buoyantly played to reach foot tappers and high steppers.

JAZZ WORD

This music is seriously informed and it’s a true labor of love (...) The music is mind-blowing all the way through, this rich journey into the essence of Jazz creativity.

DANIEL YVINEC

 

Under the leadership of Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, the large format Umlaut remains within his codes. Those of the brilliant exegete, those of the tireless pulsator and those of the patient smuggler. The Umlaut machine is radical in its precision, frankly communicative in its realization.

POINTBREAK

 

There’s a fabulous variety of moods here - refined, intellectual, wistful and zany, sometimes all within the same selection. Solos are maddeningly brief but sharp, keen, danceable a-plenty. 

NYC JAZZ RECORDS

Just as Ellington would rehearse constantly to obtain a precision to his sound, the Umaut Big Band is punctilious, and in that punctiliousness an infectious swing is born. To quote Fats Waller, "yeaaaah."

ALL ABOUT JAZZ

There’s not disjunction between using the big band to play both vintage swing and jagged contemporary pieces. In fact, since he (P.-A. Badaroux) plays the saxophone at age 7, he’s looked beyond genre. DOWNBEAT

Usually playing in contemporary improvised music ensembles, the fourteen musicians (...) have delivered the essence of the spirit of this beautiful music by establishing a strong link between past and future, tradition and creation.

COULEURS JAZZ

In terms of slightly off-centre inspirations, consider the Umlaut Big Band’s Euro Swing Vol. 2 .

While the 16-piece French orchestra puts a new spin on swing-era tunes, the transcriptions on which they’re based – mostly created by its saxophonist/director Pierre Antoine Badaroux – are unique. 

THE WHOLE NOTE

Badaroux provides background information about the 15  tunes  on  the  album, all  of  which  are  played  with infectious buoyancy and precision.

THE CHICAGO READER

Just as Ellington would rehearse constantly to obtain a precision to his sound, the Umlaut Big Band is punctilious, and in that punctiliousness an infectious swing is born.

ALL ABOUT JAZZ

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