By Jeff Dayton-Johnson
French jazz pianist Guillaume de Chassy leads a piano-clarinet-bass trio through a series of intimate, introspective adaptations of compositions by Poulenc, Prokofiev, Schubert and Shostakovich (among others) on a new record entitled Silences. From jazz, the trio borrows improvisation and empathy; from classical, the language and grammar of the compositions. Jazz and classical music are often combined, but not always happily. KUSP’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson says Silences, in its understated way, is an innovative marriage of the two musical traditions. The icing on the cake: a lush reading of the theme song to the 1945 film Adieu chérie.
Jeff Dayton-Johnson’s review of Silences at allaboutjazz.com
Jeff Dayton-Johnson’s 2007 interview with Guillaume de Chassy