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Careless Territories

Rémy Labbé Quintet

Careless Territories

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Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917355826
Catnr: CR 73558
Release date: 05 May 2023
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CR 73558
Release date
05 May 2023

"... Labbé's quintet offers current mainstream jazz on top level -grandios composed, professionally played, very awake, very clean..."

Jazzthing, 23-8-2023
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About the album

Careless Territories is the result of multiple factors. One is my recent reconnection with Belgian trombonist and phenom Phil Abraham who was invited last year as a jury member for my brass students at the Jazz Department in Luxembourg. This encounter set up the frontline and the aesthetical direction for the project - both Phil and I being huge fans of the Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer Quintet.

Another influential element is the recent nostalgic musical reflection I had on some past travels. For example, the title track ‘Careless Territories’ was written during a family trip to Apulia in the south of Italy. ‘Sunflower Eyes’ is a straightforward musical reaction to a romantic and life-changing weekend in Amsterdam. ‘Close by’ was born after a surprising rainy stop in Barcelona.

Lastly and more importantly ‘Careless Territories’ is the honest desire to expose a somehow multifaceted personal musical landscape; probably the result of a couple of years as an arranger for big bands. Variety is a source of vitality which I find nurturing. From swinging affairs and songwriting to more extended through-composed pieces, this album was nevertheless only made possible thanks to the strong musical appetite and curiosity of an exciting multi-generational band. The Quintet is composed of young lions and classmates from my College Years at Berklee or Manhattan School, but also experimented talents from the Belgian and French scene.

Ultimately, I believe the fire and excitement of youth meets the balance and wisdom of experience in this one, and I like to think it interestingly benefits the musical outcome. Overall, I hope it will create as much joy listening to it as we had putting it together.
Careless Territories" ist das Ergebnis mehrerer Faktoren. Einer davon ist meine kürzliche Wiederbegegnung mit dem belgischen Posaunisten und Phänomen Phil Abraham, der letztes Jahr als Jurymitglied für meine Blechbläser-Studenten an der Jazzabteilung in Luxemburg eingeladen war. Diese Begegnung legte die Frontlinie und die ästhetische Richtung für das Projekt fest - Phil und ich sind beide große Fans des Clark Terry und Bob Brookmeyer Quintetts.
Ein weiteres einflussreiches Element ist die nostalgische musikalische Reflexion, die ich kürzlich auf einigen vergangenen Reisen hatte. Der Titeltrack 'Careless Territories' zum Beispiel entstand während einer Familienreise nach Apulien in Süditalien. Sunflower Eyes" ist eine direkte musikalische Reaktion auf ein romantisches und lebensveränderndes Wochenende in Amsterdam. Close by" entstand nach einem überraschenden verregneten Aufenthalt in Barcelona.
Careless Territories' ist der ehrliche Wunsch, eine irgendwie facettenreiche persönliche musikalische Landschaft zu enthüllen; wahrscheinlich das Ergebnis einiger Jahre als Arrangeur für Big Bands. Abwechslung ist eine Quelle der Vitalität, die ich als nährend empfinde. Von swingenden Angelegenheiten und Songwriting bis hin zu ausgedehnteren durchkomponierten Stücken wurde dieses Album dennoch nur dank des starken musikalischen Appetits und der Neugier einer spannenden Mehrgenerationen-Band möglich. Das Quintett besteht aus jungen Löwen und Klassenkameraden aus meinen College-Jahren in Berklee oder der Manhattan School, aber auch aus experimentierfreudigen Talenten aus der belgischen und französischen Szene.

Letztendlich glaube ich, dass das Feuer und die Aufregung der Jugend auf die Ausgewogenheit und Weisheit der Erfahrung trifft, und ich denke, dass das musikalische Ergebnis davon profitiert. Insgesamt hoffe ich, dass es beim Hören genauso viel Freude bereitet, wie wir bei der Zusammenstellung des Albums hatten.

Artist(s)

Rémy Labbé (flugelhorn)

Rémy Labbé is a Belgian Jazz Trumpet Player, Songwriter, Orchestrator, Big Band Leader 'Le Big Band de Rémy Labbé', Producer and Educator. A graduate of Berklee College of Music (BM '15) and Manhattan School of Music (MM '18), Rémy is an Arranger for the Grammy-Award-winning band The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Arturo O'Farrill', as well as for the WE Big Band (Hasselt, Be), the Greg Ruvolo Collective (NYC), the Big Up Band (Geneva, Ch),  and the Geneva Chamber Orchestra - OCG  (Geneva, Ch). Since September 2021 he is a Jazz Theory and a Jazz Brass Chargé de Cours at the Jazz Department from the Luxembourg Music Conservatory (Luxembourg City, Lu).  Currently his main projects are the Rémy Labbé Quintet, Rémy Jean Labbé - his songwriting and pop music personal project, and Eddy Pero et le Big Band de Rémy Labbé (Paris, Fr) . ​Since September 2022 Remy is an Agami Artist and plays...
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Rémy Labbé is a Belgian Jazz Trumpet Player, Songwriter, Orchestrator, Big Band Leader "Le Big Band de Rémy Labbé", Producer and Educator.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music (BM '15) and Manhattan School of Music (MM '18), Rémy is an Arranger for the Grammy-Award-winning band The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Arturo O'Farrill', as well as for the WE Big Band (Hasselt, Be), the Greg Ruvolo Collective (NYC), the Big Up Band (Geneva, Ch), and the Geneva Chamber Orchestra - OCG (Geneva, Ch).
Since September 2021 he is a Jazz Theory and a Jazz Brass Chargé de Cours at the Jazz Department from the Luxembourg Music Conservatory (Luxembourg City, Lu). Currently his main projects are the Rémy Labbé Quintet, Rémy Jean Labbé - his songwriting and pop music personal project, and Eddy Pero et le Big Band de Rémy Labbé (Paris, Fr) .
​Since September 2022 Remy is an Agami Artist and plays the Agami B 125 A model.

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Phil Abraham (trombone)

Evolution After studying the classical piano, the guitar and harmony, Phil Abraham was seduced by jazz and the trombone, on which he is self-taught. His stylistic evolution is parallel to the history of jazz, and even if he is a modern soloist today, he has worked with a wide variety of great musicians. Phil has taken part in more than sixty albums, eleven with his own group, with which he won many prizes. He has often been invited in big bands as a soloist. He took part in many recordings and concerts of the big band of the Belgian Radio (BRT). Phil Abraham also devotes his career to teaching, training courses and master-classes. He was a teacher of vocal improvisation in Antwerp...
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Evolution After studying the classical piano, the guitar and harmony, Phil Abraham was seduced by jazz and the trombone, on which he is self-taught. His stylistic evolution is parallel to the history of jazz, and even if he is a modern soloist today, he has worked with a wide variety of great musicians.
Phil has taken part in more than sixty albums, eleven with his own group, with which he won many prizes. He has often been invited in big bands as a soloist. He took part in many recordings and concerts of the big band of the Belgian Radio (BRT). Phil Abraham also devotes his career to teaching, training courses and master-classes. He was a teacher of vocal improvisation in Antwerp and Brussels. He is now a jazz and trombone teacher at the Brussels Royal Conservatory and at the National Conservatory in Douai (France).
Has played with Michel PETRUCCIANI, Charles AZNAVOUR, Claude NOUGARO, Clark TERRY, Hal SINGER, Toots THIELEMANS, Klaus IGNATZEK, John SURMAN, Art FARMER, Michel HERR, Andy EMLER, Paolo FRESU, John ENGELS, Dusko GOYKOVICH, Benny BAILEY, Bart VAN LIER, Henri TEXIER, Klaus WEISS, Deborah BROWN, Maria SCHNEIDER, John LEWIS, Lou BENNETT, Claudio RODITI, William SHELLER, Didier LOCKWOOD, Dee Dee BRIDGEWATER, Michel LEGRAND, Lucky PETERSON, Mino CINELU ...
Awards 1988 : first Prize at the International Jazz Contest in Sorgues (France) 1989 : Prize of the Best Soloist at the "Concours de la Défense" in Paris 1998 : chosen as the best Belgian and European trombone player by the listeners of the Belgian radio and the Belgian critics 1999 : elected once again the best Belgian and European jazz trombonist 2000 : second Prize at the International Contest of jazz soloists in Monaco.
His Quartet record "Stapler" (Igloo IGL 091), with Michel HERR, Jean-Louis RASSINFOSSE and Stéphane GALLAND was chosen as the CD of the month by the Belgian jazz magazine "Jazz In Time". His CD "En Public" (Lyrae records, LY9703007) was selected as the CD of the month by the French "Jazz Magazine" in October '97.
Events Was chosen by the Belgian Radio (BRT) to represent Belgium in the Big Band of the European Broadcasting Union in Strasbourg (France). Was invited in 1994 as a soloist at the Moscow Concert Hall for a TV concert with the Moscow Big Band. Was the first Belgian Jazzman to be a member of the "Orchestre National de Jazz" in France, that he joined for 3 years with Laurent CUGNY, then stayed with Didier LEVALLET for additional 3 years. Replaced Bob BROOKMEYER in Michel PETRUCCIANI sextet, with Victor JONES (drs), Anthony JACKSON (bass), Flavio BOLTRO (tp) and Stefano DI BATTISTA (sax). Participated (1998) in the album "Jazznavour" of the French singer Charles AZNAVOUR, in which he played all the trombone parts. Other participants include Jacky TERRASSON (p), André CECCARELLI (drs), Remy VIGNOLO (b). Arrangements are by Pierre DREVET (tp) and there are other celebrity guests like Michel PETRUCCIANI, Diane REEVES, Richard GALLIANO and Eddy LOUIS ...
Was a member of the International Dusko GOYKOVICH Big Band (February 2004) for a big TV-concert in Belgrade supported by the Minister of Culture.
Has developped a new jazz trombone for the Courtois Company, the Xtreme AC 430T model.
Was invited in Seattle in May 2013 for concerts and master-classes and recorded a new album in New York in February 2014 with Sylvain Luc (g), Hein Van de Geyn (cb) and Mino Cinelu (perc) Bria Skonberg (tp) - guest.

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Amaury Faye (piano)

Alexandre Gilson (double bass)

Composer(s)

Rémy Labbé (flugelhorn)

Rémy Labbé is a Belgian Jazz Trumpet Player, Songwriter, Orchestrator, Big Band Leader 'Le Big Band de Rémy Labbé', Producer and Educator. A graduate of Berklee College of Music (BM '15) and Manhattan School of Music (MM '18), Rémy is an Arranger for the Grammy-Award-winning band The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Arturo O'Farrill', as well as for the WE Big Band (Hasselt, Be), the Greg Ruvolo Collective (NYC), the Big Up Band (Geneva, Ch),  and the Geneva Chamber Orchestra - OCG  (Geneva, Ch). Since September 2021 he is a Jazz Theory and a Jazz Brass Chargé de Cours at the Jazz Department from the Luxembourg Music Conservatory (Luxembourg City, Lu).  Currently his main projects are the Rémy Labbé Quintet, Rémy Jean Labbé - his songwriting and pop music personal project, and Eddy Pero et le Big Band de Rémy Labbé (Paris, Fr) . ​Since September 2022 Remy is an Agami Artist and plays...
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Rémy Labbé is a Belgian Jazz Trumpet Player, Songwriter, Orchestrator, Big Band Leader "Le Big Band de Rémy Labbé", Producer and Educator.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music (BM '15) and Manhattan School of Music (MM '18), Rémy is an Arranger for the Grammy-Award-winning band The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Arturo O'Farrill', as well as for the WE Big Band (Hasselt, Be), the Greg Ruvolo Collective (NYC), the Big Up Band (Geneva, Ch), and the Geneva Chamber Orchestra - OCG (Geneva, Ch).
Since September 2021 he is a Jazz Theory and a Jazz Brass Chargé de Cours at the Jazz Department from the Luxembourg Music Conservatory (Luxembourg City, Lu). Currently his main projects are the Rémy Labbé Quintet, Rémy Jean Labbé - his songwriting and pop music personal project, and Eddy Pero et le Big Band de Rémy Labbé (Paris, Fr) .
​Since September 2022 Remy is an Agami Artist and plays the Agami B 125 A model.

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Press

... Labbé's quintet offers current mainstream jazz on top level -grandios composed, professionally played, very awake, very clean...
Jazzthing, 23-8-2023

"Flugelhorn and trombone melt superbly in this recording. The album comes as a beautiful surprise and the music is enchanting. It speaks immediately."
Le Soir, 02-8-2023

... Intelligent sounds and sleek colors as well as occasional swinging interludes define the nine compositions of the leader.
Concerto 08 09 2023, 01-8-2023

... It a pleasure to listen to this quintet quintet as it explores its its musical boundaries and creates captivating jazz soundscapes landscapes.
Inmusic, 01-7-2023

This album is a nice discovery. The music speaks immediately, she enchants, she makes good, without being encumbered with avant-gardism or originality at all costs. Remy Labbé, Phil Abraham, Amaury Faye (piano), Alexandre Gilson (double bass) and Raphaël Pannier (drums) get along marvelously and have fun. And us too.
Le Soir, 02-8-2023

A wonderful album that once again proves that jazz in Belgium is at a very high level, just like in the Netherlands
Rootstime, 01-8-2023

... Careless Territories shines ..., sounds more "European", clearly breaks the chains of tradition, but does not abandon them completely, and thus the Rémy Labbé Quintet has succeeded in a relatively independent and individual production, which creates an exciting mood with freely developing passages of many songs ...
Musikansich, 24-7-2023

Phil Abraham feels in his element with this quartet which bathes in groove and post-bop. These ten titles give a broad reflection of the influences of the trumpeter, marked by the tradition of the "Great American Songbook", his taste for singing on "Say It", the influence of the Quintet of Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer in particular on the title " Then What” with an uptempo, his penchant for soft melodies like the romantic “Hephaistos”, and a keen sense of the good old groove revisited with today's sauce. An album that makes us vibrate!
Jazzmania, 13-6-2023

Flugelhorn, trombone, piano, double bass, drums. Rémy Labbé superbly assembles the timbres in "Careless Territories" which is released by Challenge.
Radio France, 09-6-2023

Some fine brass playing here, with Labbé's warm flugel sound blending with Abraham soft but flexible trombone playing. The Tunes have a lot of variety. Many of the songs transform in feel and rhythm along the way keeping us surprised and they don't stick to everyone soloing in order but rather mixe things up and include a lot of interplay. They're always conscious of this horn interplay working out some nice harmonized figures in the line. The horn arrangements are skillful and fun!
Adult Music, 05-6-2023

The same strength and the same clarity in his music as Bert Joris... A musician you really need to discover
RTBF, 23-5-2023

... Melodic solos on a solid foundation, a little old school swing, some 60s groove and of course tastefully executed ballads.
NaDann, 18-5-2023

... Melodic solos on a solid foundation, a little old school swing, some 60s groove and of course tastefully executed ballads.
Nadann Magazine, 18-5-2023

Faithful to the tradition defended by artists such as Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer or even Quincy Jones, Rémy Labbé has made an album as swinging as it is elegant and as refined as it is uninhibited. Careless Territories is totally successful, full of surprises and energy that we listen to and re-listen to with ever-renewed happiness. Listen to this "Say It", worthy of a Thad Jones!"
Jazzques, 12-5-2023

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