Pépin et Plume is saxophonist and composer Alban Darche’s new label.
Pacific: striving for peace, having no aggressive nature.
This definition could have been enough to inspire a group name to me.
I also chose « Pacific » because it reminds me of the West-coast. And
West-coast jazz is of paramount importance to me, as much for its
exploration of sound -the group sound and its individual tones- as for the
colors in the writing.
My Pacific is a tribute to some of my heroes, whose presence comes
to bear continually on my work. The list includes Lenny Tristano, Lee
Konitz, Paul Desmond, and Gil Evans.
Evans was not on the list of musicians who originally motivated my
project, but he cropped up when I started writing the very first notes.
Not only could I hear colours similar to the ones he used, but most of all
the shadow of his collaboration with Miles Davis felt more present the
more I wrote, so much so that it ended up enveloping this nascent music
This is about creating personal and original music which contains in its
architecture the quirks that are my trademark but which is consciously
under the influence of the heritage that forged me. Under its influence,
yes, but still free and inventive, always looking for a new sound.
|20 euros||33rpm Vinyl Record with download codes|
|10 euros||Album download (aiff files) - download codes sent by email|
Recorded and mixed by Olivier Ménard and studio Corner Box, Rocheservière (France)
Masterised by Pierre Vandewaeter at studio Lakanal, Montpellier (France).
Pictures by Annabelle Tiaffay – Graphic design by Silvain Joblin.