"Between Two Worlds" : Jeff Denson/Romain Pilon/Brian Blade
Last year, my old friend and wonderful bass player, Jeff Denson, called me for a series of concerts in California. We had only seen each other one time in Brooklyn, NY since we were studying together at Berklee College of Music, twenty years ago! From the first notes, it was clear that the joy of playing music together was intact, and the connection is still obvious. At the end of the tour, to document this reunion, Jeff asked me if I would be into recording an album and said, "I think I have the perfect drummer for this project!" To complete the trio, this drummer he was thinking of, was none other then the legendary Brian Blade!
(...Wayne Shorter, Joshua Redman, Chick Corea…)
A few months later, the dream was real and the three of us met in a studio in Oakland, CA to record 10 compositions (Jeff and I each wrote 5 tunes).
This album, "Between Two Worlds,” will be released on October 25th, 2019 on Ridgeway Records.
Here’s a first video: "Listen Up" by Jeff Denson.
We just finished our first tour as a trio to celebrate the pre-release of the album in five different US cities: Denver, CO, Phoenix, AZ, Berkeley, CA, Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.
To buy a copy, click here-> "Between Two Worlds"
"Tour with Sam Yahel and Kush Abadey "
I recently had the pleasure to tour with two wonderful musicians, for a brand new project :
-Sam Yahel, one of the master of the Hammond organ, know for his collaborations with Joshua Redman, Peter Bernstein or Bill Frisell...
-Kush Abadey, one of the most in demand drummers in Ny now
(Chris Potter, Gilad Hekselman, Ravi Coltrane...)
We played in Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Koln, Muri, Bruxelles...
Sharing the stage with Sam and Kush was a great experience,
here 's a video from our concert at Jazz Station, Bruxelles.
"Recording with Jeff Denson and Brian Blade "
Few pics of the recording of a brand new trio co leaded with my dear friend and wonderfull bass player Jeff Denson and a special guest -
the legendary Brian Blade.
(Joshua Redman, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea...)
To be released oct 2019 on Ridgeway Records !
My fourth album as a leader, "Copper", is now officially available !
Seamus Blake : tenor sax // Pierre de Bethmann : piano
Tony Paeleman : rhodes, synth bass// Fred Pasqua : drums
Romain Pilon : guitar/compositions
To buy, listen to the record - click here : Copper.
Jazz Magazine (fr) awarded a "Choc" (highest rating) in their may issue :
"A successful ,powerful and seminal album"
Jazz Podium (Germany) : "a wonder of taste and style"
Jazz Wise (U.K) : "an Impressive eight cut set"
Citizen Jazz (fr): « A generous and velvety music, lifted
by chiseled melodies and subtle harmonies "
Spain - concerts - masterclasses
A few pics from my second tour in Spain as a leader.
Last time I was invited to teach for a few days at The Conservatoire Superior de Navarra, this time I did two masterclasses : in Madrid and Santander. We toured as a quartet in cities like : Loredo, Burgos, Vitoria, Zaragoza, Logrono, Bilbao...
It was a pleasure to play with
Ivan San Miguel (bass),
Giannia Gagliardi (tenor) and
Gonzalo Del Val (drums).
"Guitaristes" Volume 2 :
"Guitariste" Volume 2 is now available (in French only for now unfortunetly!).
I have had the pleasure to write a chapter on jazz guitar, more specifically on my approach of "Tension/release". 16 pages with lots of examples and a few videos. Big thanks to Pierrejean and congratulations to the others co authors, it's a very nice book. (Editions Outre Mesure, available on Amazon etc)
-Thanks to LearnJazzStandard.com for including my cd « NY3 » (PJU 2011) in the "92 modern jazz albums you need to listen to" !
Link to page : here.
-Also, for my Japanese friends, here 's an interview I did for the website Jazzguitarspot : interview
Juillet / Portugal / Malte
A nice month full of nice opportunities and musical meetings !
First Cheverny Jazz Festival with Charlier/Sourisse Big Band.
Then Lisbonne, where I did a week workshop with the students from the jazz school Villas Boaos. I also played trio for three nights at the Hot Club.
Next, Brosella Jazz Festival with Frank Woeste and guest Eric Vloeimans....
Finally, the Malta Jazz festival and the Sunset/Sunside with my trio plus guest Walter Smith III.
Jazz Guitar Mini Lessons :
Mini lessons are very short videos i do for Youtube and Instagram.
The concept is simple : I play a short musical phrase, based on a specific topic such as triads, pentatonics, voicings, time feel...
So far 25 videos are available, with more then 150000 views on youtube and close to 6500 pdf' downloads, this from all over the world. Big thanks for all the positive feedbacks, emails and donations -this helps me pursuing the adventure !
To watch the videos, links to pdf. click here :
Full page in "Guitarist" Magazine
Honored to be featured in the february issue of Guitarist magazine ! Thanks to Olivier Bride for that interview.
Few words about gear, influences, the new album...
"The magic eye" feat. Ben Wendel & Walter Smith III
now available (+reviews)
"The Magic Eye" is officially out !
I'm very happy to present this new project, recorded with my long time musical friends, Fred Pasqua and Yoni Zelnik,
and two wonderful tenor players :
Ben Wendel (Tigran, Kneebody...)
and Walter Smith III ( Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland...).
You can buy/download the album here :
Some quotes about the first reviews received for my new album "The Magic Eyes" :
Jazz News : the album is selected among the "Indispensable"(best rating) in the november issue - "...style and maturity do wonders on a set of impressive compositions"
Qobuz.com : "Romain Pilon' guitar is possibly the most subtil jazz has heard these last years" (review (in french) here)
lesdnj.com : "A rare sensitivity and musical intelligence...a goldsmith work and a real success - to discover absolutely."
(review (in french) here)
France Musique : "...an endearing sensitivity and profond poetry"
Djam.com : "an impeccable execution...a personal jazz, intriguing, elegant and effective" (review (in french) here
Jazz Mag : " great fluidity and readability, modern playing-in the best possible way...Romain Pilon 's musical direction constantly gets to the point."