Travels Appeal

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He gets the first prize of the “European Jazz Contest”

Benoît Berthe Back Quartet class of 1986 discovered jazz at age 11, joining the jazz section of the Collège de Marciac. Following this positive experience, he decided to learn more about the genre at DEM Jazz at ENM des Landes, graduating in 2005 with merit.

Travels Appeal is during this year that he meets the musicians who will later be part of the “Back” 4tet. He began traveling, continuing his studies with Stéphane Guillaume, Pierrick Pedron, Sylvain Beuf, André Viléger, Benoit Sourisse, Olivier Temime, Rémy Vignolo, and Manuel Marchès.

  • Benoît Berthe Back Quartet born in 2007 under the leadership of saxophonist Benoît Berthe, offers music full of energy, enthusiasm and sharing.

The repertoire consists of original post-bop jazz-influenced pieces between traditional and modern. In January 2010, the group recorded a first album entitled “First Pages,” which was awarded “Jazz Revelation – Young Talent 2010” by Alex Dutilh (Radio France).

Travels Appeal the awards

Awarded a diploma with merit in 2008, finalist of the “Sunside Trophy 2008,” finalist of the “Tremplin Rezzo 2009,” he shared the stage at “Jazz à Foix 2009” with saxophonist Olivier Temime on the occasion of the evening dedicated to young French talents.

In 2010 he was named “Jazz Revelation 2010” by the “Open Jazz” program on France Musique.

Cover Notes written by Rosario Giuliani

I first met Benoit at the Avoriaz Festival in France. He opened my concert with French trumpeter Nicolas Folmer, and the first thing that struck me was the sound of the group and the quality of the compositions.

I advised them to send a CD to participate in the selections of the Europe Jazz Contest organized by the Saint Louis College Of Music, and some time later, I was happy to hear of their victory.

Listening to the music of this quartet, one senses: talent, tenacity and intelligence, qualities that are essential to be able to pursue a lasting musical career.

Benoit Berthe with Jean Kapsa on piano, Zacharie Abraham on bass, and Nicolas Charlier on drums will not be long in making their mark on the international jazz scene, and I am happy to have helped make this fine recording work come to fruition in the best possible way.

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