Sometimes a project comes along, and it just seems so original and innovative, and yet so perfectly mature and obvious. Delgres, the brilliant trio of Pascal Danaé, Baptiste Brondy and Rafgee, is definitely in this category. I’m blown away by this – the sound is original, the musicianship is of the highest level, the energy is explosive yet there is a lot of profound emotion throughout their songs.
The concept is an exploration of the influence of slaves from Guadeloupe fleeing to Louisiana in America in the 19th century, whose music became one of the key ingredients in the creation of blues and jazz.
Raw talent is rare, and if you’re looking for someone who on top of having an extraordinary talent has put in the years and years of practice and focus necessary to become a true master of his or her craft, you’re down to just a handful of people around the world.
In Denmark when I was growing up, there were a few such representatives of the absolute world class of musicians. One of them is a guitar player called Aske Jacoby. He has been active since the early 80’s, has played on more than 400 records and has toured with some of the best acts in Denmark. I have strong memories of seeing and hearing him play as a teenager and just marveling at the sounds coming from his amplifier. Witnessing such powerful playing at a young age was inspiring to the point that it made me dream of becoming a musician one day myself.
A few years ago I became acquainted with Aske through social media. He has established himself as a talented singer/songwriter over the past years, and has made some great albums as a leader in trio with two other members of that rare breed of absolute excellence, Tony Scherr and the legendary Jim Keltner. We randomly talked about maybe setting up some gigs for him in Paris one day. Now the loose talk has turned into hard fact, and we have four club gigs coming up at the end of May.
Aske is bringing some of the top representatives of the Copenhagen music scene, and I’ll be joining them as well. My old friend from back when I just arrived in Paris in the late ’90’s, the brilliant drummer Raphaël Chassin, will be with us on three of the gigs. From my Danish/French perspective this project really makes a lot of sense, and I believe there is a real chance of building a bridge between the music scenes in Paris and Copenhagen.
I sincerely hope that a lot of you will come out and see the shows, and that you’ll appreciate Aske as much as I do. Thanks in advance for your support! And thanks to our friends at the Fondation Danoise who have been instrumental in making these events happen.