Label website :
Pentessence Quintet (2005)
As reaffirmed by the unanimous Press,
Glenn Ferris, twenty years after its departure from the
USA to France, is the greatest trombonist, and one of
the most talented musician of today's jazz.
Born in 1950 in Hollywood, as early as 8,
he studies classical trombone music in Los Angeles and
in 1964, he adds Jazz improvisation, composition and
direction of orchestra to his classical studies with Don
Ellis. He has a diploma of the California Institute of
Arts. When 16, he become a professional musician and
performs or records with Don Ellis Big Band first, then
he founds Revival with Jack Walrath, and his own
orchestra with 20 musicans : Celebration Orchestra. He
become also trombone soloist with Frank Zappa, Don
Ellis, Tim Buckley, Harry James, Billy Cobham, Bobby
Bradford, among others, and performs and records with
George Duke, Philly Joe Jones, James Taylor, Stevie
Wonder, John Scofield, Art Pepper, etc...
In addition to his American carrer, which
made him an instrumentalist of international dimension,
his collaboration, performances and records in Europe
has definitely put him at the top with the greats : the
Azur quartet and quintet of Henri Texier, Palatino
quartet, Michel Petrucciani, Joachim Kühn, Quincy Jones,
Archie Shepp, Steve Lacy, Enrico Rava, Franco D'Andrea,
Martial Solal, Louis Sclavis, Michel Portal, Bex, Ferris
et Goubert (BFG), Glenn Ferris "Chrominance" trio et
Glenn Ferris "Pentessence" Quintet.
Since 2000, Glenn Ferris has been a
teacher in the Jazz Department of the Conservatoire
National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.
Since 2002, he has been Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts
et des Lettres.
The Press is unanimous : "... Glenn
Ferris, trombonist on the way to reinvent the insrument
with at the heart, the memory of Duke Ellington and with
the lips, the Breath of Ben Webster..." (Michel Contat,
Télérama), "...like Zappa, Ferris' music bubbles with
serious fun. Like Erik Satie, Ferris delivers his
aphoristic erudition with virtuosity and a Dadaistic
wink..." (Chuck Berg, Jazztimes).
Further readings, among many others :
jazzbreak.com, Interviews, Midem 2005, Jazzrecords.com (see
our favorite jazz links).
Glenn Ferris (tb)
Jean-Michel Cabrol (ts)
Philippe Milanta (p)
Bruno Rousselet (b)
Jeff Boudreaux (d-perc)
Great trombonist from the Sates, Glenn
Ferris recently recorded "Skin Me" which won the Record
of the Year Award, presented by the Jazz Academy in
December 2004. Tenor sax Jean-Michel Cabrol accompanies
and "replies" just as masterfully the deep, warm tones
of the trombone. Both performers are backed by Philippe
Milanta (p), Brunot Rousselet (b) and Jeff Boudreaux (d-perc)
CD records :
CD Albums (selection)
''Skin Me' (Naive)
Glenn Ferris has recorded more than a
hundred recordings, many of them won awards : Grand Prix
du Disque de l'Académie Charles Cros in 2001, Django
d'Or in 2002, les Victoires du Jazz, Grand prix of the
Internation Festival of film music : "Strade del Cinema"
2002, Best Record of the Year, Académie du Jazz 2003,
for "Air" (with Mirabassi and Boltro) and Best Record of
the Year 2004 for "Skin Me".