How dare we spend so much valuable energy answering such questions as "What is Jazz?".



Steve Swell: trombone
Rob Brown: alto saxophone
Michel Edelin: flutes
Peter Giron: double bass
John Betsch: drums

Dances with Questions (3:06)
Hop, Skip and Jump (6:58)
Dawn (2:36)
Chance Upon (4:53)
Nexus (4:48)
Fauns and Wizards (1:24)
New Orleans (4:47)
Over the Wall (4:13)
Round Trip (3:52)
Prévert is Now (7:21)
For Frank Lowe (4:42 ) Play Dusk (1:42)

“Dances with Questions”, “Chance Upon” and “For Frank Lowe” composed by Steve Swell ((Steve Swell Music – BMI), “Hop, Skip and Jump” and “Nexus” composed by Rob Brown (Self-Propelled Music – BMI), “New Orleans”, “Round Trip” and “Pre?vert is Now” composed by Michel Edelin, “Dawn”, “Fauns and Wizards”, “Over the Wall” and “Dusk” composed by John Betsch, Rob Brown, Michel Edelin, Peter Giron and Steve Swell.

Recorded by Maïkôl Seminatore on February 20, 2022 at Studio Sextan, Malakoff, France
Mixing and mastering: Maïkôl Seminatore
Liner notes: Michel Dorbon
Photography: RogueArt
Cover design: Max Schoendorff
Cover realization: David Bourguignon
Executive producer: Michel Dorbon

Certainly, chance, or rather opportunity, in the form of Steve Swell and Rob Brown's presence in France at the time, precipitated this meeting of five. But that's not enough; in fact, it's not enough to bring these five strong personalities together to create music that makes sense, both in terms of meaning and direction. It took willpower and a real desire on the part of each of them to broaden their horizons.
This music is no miracle. As in biology, it's a matter of chance and necessity. And the fact that an expression originally used in biology by Jacques Monod, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine, can be transposed to jazz is proof, if proof were needed, that jazz is also a living organism, and therefore in constant evolution. This album is a perfect illustration.