“Big gestures, fat sounds and monster grooves, with a youthful energy that’s yoked to genuine musical ability” The Guardian
Following a string of acclaimed EPs, virtuoso experimental jazz pianist Aron Ottingnon ihas released his debut full length album. ‘Team Aquatic’ on the famed Blue Note label.
Dividing his time from now on between Paris and Berlin, Aron Ottignon has been recording Team Aquatic these past two years in the company of producers Paul “Seiji” Dolby and Rodi Kirk.
As his first album under his own name, ‘Team Aquatic’ takes up the tale exactly where Aron has left it, even to the point of having its eponymous title-track dedicated to the good times enjoyed by the group during its London years. Starfish, by the way, was composed during that period, with its 6/4 rhythms enacted on wooden drums from the South Pacific.
So this musician’s credo is marked by absolute cohesion, but also by the spirit of adventure: Rivers is nourished by Peruvian traditional music, while Waves and Ocean draw inspiration from a voyage to Reunion Island accompanied by kayamba rhythms. Sustained by heavy electronic claps, The Jungle was born the day before Aron went to Calais: at Christmas 2015 he arrived at the camp to assist refugees for a week.
The eleven-track album fades to a close with the sublime ballad Rothesay Bay, named after the beach where his grandparents have always lived. He was born there, another circle complete.
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