Cinephonic's sophomore release "Visions" is a baroque funk tour-de-force - an intriguing concept album made up of ancient medieval and baroque themes, refracted through a modern prism of soul, jazz and psychedelia, all performed by a massive fourteen-piece ensemble, and meticulously captured to analogue reel-to-reel tape.
Cinephonic was founded in 2018 by composer / multi-instrumentalist Pierre Chrétien, as an outlet for the new cinematic tunes he had been quietly writing when he wasn't busy leading groups such as The Souljazz Orchestra, Atlantis Jazz Ensemble and Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays.
Drawing inspiration from classic film and library music, Cinephonic expands on the sound with elements of cinematic soul, psychedelic rock, and spiritual jazz, creating a rich, evocative, and complex soundscape that juxtaposes intricate compositions with dark funk backbeats - a kind of epic soundtrack for a film that never existed.
What people are saying about Cinephonic...
"Great stuff - getting into it!"
- Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 6, London UK
- Andrew Jervis, Bandcamp / Ubiquity Records, San Francisco CA
"Love it! Great sound on that."
- Quinton Scott, Strut Records, London UK
- Massimiliano Conti aka Jazzcat, Pescara Italy
"Un projet au groove cinégénique et blindé de clins d’oeil hip-hop - un petit bonheur à découvrir!"
- Radio Gri-gri, Lyon France
"Top travail! Le nom Cinéphonic ne ment pas... nous y sommes."
- Véronique Prebolin, Radio Krimi, Paris France
"Chapeau! La trame sonore d’un cinéma dont vous êtes le héros."
- Frédéric Cardin, Radio-Canada, Montréal QC
released February 3, 2023
Zakari Frantz - Flute
Petr Cancura - Tenor Sax
Ed Lister - Trumpet
Ajo Elias - Flugelhorn
Mark Ferguson - Trombone
Mike Schultz - Trombone
Keith Hartshorn-Walton - Tuba
Cendrine Despax - Violin
Jean Despax - Violin
Olivier Philippe-Auguste - Viola
Valérie Despax - Cello
Pierre Chrétien - Piano, Organ, Clavinet, Vibraphone, Guitar, Perc
Thibeaux Toussaint - Bass
Mike Essoudry - Drums
All songs arranged and conducted by Pierre Chrétien.
Produced by Jason Jaknunas and Pierre Chrétien.
Engineered and mastered to Studer B67 2-track by Jason Jaknunas.
Recorded at Metropolitan Studios.
Cover photograph by Claudia Soraya.
Design by Pierre Chrétien.
Drawing inspiration from classic samplicious film and library music, Cinephonic expands on the sound with elements of
cinematic soul, psychedelic rock and spiritual jazz, creating a rich, evocative, and complex soundscape that juxtaposes intricate compositions with dark funk backbeats - a kind of epic soundtrack for a film that never existed....more
Gondwana (the label) excels at curating incredibly innovative jazz oriented artists including Matthew Halsall (label owner and amazing musician in his own right) and this album by Jasmine is another amazing addition to the roster. She has makes bright open, innovative spiritual jazz from England. Fine, shining and life affirming music. Joe Borreson