a reference in the blues piano

March 4, 2019


A record is
a result of years on the road and innumerable collaborations with great
artists, tours and participations in numerous recording sessions, but specially   due to this pianist and singer from San
Sebastian musical maturity and talent. Recorded during just two live sessions at
Big Spoon Records studio owned by bassist Abdell
B. Bop
who along with drummer Romain
configure the project in a trio format in addition to the
collaborations of Tejerizo Sylvain on
sax and Texan guitarist Chris Ruest.              

“A French
Session” is a fundamentally an organic and honest album that has all the
necessary ingredients to become a Blues piano manual with a remarkable
influence of New Orleans music. Paul´s 
tours around the French circuit over the years might be responsible for
not only  his unique style when it comes
to play but leaving an evident influence right from the beginning with
“What Can I Do” with  Tejerizo
Sylvain on sax and the classic “New Early In The Morning” by Sonny
Boy Williamson I in shuffle time  both
with undeniable Louisiana accent going through 
Boogie Woogie in “Got to Get to My Baby” with Mississippi
piano player Sunnyland Slim signature. We visit the French Quarter again with a
magnificent cover of the classic “Tipitinas” by the great Professor
Longhair. In “Bumble Boogie” Paul pays tribute to American pianist
Jack Fina and his recreation of the classic piece by the composer Nikolai
Rimski-Kórsakov. “Too many dirty dishes” by Albert Collins takes us
to slow Blues time, where Paul unfolds all his potential as a vocalist. The
band returns to shuffle on Earl Hooker’s “This Little Voice” with the
great Texan guitarist Chris Ruest. Ending with a “Hey Pocky A-Way” cover.

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