Sylvain Rifflet was only fifteen years old when Stan Getz died. Can he imagine at that moment the place that this saxophonist, nicknamed The Sound, who is part of the pantheon of jazz and bossanova, will hold in his life? He, at the beginning of the 90’s, was still learning sax and clarinet, a young musician with a brilliant future.
At that moment, a Stan Getz album came into the young man’s life, “Focus”. This album, released in 1961, was an inflated version of Stan Getz’s “Focus”, in which he brought together a jazz quartet and a string ensemble to perform a work inspired by Bartok. This Stan Getz record, Sylvain Rifflet has explored it from every angle, throughout his career. In 2017, at the age of 41 he decided to make it the starting point of his own album “Refocus”, released on the legendary Verve label. An album that evokes more of a conversation with the Stan Getz of “Focus,” far beyond a remake or even a simple tribute album. It is the spirit of Getz that Rifflet intends to keep present: the marriage of classical and jazz, the string quartet and the jazzy ensemble.
To revisit in his own way some of the milestones of Getz’s rich career, Sylvain Rifflet has surrounded himself with the best in jazz, augmented by a Brazilian guitarist and a string quartet, drawing from the repertoire, without concern for chronology, but always faithful to his mentor’s quest: the right note.
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Sylvain Rifflet : tenor saxophone
Célia Kaméni : voice
Julien Lourau : tenor saxophone
Nelson Veras : guitar
Pascal Schumacher : vibraphone, marimba
Ziv Ravitz : drums
Florent Nisse : double bass
Rémi Rière : violin
Akémi Fillon : violin
Ariana Smith : viola
Simon Dechambre : cello