Daniel Humair

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Daniel Humair at the INNtöne Jazzfestival 2016

Daniel Humair (born May 23, 1938 in Geneva ) is a Swiss jazz drummer.

Live and act

Humair began playing the clarinet and drums at the age of seven. He started a professional career after winning first prize in three categories at the 1955 international amateur competition at the Zurich Jazz Festival. In 1958 he moved to Paris, where he worked with musicians such as Chet Baker , Kenny Dorham , Eric Dolphy , Jackie McLean , Phil Woods , Lucky Thompson , Don Byas , Bud Powell , Nico Bunink and Oscar Pettiford .

In 1959 he founded a group with Martial Solal , which over time was joined by Pierre Michelot , René Urtreger , Barney Wilen , Michel Hausser and Stéphane Grappelli . In 1965 he worked on Attila Zoller's album The Horizon Beyond and in 1967 on Jean-Luc Ponty's debut album Sunday Walk . In the same year he was also involved in the ethno jazz project Noon in Tunisia by George Gruntz . In 1968 he became a member of Phil Woods ' European Rhythm Machine , at the same time he played in a trio with Jean-Luc Ponty and Eddy Louiss . In 1972 Humair was one of the co-leaders and founders of "The Band" with George Gruntz, Franco and Flavio Ambrosetti , which later became The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band .

In the 1970s, Humair et al. a. with Jim Hall , Lee Konitz , Art Farmer , Joe Henderson , Dexter Gordon , Franco Ambrosetti , George Gruntz, Johnny Griffin , Herbie Mann , Anthony Braxton and Hampton Hawes and founded a trio with Henri Texier and François Jeanneau .

At the same time he began working as a trio with Joachim Kühn and Jean-François Jenny-Clark , from which, after the death of Jenny-Clark in 1998, the quartet with Dominique Pifarély and Jean-Paul Céléa emerged . He also worked with Dave Liebman , Enrico Rava , Richard Galliano , Michel Portal and Jerry Bergonzi and in a trio with Bruno Chevillon and Marc Ducret .

Humair appears at jazz festivals around the world, has worked on over two hundred albums and has released more than fifteen of his own albums. In 1986 the French government appointed him Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres . In 1987 he received the Grand Prix du Jazz of the Authors, Composers and Editors Association SACEM , the Prix ​​Charlie Parker of the Académie du Disque and the Prix ​​In Honorem of the Académie Charles Cros .

Daniel Humair 1995

Humair has also been a painter since the 1960s, and his abstract paintings can be found in several well-known European collections. He also worked as a musician in films and composed film scores, e.g. B. Une sale affaire ( A dirty affair ) and Les Conquistadores .

Discography (selection)

  • Live at "Caméléon" Paris , Vol. 1/2, 1968
  • Humair, Jeanneau, Texier , 1979
  • 9-11 PM Town Hall , 1988
  • Quatre , 1989
  • Edges , 1991
  • Usual Confusion , 1994
  • Update 3.3 , 1996
  • Quatre fois trois , 1997
  • Flench wok , 2005
  • Sweet & Sour , 2012

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