Henri Texier

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Henri Texier performing in Paris in 2007

Henri Texier (born January 27, 1945 in Paris ) is a double bass player , multi-instrumentalist, singer, orchestra leader and composer of French jazz.

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Texier initially played as a pianist at the age of 15; he switched to bass for an engagement with Jef Gilson , but is self-taught as a double bass player . In the jazz clubs of Paris he worked with exiled Americans such as Bud Powell , Johnny Griffin and Bill Coleman from the early 1960s . From 1965 he also worked with Don Cherry , then with Martial Solal (and Lee Konitz ). Texier was the European jazz audiences since 1968 in the European Rhythm Machine by Phil Woods known. He made his first own records in the 1970s, where he also appeared with Joachim Kühn and Didier Lockwood . During this decade he also explored other instruments. At the beginning of the 1980s he founded a band with saxophonist and clarinetist Louis Sclavis , guitarist Philippe Deschepper and drummer Jacques Mahieux , which played a mixture of jazz, pop and world music .

During the 1990s he toured Europe several times with his Azur Quartet (first recording on Indian's Week ). Especially in the trio with drummer Aldo Romano and Louis Sclavis, he received worldwide attention; he has toured with him on numerous tours and released three albums. He has also made other trio recordings, including with Alain Jean-Marie and Aldo Romano, with Pietro Tonolo and again with Romano. With the Strada Sextet , Texier put younger musicians in the spotlight, including his own son, the clarinetist and saxophonist Sébastien Texier .

In 1977 he received the Prix ​​Django Reinhardt .

His title Dance revolt is used by Deutschlandfunk as a jingle for the program “Eine Welt”.

Henri Texiers Hope Quartet on December 4th, 2013 in the Stadtgarten Cologne

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