Thiefs : Graft (la Greffe)

by Thiefs feat. Aaron Parks, Mike Ladd & Gaël Faye

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[ENG] - Hailed by The New York Times for its “startling mash of natural and synthetic, resonant and fractured,” and by JazzTimes for “transcending the concept of idiom altogether,” Thiefs returns with Graft, an evocative odyssey informed by jazz, hip-hop, electronic, experimental music and more. The subject matter, so pertinent in this political moment, is identity, dislocation, migration and otherness. “‘Graft’ is the idea of being augmented, stripped bare, transformed by cultural experiences, by places, by the movement of people,” bassist and co-leader Keith Witty explains. “It refers to the mixing of roots, sometimes violently, sometimes quietly and unremarkably.”

« The group has a larger sound (…) and a new sense of vim and vigor. » Next Bop

[FR] - Pour son second album, Thiefs, le trio franco-américain voleurs de beats, fait claquer les langues et pose la question du déracinement et de la greffe (graft) culturelle. Avec des contributions exceptionnelles du pianiste Aaron Parks (ECM), du poète et MC américain Mike Ladd et du romancier rappeur franco-rwandais Gaël Faye, il signe un disque manifeste entre jazz de la rue, électro expérimentale et hip-hop conscient.

« Un disque passionnant qui sera à coup sûr l’un des événements de début 2018 » Muziq

« Le second album de Thiefs est un événement car rarement la greffe avait aussi bien prise entre ces mondes » — CHOC, Jazz magazine

« Entre urgence rap et flow sensible, mélange des langues et des genres, choc des notes et des mots, la greffe prend et surprend. » L'Alsace

« Un groove haletant et universel » FIP

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credits

released January 26, 2018

Christophe Panzani - saxophone, woodwinds, electronics
Keith Witty - upright bass, electronics
David Frazier Jr. - acoustic & electric drums
Aaron Parks - piano & keyboards (on 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10)
Mike Ladd - vocals (on 2, 3, 8)
Gaël Faye - vocals (on 2, 4, 10)
Guillermo E. Brown - vocals (on 6, 7)
Grey Santiago - vocals (on 6)
Edgar Sekloka - vocals (on 6)

Produced by Keith Witty & Christophe Panzani for The Drops Music
Recorded by Jason Candler at The Speakeasy, NYC
& Andy Taub at Brooklyn Recording, NYC
Mixed by Keith Witty & David Darlington at Bass Hit Recording, NYC
Mastered by Kevin Peterson at The Mastering Palace, NYC

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