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“[Rise Above] This CD is a success in my mind because it presents the artistry of Schwarz-Bart in all its various forms and winds up being downright entertaining!”
“Volcanic and astounding tenor saxman stretches his ideas to the fullest and comes up with a monument of composition. One’s emotions follow the journey to the depths of the man’s soul. The ride is exhilarating and leaves one with a feeling of awe and happiness. An utterly surprising adventure…”
“Schwarz-Bart has carried a dream for many years: to combine jazz with Gwoka, the three-hundred year old rhythmic tradition of Guadeloupe, his homeland. Soné Ka-La is the culmination of that dream.”
“His tenor playing is inventive and colorful, his improvisations stellar throughout, and he blends beautifully with the dense African percussion, rolling rhythms and light female and huskier male native choirs.”
“JSB is running the Voodoo down!”
“Schwarz-Bart has indeed found an alluring sound that brings together a variety of influences for a truly world jazz.”
“Schwarz-Bart soars high enough to suggest stardom is imminent.”
“Si Miles était vivant il l’aurait enrôlé ! Courtisé par Me’Shell et Roy Hargrove, son sax sculpte un groove teinté de funk et des rythmes de sa Guadeloupe natale.”
“Ce surdoué au style très personnel mêle jazz afro-américain et sons traditionnels créoles.”
“La musique du monde atteint ici un niveau inédit, ainsi que le jazz.”
“Avant-jazz saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart has created one of a kind album. It is the Bible of world music’s ancient and modern rhythms.”
“Mr. Schwarz-Bart fuses the hard tone of John Coltrane and the young Wayne Shorter in the angular lines and asymmetrical structures atop rhythms from Guadeloupe. There is serious thought in Mr. Schwarz-Bart’s fusion.”
"Soné Ka-La" is worth about a lifetime of listens, as it is wielded with heavy emotions gumbo-ed into one fine art.
“Those infectious beats play a fundamental role in Soné Ka La. Sometimes Schwarz-Bart embellishes his tone with a wah wah pedal, crafting silvery textures and advanced harmonies that point towards electronica. Nervertheless, melodic cogency is always crucial to his serpentine lines.”