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Biography

French band with beats and some spices

Philippe Balatier, aka Balat, keyboardist and sample magician, fan of James Brown and of the Propellerheads, and composer of ad soundtracks. Guillaume Poncelet, an incredible young French jazz trumpeter. Pascal Reva, aka Bilbo, guitarist and drummer, a popular multi-instrumentalist with impeccable influences. Philippe Sellam, aka Slam, saxophonist who's played everything from free to big band, and has accompanied the likes of Gil Evans and Paco Sery. Mike Chekli, aka DJ Mike, the man on the decks, infused with soul and funk, a key figure on the Parisian hip hop scene.

If there is a concept behind, it is very simple: to mix the original celebratory spirit of jazz with hypnotic rhythms and contemporary sounds. Acoustic and Jungle, Trip Hop and Fanfares, melodies and samples, funk and jazz happily mingle with drum and bass.

For the last two years the band has been touring Europe, appearing at clubs and festivals. Each of their show is so explosive that that their name is spreading like wildfire. A fantastic display of energy and rhythm, an invitation to trance: brass solos, hip hop, musicians that move and communicate their enthusiasm to the crowd, and at the same time can bring back the magic of George Clinton or Frank Zappa as well as of course Miles Davis for the innovation. ­ the list is never ending with such eclectic neo-jazzmen!The band have created around themselves and their music an imaginative, all-encompassing universe, with their logo, photos, website, videos etc. A new, enticing aesthetic whose drive is the sound, percussive, powerful, sophisticated by always devilishly infectious.

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