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May 1998

Henri Texier
Respect
Label Bleu

If the name (and work) of French bassist Henri Texier is as unknown to you as it is to me, read on. Hailing from a country noted more for cool cinema and wine, Texier is deserving of wider jazz recognition. His new recording, the aptly-titled Respect, is one sweet slice of urbane swing. A supple, melodic player, Texier selflessly fronts a crew of veteran warriors (Lee Konitz, Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Swallow, Paul Motian), sharing the spotlight, giving each member plenty of room to breathe and blend. A musical congress of equals, the band seamlessly flows from the languid soulfulness of "Idyll" to the high-spirited bop of "Ladies' Waders" to the album closing wistful waltz of horns that centers "Marcello Mastroianni." Music to chill by.

Originally published in May 1998
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