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Erik Truffaz

French trumpeter Erik Truffaz sounds suspiciously like Star Trek’s man-machine Borgs when he talks of the confluence of humanity and technology. “The connection between machines and human beings is definitely one of the 21st century’s most important challenges. When there is a real fusion, then the machine becomes human.”

Truffaz’s American debut, The Mask-sort of In a Silent Way for the drum ‘n’ bass generation-is a beautiful combination of organic instrumentation and electronica-inspired grooves that collects tracks from his three French Blue Note CDs. “We take our inspiration from the beats of the machines, but we play the music acoustically. And what we like in this approach, is the flexibility which allows us to grow like a jazz band.”

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