Jacques Schwarz-Bart, also known as “Brother Jacques,” was born in the Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe but raised mostly in Switzerland by his literate, jet-setting parents. Those two locations figure prominently in his third CD, which leans heavily on the seven traditional gwoka rhythms of Guadeloupe-lots of percussion!-while exploring the jazz sounds with which he grew up on the Continent. Schwarz-Bart, now a New Yorker, is 44 but has been playing the sax for only 20 years. He started late, but convincingly shatters that old saw about the need to start on an instrument during the pre-teens in order to become a professional.
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