exotic colorful cover attracts people and make them curious. Kudos
Gérald Bonnegrace for the wise selection of Clément Laurentin's excellent picture for G's Way's new album.
The Parisian group G's Way consists of Gérald "GG" Bonnegrace
(percussions, trumpet, trombone, keys) Thierry "JP Groov"
Jean-Pierre (bass), Stefane Goldman (guitar), Sylvain "Sly" Fetis
(tenor and baritone saxophone) and Sonny Troupé (drums). Their debut
album Seventy Seven (2012) has the status of an
insider. Hopefully that will change with the sophomore album
It sounds like an old legend from ancient times.
Once Upon A Time
is not a fairy tale, but throw waves in the style of Curtis Mayfield
or Fela Ransome Kuti. Is it jazz, is it funk or is it just African?
Take It Easy
has that certain groove beyond all musical borders. Lorenz Rainer
shines on trumpet.
On Manikou the group steps further on Africa's path with
that swinging Kuti rhythm still setting own accents with an
incredible instrumental presence.
on organ is the featured soloist. Jam Session is
concentrated vitality with powerful horn and percussion insert. Fine
highlights by Sylvain "Sly" Fetis on baritone sax, Thomas Koenig on
flute and Lorenz Rainer on trumpet. A real paradise for percussion
War Games makes it even more powerful in a crescendo of
percussion and horns. One Nation is a vocal impact by
Kohndo, known as one of the best lyricist in French rap.
is built on a Cabasa and rubboard driven rhythm, added with harmonic
horn segments and further decorated with a jazzy going xylophone.
Kim Helped Me
starts as Curtis Mayfield flavored piece with horn harmonies and wah
guitar before Trevor Mires explodes on trombone turning the piece
into a multicultural sound cascade.
On Took So Long Melina Jones offers her rap experience
embedded in a broad horn segmentation. Gotcha starts with
Nicolas Liesnard's little Rhodes theme, gets some disco feeling,
pupates in a funky shell and meanders into Fetis' outstanding sax
The Perfect Getaway
features multitalented singer Bruce Sherfield with his own view of
things. On Space Invaders the group presents in the style
of UK's top act Incognito. A good chance for Electro Deluxe
keyboardist Gaël Cadoux to spread his magic on Rhodes.
The title Patchwork describes meaningfully and aptly what
the listener awaits at G's Way's new album. A musical diversity that
can be found in their extent only in Paris. This mixture of styles
is a demanding challenge for any listener who seeks the new or is
missing the old.
Buy the album at
Artist: G's Way
Genre: Fusion Jazz
Label: G's Way
01 Once Upon A Time [6:19]
02 Take It Easy (Featuring Lorenz Rainer) [4:20]
03 Manikou (Featuring Aleksander Terris) [6:54]
04 Jam Session (Featuring Thomas Koening & Lorenz Rainer) [5:29]
05 War Games [4:53]
06 One Nation (Featuring Kohndo) [3:39]
07 Sainte-Marie [3:46]
08 Kim Helped Me (Featuring Trevor Mires) [4:42]
09 Took So Long (Featuring Melina Jones) [3:41]
10 Gotcha [4:55]
11 The Perfect Getaway (Featuring Bruce Sherfield) [3:53]
12 Space Invaders (Featuring Gaël Cadoux) [7:55]