Grégoire Maret (Deluxe Edition) by Grégoire Maret on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

For decades, if you mentioned the words “jazz” and “harmonica” together, one name came to mind: the Belgian master Toots Thielemans. But since emerging in the mid-'00s, Swiss-born Gregoire Maret has made a name for himself on the instrument. He's played with major jazz figures such as Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock, and he’s also worked with non-jazz artists like Meshell Ndegeocello and Pete Seeger. In 2012, Maret transitioned from in-demand sideman to the star of the show with his self-titled debut. The album opens with “Lucilla’s Dream,” a multi-part piece with impressive harmonica playing. Steve Wonder’s harp work has been a big influence on Maret, who brings a nice touch to Wonder’s “The Secret Life of Plants.” The awesome singer Cassandra Wilson appears on Gershwin’s “The Man I Love,” where Maret steps into the role of tasteful accompanist. There are also covers of a few Brazilian gems: Ivan Lins’ “O Amor E O Meu Pais” (with a guest spot by Thielemans) and Milton Nascimento’s “Ponta de Areia.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

For decades, if you mentioned the words “jazz” and “harmonica” together, one name came to mind: the Belgian master Toots Thielemans. But since emerging in the mid-'00s, Swiss-born Gregoire Maret has made a name for himself on the instrument. He's played with major jazz figures such as Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock, and he’s also worked with non-jazz artists like Meshell Ndegeocello and Pete Seeger. In 2012, Maret transitioned from in-demand sideman to the star of the show with his self-titled debut. The album opens with “Lucilla’s Dream,” a multi-part piece with impressive harmonica playing. Steve Wonder’s harp work has been a big influence on Maret, who brings a nice touch to Wonder’s “The Secret Life of Plants.” The awesome singer Cassandra Wilson appears on Gershwin’s “The Man I Love,” where Maret steps into the role of tasteful accompanist. There are also covers of a few Brazilian gems: Ivan Lins’ “O Amor E O Meu Pais” (with a guest spot by Thielemans) and Milton Nascimento’s “Ponta de Areia.”

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About Grégoire Maret

Harmonica player Grégoire Maret is an accomplished musician whose proficient skills are based in jazz, but have found him in demand across various genres. Born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1975, Maret studied music at both the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genèvethe and the New School in New York City. After graduating, Maret found work performing with such artists as David Sanborn, Cassandra Wilson, Me'Shell Ndegéocello, and many others. He was even featured in director Frédéric Baillif's 2005 documentary Sideman. Maret has also appeared on albums by Kurt Elling, Jacky Terrasson, Steve Coleman, and many more. The album Scenarios, a duo album by Maret and pianist Andy Milne, was released by the ObliqSound label in 2007. In 2012, Maret returned with his self-titled debut album as leader on the Entertainment One imprint. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • BORN
    May 13, 1975

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