Tonight Etienne Charles presents his latest project, Creole Soul, at Le Poisson Rouge. We teamed up with our LargeUp family to get you some exclusive sights, sounds, and stories from the album process before you come out to the show!
Etienne Charles is a connector of styles, a fusion of cultures, and most importantly an visionary of groove music. Bringing together his own influences on his latest record entitled ‘Creole Soul’ entailed not only digging into his own roots, but also the roots of those artists who inspired the very development of his style. We sat down ahead of the 7/23/13 release of ‘Creole Soul’ to break down the concept behind the record and discuss Etienne’s own path. Check it out below and be sure to head over to LPR on 7/23 for the release show!
The New York Times calls trumpeter/bandleader Etienne Charles an auteur who is “one of [jazz’s] more ambitious soloists and composers,” JazzTimes applauds him as a “daring improviser” and DownBeat celebrates his tone as “melodically captivating” and “rhythmically agile” that makes his music “immediately pleasing.” After three impressive and well-received albums for his own Culture Shock Music imprint, Charles has garnered a welcomed response to his Caribbean roots-informed jazz. His latest album, Creole Soul—his most accomplished recording so far in his young career—is infused with Charles’ ebullient and intimate artistry.