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© Sylvain Gripoix
© Sylvain Gripoix


Getz, Rifflet et Appassionato : a triple threat

Sylvain Rifflet, one of the most creative saxophonists and composers of his generation, has made a childhood dream comtrue with “Re-Focus. In it, he pays a vivid and accomplished tribute to his master, the legendary Stan Getz, and to his album “Focus” – his all-time favorite – released in 1961 by Verve, where the saxophonist improvised to music written by Eddie Sauter for a string orchestra.

Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, this masterpiece shines the light on Sylvain Rifflet’s rewriting genius and talent to renew the oh-so-successful combination jazz and classical music hed made in 1961. To that end, he has surrounded himself with the excellent ensemble Appassionato, as comfortable with Mozart as with Getz. Conducted by Mathieu Herzog, the quartet completes and bounces off the refined, powerful and lyrical way the saxophonist plays. A strong piece and one of the most exciting concerts of the year.