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Moutin Reunion Quartet



Biography

The Moutin Reunion Quartet was formed in 1998: François Moutin (acoustic bass) and Louis Moutin (drums), wanted to play their own compositions. They recruited pianist Baptists Trotignon and saxophonist Sylvain Beuf, and the blend of personalities, sensibilities, and musical skills created an ideal jazz quartet that was soon in demand at many of the top festivals and venues in Europe. Each of the artists had experience playing with a number of leading jazz artists, and they are represented on more than 50 recordings by such musicians as Johnny Griffin, Randy Brecker, Richard Galliano, Danilo Perez, John Abercrombie, James Moody, Birelli Lagrene, Martial Solal, Didier Lockwood, Toots Thielesman, and Jean-Michel Pilc. Power Tree, focusing on original compositions and the Moutin Reunion Quartet’s first CD as a group, was released to critical acclaim in France in 2001. Dreyfus Records released Power Tree in the United States in January 2002. Saxophonist Beuf left the ensemble in 2002 to pursue a solo career, only to be replaced by the great sax man Rick Margitza, who partnered with Miles Davis for many years. The Quartet has already toured twice in the United States, and has received acclaim here and in Europe. The Quartet was selected as the first act of its new NPR program, Jazz a la Maison Francaise, which is produced by WDUQ Public Radio in Pittsburgh and will begin national airing in May 2000.

February 2003
Photo of Moutin Reunion Quartet