JULIEN TASSIN QUARTET
Sometimes we hold high hopes and great expectations, only to be caught off guard by life’s unforeseen twists and turns. Those moments serve as a reminder of the crucial role that resilience and (self-)belief play in all our lives. That is precisely what Julien Tassin’s latest album, “Great Expectations”, aims to explore: his own experiences with hope, joy and disillusions.
Last year, trumpet player Ron Miles was slated to be Julien’s special guest for a performance at Bozar, Brussels, where he would have completed the trio alongside Dré Pallemaerts and Nicolas Thys. Sadly, Miles passed away unexpectedly. Despite this tremendous loss, Tassin continued writing music for the project. He then invited American trumpet player Jason Palmer (Roy Hanes, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ravi Coltrane, Mark Turner) to join the trio. This eventually led to the recording of the new album.
Much like in classical music, most of the pieces are composed in several movements, each reflecting a distinct mood and atmosphere. The surprising twists and turns in the music align with the overarching theme, where each song tells a tale that effortlessly transitions between various grooves, while maintaining a cinematic undertone. However, there is ample space for improvisation and interaction, which has always been the band’s strength in the studio and live. Tassin’s fascination with blues is apparent throughout the album. The outcome is an exhilarating combination of blues, jazz and rock.
The album was released November 10 on W.E.R.F. Records & IGLOO Records. Live, “Great Expectations” will be performed by Julien Tassin on guitar, Nicolas Thys on bass, Dré Pallemaerts on drums and the American-Eritrean Hermon Mehari on trumpet. Expect a fresh and vibrant sound that showcases the quartet’s endless creativity.
Julien Tassin (BE) – Guitar
Nicolas Thys (BE) – Double bass
Dré Pallemaerts (BE) – Drums
Hermon Mehari (US/ER) – Trumpet