Chris Joris

"All in all, an enchanting set, that lingers in the mind long after individual tracks have faded from memory."
Simon Adams

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1) Bihogo
2) To Yassin
3) One For Joe (Pierre Vaïana)
4) Konchu, The Wind
5) The Kiss
6) A Chat With Annie
7) Irungu
8) Zapata’s Tune
9) The Window
10) Uhambo Lo Mzingeli

All compositions by Chris Joris except where indicated

Chris Joris: likembé, piano, djembé, berimbau, cane flute
Pierre Vaïana: soprano sax
Cameron Brown: double bass
Annie Whitehead: trombone on (6
Dieudonné Bashila Kabongo: likembé
Didier Labarre: tres batas, djoum-djoum, ototelé
Fréderic Malempré: berimbau, tumba, oconcolo, caxixi’s
Michel Seba: quinto, oconcolo, iya

recorded at STUDIO FIELDS, Braine-l’Alleud (Belgium), November 24, 1992 & July 20 & 31, 1993 at CC “Zwaneberg”, Heist-op-den-Berg (Belgium) by Didier de Roos. Track (7 recorded by Paul Rispens at the Belga Jazz Festival on November 4, 1991.

art work: Brice Heyndels

Chris Joris, Poerre Vaïana & Cameron Brown © Jean Alleyn


“Fortunately Chris Joris refrains from artificially embracing world music on ‘Bihogo’. He doesn’t renounce his affection for African rhythms and melodies. No, but he threw over ballast. ‘Bihogo’ is a lot more plain and balanced than its predecessor ‘Songs For Mbizo’. The alliance with soprano saxophone player Pierre Vaïana yields profits. Vaïana’s bare, melancholic sound and rugged, zigzagging phrasing do fit wonderfully well with the delicate percussion and the plain piano playing by Joris. There are charming, attractive themes like ‘Bihogo’, the Coltranesk and plaintive ‘Naima’s Tree’ or the more skipping ‘Zapata’s Tune’. With inventive playing the wool-dyed American bassplayer Cameron Brown leaves his mark on the title song or on ‘Irungu’ and with ‘The Window’ we also get an exotic flavour. Joris invited a few guests as well. The improvised duet with trombone-player Annie Whitehead is a strike.”
Karel Van Keymeulen in “De Standaard” (Belgium), January 1, 1994

“Chris Joris est à la fois un conservateur et un aventurier, un explorateur de la musique moderne qu’il élabore avec la richesse du passé. ”
Philippe Renaud in “Improjazz” (France), April 1994

“All in all, an enchanting set, that lingers in the mind long after individual tracks have faded from memory. ”
Simon Adams in “Jazz Journal International” (U.K.), September 1994

Pierre Vaïana & Chris Joris © Jean Alleyn

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18.05.1956 - 09.06.2021

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