Space Time Records
Space Time Records was founded by Xavier Felgeyrolles in 1995, and the first album was released September 1996.The label was born in the back of a piano store from an improvised “after hours” piano solo of Donald Brown, which became the first album to be released on Space Time Records: “Piano Short Stories”. However this is not exactly where and when this great adventure started… In fact, the first meeting between Donald Brown & Xavier Felgeyrolles occurred in 1989 and the idea of a musical and publishing collaboration was unconsciously retained to the back of their minds –until that evening of piano, jazz and friendship. Since then, Space Time Records has released many albums starring Donald Brown, prized by critics and large audiences all over the world.
Around the same time, mid 90’s, the late Walter H. Squindo, a great fan of the Memphis jazz pianists, joined the label and brought a couple of unreleased recordings produced by the pianist James Williams together with the legendary pianist Charles Thomas and the great drummer Alan Dawson (the only album recorded under his name). Around the same time, next to Donald Brown, the trumpeter & arranger Bill Mobley became another pillar of the label with his big band recording “Live at Small’s” with “Bill Mobley Orchestra” (1998) and many more.
Over the last 20 years Space Time Records has released some very unique and rare albums with great multi national jazz musicians from several generations and from different countries. The label has always campaigned for and been committed to tradition and all those who created the language of jazz, and remains open to new talents and new adventures.
Can we say that jazz makes man joyful?
The regulars to the festival Jazz en Tête know
the answer: jazz can be compared to wine. It has its varieties, its production techniques, its soils and its vintages. It has become universal and just like wine,
it can exhilarate as Duke Ellington phrased it in his famous title, “It doesn’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing”.
But swing, however it is declined, is not the only intoxicating element in a form of music in which the rhythms,
colors and sounds interact. Just like the special alchemy that operates in the production of wine – vintage wines not the adulterated varieties that are invading the market – swing represents a triumph of life over bland substitutes; jazz must possess that shadow of an extra something
the other musical forms of music don’t have, a hundred year-old antidote to the everyday mundane sounds.
Jérôme Barde had not released any album under his own name in over ten years - other than those he co-signed with the French saxophonist Olivier Temime & The Volunteered Slaves. The guitarist is back at the head of the Jazztronautes with the album SPINNING
Jérôme Barde defines his project as "a travel diary covering many years of peregrination.
In a way, I was trying to escape to a form
of weightlessness, I explored new ways,
and I was finally able to fulfill this “multidimensional” dream with the “Jazztronautes” who are musicians from various backgrounds I have regularly played with over the past few years: my Cuban friends, Irving Acao on saxophone & Lukmil Perez on drums, French pianist Vincent Strazzieri and American bassist Darryl Hall "
With inspired original compositions and crafted arrangements, Jérôme Barde proves he remains an outstanding melodist. The version of the all-time standard “Sweet Lorraine” stands out as profoundly original. In A Poem for Martin and Habiba, the guitarist pays homage to two great pianists with whom he recorded: Donald Brown and Kirk Lightsey. Anyway, people will undoubtedly notice and feel the musical bonds that unite the Jazztronautes.