My Record Collection - March 3, 2020

My Record Collection by Christophe Chassol
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My Record Collection by Christophe Chassol

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of avant-garde pianist Christophe Chassol. Let's see what he goes for...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"It was The Cure's Standing On The Beach, a compilation of their singles from 1978 to 1985. I was so surprised and questioned by the Albert Camus lyrics on the first track, 'Killing an Arab'. 

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was...

"This was 'Pissed And Proud' by Peter & The Test Tube Babies. I was around 14 years old and we wanted to be the punk band from the school."

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"This is 'Light As A Feather' by Chick Corea & Return to Forever. I discovered it while studying for the baccalaureat at 17 and then did not study much after that. The sound, the compositions, the playing, the bass lines, everything was so warm, fast, virtuoso and yet accessible. I still love it to death."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Studio Tan by Frank Zappa. This has so much complex fun and craziness. Especially 'Let Me Take You To The Beach'..."

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"It is Stone Flower by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Brazilian geniuses like him invented that feeling of positive nostalgia with bossa nova. Every track is gorgeous and gives an arrangement lesson."

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"DREAMS by Dreams. This has Billy Cobham on drums, the Brecker Brothers on horns and Jeff Beck. Only one album for this power New York band of 1970 with strong compositions, songs and performances so deep and smelling so much young."

"Michael Brecker was only 19 when he recorded it, just arriving in NY to join his brother. I love the last track. It is a hymn to that city’s fast and crazy traffic that everybody should know."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I love all the CTI covers, but I would say Hubert Laws' Romeo & Juliet and its art nouveau drawing of flutes and lovers."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Different Trains by Steve Reich. When he was three years old in 1939, Reich would take different trains than other kids the same age in Europe."

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"Every Prince album. I am sorry for the Prince Lovers..."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Stephen Sondheim’s Company. Sondheim wrote the lyrics for West Side Story, but he is also a fantastic composer. This is one of his very famous musicals from 1970."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2020 is…

"Shame on me. I have to admit that it is mine, LUDI. I can't wait to share it. I'm sorry for that narcissistic answer, but it's the truth..."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I'd have to say it's GIANT BOX by Don Sebesky. This has a cast of stars soloist (Hancock, Cobham, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws) an orchestra, covers from Stravinsky and Mahavishnu with fast drums, vocal crazy arrangements, beauty, a fantastic cover, a fantastic Rudy Van Gelder’s sound, it's perfection to me…"

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