French jazz musician Jonathan Orland began playing music during his childhood in Paris, starting with the piano and the clarinet. In his early teenage years, he developed a passion for jazz and taught himself the saxophone before beginning formal studies with Thomas Savy, Tom Buckner, and André Villégier.
At age 22 Jonathan was offered a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he had the privilege of studying with great musicians such as George Garzone, Hal Crook, Bill Pierce and Greg Osby.
After finishing his studies at Berklee, Jonathan headed for Montreal, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance at McGill University and took part in projects with great artists such as Kevin Dean and Steve Amirault.
His debut album is the result of his four years’ stay in North America where he met young musicians from all over the world coming to Boston. Each musician brings his own style and musical personality to the band. George Garzone, who Jonathan considers like his mentor, also performs on the album.
While the word “home” most often appears in the singular, the title “Homes” expresses the feeling of being at home everywhere, as long as there is music and a meaningful exchange among musicians. Although the tracks offer contrasting tempos and colors, the album maintains a sense of unity and continuity throughout.
01 KALINGA – 7:28
02 IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY – 8:58
Dave Brubeck (arranged by Jonathan Orland & Hal Crooks)
03 CHASSIDOT -7:34
04 ZAI GEZUNT – 8:04
05 OR NOT – 6:44
06 YONI’S LAMENT – 7:49
07 THE POPE AND I – 6:15
08 THE TOUCH OF YOUR LIPS – 6:43
TOTAL TIME 59:37