The Beauty of Differences

by Jean Chaumont

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    Selected in the best albums of 2018 by Downbeat Magazine, Ruth Fisher of Jazz FM (London, UK) and journalist Bill Milkowski.

    “Uncommon delicacy”
    –Downbeat Magazine ★★★★

    “The Beauty of Differences is an incredible work of jazz”
    –Time OFF

    “You’ll be impressed by the depth and emotion of the performances”
    –Richard Kamins (Step Tempest)

    “Exquisite and enchanting”
    –Dave Rogers (WTJU)

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Bandcamp exclusivity, the digital booklet is included with your download.
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A Parisian for 30 years, guitarist-composer Jean Chaumont relocated in late 2014 to Princeton, New Jersey, where his American wife, Andrea, came to study. Inspired not only by his new surroundings but by the political dysfunction of the times, Chaumont began to compose intensely. He quickly realized he was laying the groundwork for The Beauty of Differences, his extraordinary debut, co-produced with pianist and founder of the Misfitme label Enoch Smith, Jr. “This album can be thought of as a spiritual journal, recording the changes in my inner being during my own cultural adjustment and this challenging time in the world,” Chaumont says. “The Beauty of Differences is an invitation to open our eyes in a new way, to celebrate the richness of this earth and everything that it holds.”

All the proceeds of the album are donated to the nonprofit organization Villages in Partnership for the excavation of wells in the Sakata region of Malawi, Africa.

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All tracks composed and arranged by Jean Chaumont except:

Prayer for Creation (Melody: B. F. White, Lyrics: Cathy Yost, Arrangement: Jean Chaumont)
The Beauty of Differences (Music: Jean Chaumont, Lyrics: Andrea Chaumont, Tamil adaptation: Vinod Gnanaraj)

credits

released June 15, 2018

Musicians
JEAN CHAUMONT - guitars
MICHAEL BOND - piano & rhodes
IKE STURM - upright bass
RUDY ROYSTON - drums
SAM SADIGURSKY - saxophones tenor & soprano

Production
DAVID KOWALSKI - tracking, mix and mastering
ENOCH SMITH JR. - record producer
JEAN CHAUMONT - producer

Guests
TIERNEY SUTTON - vocals (1 & 4)
VINOD GNANARAJ - vocals (6)
JOHN HADFIELD - percussions (6)
ENOCH SMITH JR. - hammond organ (3, 6 & 7)

Artwork
EMILY NELMS PEREZ- sculpture “A Broken Culture” and photography
JAYNIE MCCLOSKEY - graphic design
ESTELLE BOHL - photography treatment

Recorded at Teaneck Sound Studio on May 16th and June 29th 2017
Released in co-license with Misfitme music (USA) and RE:JAZZ (France)
Jean plays Eastman guitars

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Jean Chaumont Seattle, Washington

A guitarist and composer of uncommon depth and purpose, both musically and socially, Jean Chaumont has emerged as a formidable presence on the international jazz scene. Born in France, he relocated to Princeton, NJ in late 2014 and promptly began work on his debut album The Beauty of Differences, featuring world-class drummer Rudy Royston and 8 time Grammy-nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton. ... more

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