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Like his double bass, Henri Texier is a pillar, a landmark in jazz and music in general. After an early career at the end of the 1960s, along with American bebop giants such as Bud Powell, Donald Byrd, Dexter Gordon and Kenny Clarke, Henri Texier stands out for his originality at the forefront of world music well before the term.
The proof is in his first two recordings made on the label ‘JMS’ – Amir (1975) and Varech (1977) reissued here to satisfy requests coming from the four the likes of Bonobo, Chinese Man, Be Svendsen and many others.
Amir, Le Piroguier, Les “là-bas”, l’Elephant, Quand le Blues s’en ira and many more of his songs are considered today to be true classics.