53rd Street reflects techniques developed over many years by Robert Kaddouch in his attempts to embrace, capture and convey musical worlds which are close to his heart and relate to meaningful events in his life. His interpretations, in collaboration with legendary double bassist Gary Peacock, are linked to the authenticity of this approach, which mixes jazz, children's songs, Yiddish themes and his own compositions.
The duo explores the connections between What Is This Thing Called Love, written by Cole Porter and sung on Broadway two months after the Crash of 1929, and Jingle Bells, a Christmas song from 1857; between A la claire fontaine, inspired by an anonymous poem from the 18th century, and Ani Purim, a festive theme from the Jewish tradition. Together they find that each song goes way back in our collective memory. Each has travelled across borders, history and multiple interpretations.
Robert Kaddouch and Gary Peacock alternate these traditional themes with standards arranged by Robert Kaddouch, as well as two of his recent compositions: “53rd Street” and “Agile”.
Robert Kaddouch is a French “jazz researcher” who for many years has been working on the art of the duo through various collaborations. His hallmark is the development of an authentic musical philosophy and a human approach, expressed in particular through his teaching, which enjoys international recognition.
Gary Peacock is a jazz legend whose influence has helped redefine the role of the double bass – and a member for the last 30 years of one of modern jazz’s most emblematic trios, alongside Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette.