Artist/Composer:Alban Darche
(P) 2004
All Music Guide - 4 stars Jazzman - 4 stars
In „Stringed” Alban Darche sets new limits, new challenges for himself. He puts improvising into parentheses, turns towards contemporary music and strives to make his playing clean – still he plays the engagingly delicate music characteristic of him.

Thierry Mallevaës

Notes musicales

01. Prelude
02. Quatuor La Loi, movement 1
03. Hypocoristique
04. Winter song
05. Magyar suite, movement 1
06. Hommage à Alfred Schnittke
07. Magyar suite, movement 2
08. Magyar suite, movement 3
09. Magyar suite, movement 4
10. Magyar suite, movement 5
11. Costello’s song
12. Postlude

 Total time: 55:59
Alban Darche - saxophones (Selmer instruments)
Gábor Gadó - guitar
Sébastien Boisseau - double bass

RTQ String Quartet:
Balázs Bujtor - 1. violin
Gergely Janzsó - 2. violin
Zsófia Winkler - viola
Béla Gál - violoncello
Production notes:
All compositions and arrangements by Alban Darche except track 6 by Gábor Gadó
Recorded at Tom-Tom Studio, Budapest on 25-28/04/2004
Recorded and mixed by Attila Kölcsényi
Cover art by Meral Yasar based on photos by GBMY
Portrait photos: István Huszti
Art-Smart by GBMY
Architect: Gábor Bachman

Produced by László Gôz
Executive producer: Tamás Bognár

The recording was sponsored by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the National Cultural Fund of Hungary and the French Institute, Budapest

Scott Yanow - All Music Guide (en)
Yvan Amar - Jazzman (fr)
Franck Bergerot - Jazzman (fr)
Nicolas Brémaud - Le Monde de la musique (fr) (fr) (fr)
Schwäbische Zeitung (ger)
Jonathan Scheiner - Jüdische Allgemeine (ger)
Juan Carlos Abelenda - (esp)
Diverdi (esp)
Máté J. György - Gramofon (hu)
Flór Gábor - Café Momus (hu)
Népszabadság (hu)
Olasz Sándor - Rockinform (hu)
KomaKino (hu)

Click on the image for higher resolution!Alban Darche (1974, Quimper)

He studied in the Conservatory of Nantes from 1981 to 1990 and attended the CNSM de Paris in 1996, where he studied in the jazz department of François Jeanneau for two years.
His regular groups as a leader are Le Cube (feat. Sébastien Boisseau, Christophe Lavergne and Arnaud Roulin) and Le Gros Cube (13 musicians), Jazzophone saxophone quartet (feat. Sylvain Rifflet, Stéphane Payen and Patrick Charnois), a duo with pianist Cédric Piromalli and a new quartet: Alban Darche Consort (feat. Sébastien Boisseau, François Merville and Piromalli.)

He regularly plays with numerous jazz ensembles such as Fred Pallem’s Le sacre du tympan or Stéphane Payen’s Thot agrandi and in many projects of Geoffroy Tamisier.
He was laureate at “La Défense national jazz contest” with Jazzophone in 1997, and won the best soloist prize and the first band prize at the “Avignon jazz contest” in 1998. He was commissioned by the French ministry of culture for different writings: harmony orchestra, sax quartet, double trio and big-band.

Alban Darche has also played and recorded with such great musicians as Tim Berne, Marc Ducret, Kenny Wheeler, Driss El Maloumi, Baptiste Trotignon, Médéric Collignon, Laurent Blondiau, Daniel Humair, Vincent Courtois.
In 2000 he co-founded the Yolk label with Sébastien Boisseau and the trombone player Jean-Louis Pommier. (

Jazzophone live Pannonica (Hotwood, 1996)
Kaput-K (with Marc Ducret) (Hotwood, 1998)
Jazzophone live à New Orleans Blues for Geo (Yolk, 2000)
Jazzophone cie et Tim Berne Mosaïques (Yolk, 2000)
Quartethno(Yolk, 2000)
Jean-Louis Pommier Qüntęt On the Road Enfin! (Yolk, 2001)
Le Cube Autorité Culinaire (Yolk, 2001)
Geoffroy Tamisier/Kenny Wheeler G.meets K. (Yolk, 2001)
Darche & El Maloumi Quartethno Sabâa Tawada (Yolk, 2003)
Le Cube Le thé (Yolk, 2003)

Gábor Gadó (1957, Pécs) started his musical studies on the violin, then switched to the classical guitar. He graduated in 1983 from the Jazz Department of the Béla Bartók Music Conservatory as a student of Gyula Babos, following which he featured in the bands of the vanguard of Hungarian jazz musicians. Amongst his first partners were Róbert Rátonyi Jr, Ferenc Snétberger, Attila László, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Elemér Balázs and Kálmán Oláh. Later he appeared more and more frequently in international line-ups, for example alongside Gerald Veasley, Randy Roos and George Jinda.

The first band he organised was called Joy, and recorded an album entitled Cross cultures. In 1991 he released Special time, the first album under his own name, then toured Europe with Nikola Parov. In 1995 he moved to France, then briefly lived in London too. After five years the Gábor Gadó Quartet was formed in Paris: Matthieu Donarier (tenor saxophone), Sébastien Boisseau (double bass), Joe Quitzke (drums).

He first played with his French partners on the album Greetings from the angel, which was followed by Homeward and the outstandingly successful Orthodoxia.

Gábor Winand’s album Corners of my mind, composed by Gábor Gadó, was chosen by the French magazine Jazzman as one of the best albums of the year in 2002.

In 2003 his achievements earnt him the Bobby Jaspar prize, awarded by the French L’Academie du Jazz each year to the European jazz musician of the year – the highest international recognition of his work to date. He is a sought-after guest at French and international festivals and clubs, and has performed at the following places: Festival de Châteauroux, Festival de Jazz de Montlouis/Loire, Rencontres internationales de Jazz de Nevers, Festival Crest Jazz Vocal, Festival de l’Hotel d’Albret (Paris), Tete Montoliu Jazz Festival (Barcelona), Festival de Jazz de Souillac, Festival de Jazz de Vitrolles, Fete de la musique de Téhéran, Mittel Europa Jazz Festival de Schiltingheim and the Paris Jazz Festival.

Joy Cross cultures (Hungaropop-jazz, 1987)
Gábor Gadó Special time (Sentemo, 1991)
Gábor Gadó One glimpse is not enough (BMC, 1999)
Gábor Gadó Greetings from the angel (BMC, 2000)
Gábor Gadó Homeward (BMC, 2001)
Gábor Winand Corners of my mind (BMC, 2002)
Gábor Gadó Quartet Orthodoxia (BMC, 2002)
David Yengibarjan with Frank London Pandoukht (BMC, 2003)
Gábor Gadó Quartet Unknown kingdom (BMC, 2003)
Gábor Winand Agent spirituel (BMC, 2003)
Péter Eötvös Snatches (BMC, 2003)
Gábor Gadó Second coming (BMC, 2004)
Gábor Gadó Modern dances for the advanced in age (BMC, 2004)
Gábor Winand Different garden (BMC, 2004)

Sébastien Boisseau (1974, Lille)

After classical training in double bass at the Dreux conservatory with Damien Guffroy, Sébastien Boisseau began studying jazz with J.J. Ruhlmann, then went on to the C.N.R. in Tours. A series of musical encounters rounded out his training: Jean-François Jenny-Clark, Bruno Chevillon, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz and Marc Johnson.

At the same time, he began teaching music theory and double bass, and participated in numerous pedagogical activities. He was awarded the “D.E. de jazz” (prestigious teaching diploma) in 2001.

He was voted best soloist at the La Défense competition in 2001. He currently plays in Daniel Humair’s Baby-boom quintet, as well as Martial Solal’s Newdécaband and the Eric Watson Quartet. He participates in several groups, such as Triade (featuring Cédric Piromalli and Nicolas Larmignat), which won second ensemble prize at La Défense in 2001, and guitarist Gábor Gadó’s quartet with Matthieu Donarier and Joe Quitzke. He also works with the Bulgarian trombone player, Gueorgui Kornazov’s quintet and the trumpet player, Laurent Blondiau’s Belgian group Määk’ Spirit. He is a member of the big band A Suivre...X’Tet, directed by Bruno Regnier. He formed the trio Le Cube with Alban Darche and Christophe Lavergne.

Since 2003 he has been the member of the François Jeanneau Pandémonium. In 2004 he joined the Tristano project of Stephan Oliva and François Raulin (featuring Marc Ducret, Laurent Dehors, Christophe Monniot).

He has worked with such musicians as Pat Metheny, Michel Portal, Denis Badault, Daniel Humair, David Friedman, Marvin Stamm, Franco Ambrosetti, Marc Ducret, François Merville, Chander Sardjoe, Médéric Collignon, Louis Sclavis, François Jeanneau, Eric Echampard, Jean-Louis Pommier, Manu Codjia, Régis Huby, Ben Monder, Iain Ballamy and Stephan Oliva.

He co-founded the association and label Yolk in 2000. (

Triade (AA, 1998)
Triade L’Ardu (Yolk, 2000)
Le Cube Autorité Culinaire (Yolk, 2001)
A Suivre... X’tet Paris-Calvance (Yolk, 2001)
Gábor Gadó Homeward (BMC, 2001)
Gábor Winand Corners of my mind (BMC, 2002)
Gábor Gadó Quartet Orthodoxia (BMC, 2002)
Gábor Gadó Quartet Unknown Kingdom (BMC, 2003)
Humair/ Stamm/ Friedman/ Boisseau Ear mix (Sketch, 2003)
Daniel Humair Quintet Baby-Boom (Sketch, 2003)
A Suivre... X’tet Variations Altérées (Yolk, 2003)
Le Cube Le Thé (Yolk, 2003)
Zufferey/ Boisseau/ Humair Après l’orage (Bee Jazz, 2003)
Triade Entropie (Sketch, 2004)
Gueorgui Kornazov Quintet (CRISTAL, 2004)
Gábor Gadó Modern dances for the advanced in age (BMC, 2004)