Grégoire Maret

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Grégoire Maret
Marcus Miller and Gregoire Maret.jpg
Grégoire Maret and Marcus Miller at the North Sea Jazz Festival, 2007
Background information
Born (1975-05-13) May 13, 1975 (age 39)
Origin Geneva, Switzerland
Genres Jazz
Instruments Vocals, Harmonica
Labels ObliqSound, Universal
Associated acts Marcus Miller, Gaïa, Federico Gonzalez Peña, Dapp Theory
Website GregoireMaret.com

Grégoire Maret is a jazz harmonica player born on May 13, 1975 in Geneva, Switzerland. He began playing the harmonica at the age of 17.[1]

Background[edit]

Grégoire moved to New York City to study at the New School University's Jazz Department in New York City upon graduating from the prestigious Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève. Today he is one of the most sought after harmonica players in the world: often compared to legends Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder, he has been asked to play with an incredible number of famous musicians including Youssn’Dour, Me' Shell Ndegeocello, Pete Seeger, David Sanborn, George Benson, Cassandra Wilson, to name a few. In 2003 he was the subject of Swiss filmmaker Frédéric Baillif's documentary Sideman, which won several awards. In 2005, Grégoire toured with the Pat Metheny Group, receiving a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for their album The Way Up. He also won the Jazz Journalists Association ‘Player of the Year Award’. After his Grammy win, Maret embarked on a two-year tour with the worldclass bassist Marcus Miller and subsequently joined Herbie Hancock’s band. Following his time with Herbie Hancock, he co-led the jazz trio Gaïa with pianist Federico Gonzales Peña and drummer Gene Lake. He also recorded an album, Scenarios, with Andy Milne in 2007. In 2010, Grégoire Maret played at The Concert for the Rainforest with Elton John and Sting.

Grégoire Maret, 2012[edit]

Gregoire Maret Album Cover.jpg

On March 13, 2012 Maret released his first album as a leader.[2] The eponymous album features such notable guests as vocalist Cassandra Wilson, bassist Marcus Miller, guitarist Raul Midón, Mark Kibble and Alvin Chea of Take 6, and the legendary harmonica player Toots Thielemans.

Personnel include Grégoire Maret: harmonica, vocals; Federico G Pena: piano, taicho harp, percussion, vocals; James Genus: electric bass, vocals, acoustic bass; Clarence Penn: drums, vocals; Bashiri Johnson and Mino Cinelu: percussion; Brandon Ross: soprano acoustic guitar, 6-and-12 string acoustic guitar; Jean-Christophe Maillard: acoustic guitar, taicho harp; Jeff "Tain" Watts: drums; Alfredo Mojica: percussion; Cassandra Wilson: vocals; Stephanie Decailet: violin; Johannes Rose: viola; Fabrice Loyal: cello; Marcus Miller: fretless bass; Janelle Gill, Adia Gill, Clyde Gill, Micai Gill: vocals; Toots Thielemans: harmonica; Robert Kubiszyn: acoustic bass; Krzysztof Herdzin: string arrangement; Gretchen Parlato: voice. Soumas Heritage School of Music Ensemble; Polish orchestra Sinfonia Viva.

All songs written and composed by Grégoire Maret and Federico Gonzalez Pena, unless otherwise noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Lucilla's Dream"   4:56
2. "The Secret Life Of Plants (S. Wonder)"   4:48
3. "The Man I Love (feat. Cassandra Wilson) (G. Gershwin)"   4:57
4. "Travels (P. Metheny)"   4:55
5. "Crepuscule Suite: 5:37 PM (Intro)"   1:37
6. "Crepuscule Suite: Crepuscule (feat. Marcus Miller)"   7:14
7. "Crepuscule Suite: 4:28 AM (Outro)"   2:48
8. "Manha Du Sol (feat. Raul Midón & Tami Samantha Hayes)"   5:49
9. "Prayer (feat. Mark Kibble & Alvin Chea of Take 6)"   7:59
10. "Lembra De Mim (I. Lins)"   4:28
11. "Children's Suite: The Womb"   1:01
12. "Children's Suite: Children's Song"   6:30
13. "Children's Suite: Outro"   6:16
14. "O Amor E O Meu Pais (feat. Toots Thielemans) (I. Lins)"   6:12
15. "Ponta De Areia (M. Nascimento)"   3:38
Total length:
1:13:08

Discography as a Leader or Co-Leader[edit]

Year Album Artist Label
2007 Scenarios Andy Milne & Grégoire Maret ObliqSound
2012 Grégoire Maret Grégoire Maret eOne Music

Discography as a Sideman or Guest[edit]

Album Artist Year
Echo Alyssa Graham 2008
Haunted Love Andrés Garcia & The Ghost 2011
New Age Of Aquarius Andy Milne's Cosmic Dapp Theory 1999
Someone To Tell Ari Hest 2004
Far From Home Beat Kaestli 2009
Bebel Gilberto Bebel Gilberto 2004
Carnets de bord Bernard Lavilliers 2005
Rock Island Bethany Yarrow 2003
Costume Brandon Ross 2004
You've Never Seen Everything Bruce Cockburn 2003
El Hombre Carlos "Patato" Valdes 2005
Glamoured Cassandra Wilson 2003
Thunderbird Cassandra Wilson 2006
Right Now Move Charlie Hunter Quintet 2003
Songs In The Key Of New York Clare & Jeremy 2009
The Movie Clare & the Reasons 2007
Y'all Just Don't Know Dapp Theory 2003
Huge in Japan Dario Boente 2006
Inside David Sanborn 1999
Tales of The Stuttering Mime Eric Revis 2004
The Voice Within Fabio Morgera 2004
Inner Dance Fabrizio Sotti 2010
Side-By-Side Francis Jacob 2006
All In That Sky Gabriele Donati 2003
Irreplaceable George Benson 2004
Hugmars Hugh Marsh 2006
What It Is Jacky Terrasson 1999
A Paris Jacky Terrasson 2001
Push Jacky Terrasson 2010
Mystery To Me Janek Gwizdala 2004
Bar Talk Jeff "Tain" Watts 2002
Holding Back The Years Jimmy Scott 1998
Mood Indigo Jimmy Scott 2000
Moonglow Jimmy Scott 2003
Over The Rainbow Jimmy Scott 2001
Brazilian Dreamin' Joe Beck Trio 2006
One Foot In The Swamp John Ellis 2005
Puppet Mischief John Ellis and Double-Wide 2010
The Eleventh Hour Johnathan Blake 2012
Triptych Justin Vasquez 2009
Nightmoves Kurt Elling 2007
Be the True Revolution Kyra Gaunt 2007
The Simple Life Leon Parker 2001
Virgin Forest Lionel Loueke 2006
It Doesn't Matter Lou Watson 2003
Highest Praise MANIFEST 2011
Marcus Marcus Miller 2008
Silver Rain Marcus Miller 2005
Wolno Marek Napiórkowski 2007
Shapeshifter Matthew Garrison 2004
Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape Meshell Ndegeocello 2002
The Spirit Music Jamia: Dance of the Infidel Meshell Ndegeocello 2005
In The Middle Of It All In The Middle Of It All 2009
Who Let the Cats Out? Mike Stern 2006
2 Nega 2007
Orchestre de Chambre Miniature, Vol. 1 Olivier Manchon 2010
Remember Their Innocence Onaje Allan Gumbs 2005
Piano Man Philippe Saisse 2007
The Way Up Pat Metheny Group 2005
State of Mind Raul Midón 2005
The Ten Shades Of Blues Richard Bona 2009
Architect of the Silent Moment Scott Colley 2007
The Search Within Sean Jones 2009
Make Someone Happy Sophie Milman 2007
Freewheel Stade 2009
Lucidarium Steve Coleman and Five Elements 2004
The Ascension to Light Steve Coleman and Five Elements 2001
More to Say Terri Lyne Carrington 2009
Chasing Shadows Tony Grey 2008
And Friends Veit Hübner 2002
Native Lands Will Calhoun 2005
Crossing Jordan Soundtrack various artists 2003
A Tribute to Joni Mitchell various artists 2007

References[edit]

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