- SimpleThings4Fun : Henri Roger
- Courants de loques et de vents : Jean-Marc Foussat and Henri Roger
- I Burtuoni : Marcel Bataillard and Henri Roger
- Free Vertical Compositions : Henri Roger
- Mourim : Jean-Baptiste Boussougou and Henri Roger
- Géographies des transitoires : Jean-Marc Foussat and Henri Roger
- Speed : Noël Akchoté and Henri Roger
- Shlouwarpch ! : Augustin Brousseloux and Henri Roger
- Siderrances : : Noël Akchoté and Henri Roger
- Sunbathing Underwater : Henri Roger piano solo
- Parce Que ! : Eric-Maria Couturier, Emmanuelle Somer, Henri Roger, Bruno Tocanne
- Parole Plongée : : Benjamin Duboc, Didier Lasserre, Henri Roger
- No Meat Inside. : François Cotinaud, Barre Phillips, Henri Roger, Emmanuelle Somer
The album: "No Meat Inside" was born from a meeting at the festival "Jazz sous les bigaradiers" at La Gaude near Nice in November 2012.
Henri Roger (piano) invited Barre Phillips (bass), Emmanuelle Somer (oboe and saxophone melody) and François Cotinaud (tenor saxophone and clarinet) they recorded their improvisations for the Facing You / IMR label.
Distribution by Musea Records.June 2013.
The friendliness of the club So What that welcomed them in a warm crowded atmosphere has its share of responsibility for the inspiration for this noisy, wild, poetic and free performance.
All About Jazz, Eyal Hareuveni. October 2013
This live documentation of an ad-hoc French free improvising quartet was done at the festival Jazz sous les bigaradiers at La Gaude near Nice in November 2012. The friendly atmosphere of the club So What as well as the warm reception of the audience inspired the quartet for this noisy, wild, poetic and free performance.
The quartet is comprised of highly experienced free improvisers : reed players François Cotinaud— who collaborated before with saxophonist Steve Lacy, double bassist Joëlle Léandre and drummer Ramón López— and Emmanuelle Somer— who recorded with musicians from all over the globe, such as cellist Erik Friedlander, drummer Jim Black and sound sculptor Otomo Yoshihide ; innovative double bassist Barre Phillips ; and self-taught musician Henri Roger, who focuses here only on the piano. All four are well-versed in the demanding art of playing and creating in the moment, masters of extended techniques on their instruments and proficient in sculpting sounds into nuanced textures.
The interaction is intense (even in its minimalist articulations) and free flowing from the first note till the last, but never aggressive or muscular. Nothing is obvious and there are no rules or any attempt to draw an easy-to-decipher musical structure, though there are obvious references to chamber jazz, free jazz and contemporary music. There is a bold and uncompromising focus on creating something new that can not be formulated into any conventions or recipes for future performances. A simple meeting of like-minded creative and inventive minds, playing with sounds, colors and feelings.
The interplay is built patiently. At the first moments all four are exploring their own sonic possibilities within the quartet. But later they expand this delicate sonic envelope, even in its most spare or noisy parts of this performance, always sensitive to the others contributions, slowly solidifying their shared sensibilities and languages.
Indeed, a wild and poetic free improvisation.
Jazzword, Ken Waxman, may 2015
Unlike musicians in other European countries who have developed extensive international contacts, most French improvisers are part of an entity unto themselves. Perhaps this relates to a time from the 1950s to the 1980s where expatriated American performers seemed to take up an inordinate amount of space in the French Jazz consciousness. Sadly that means few Gallic free players are known beyond their own borders
All of which is long preamble to question as to why a high-quality session like No Meat Inside, created by a quartet of veteran French-based improvisers, is unknown in North America. Recorded at a festival, the CD’s seven tracks offer up matchless glimpses of a particular brand of French improvisation. The tunes are more animated by the aleatoric discoveries of New music than the legacy of Free Jazz. At the same time it’s hard to only wave the tri-color flag in terms of this session. For a start bassist Barre Phillips is a Yank, but considering he has lived in France for nearly a half-century, describing him as an American is analogous to circa 1940, describing long-exiled Stravinsky as a Russian. Emmanuelle Somer, who plays oboe and C-melody saxophone here, has both French and Dutch citizenship, while tenor saxophonist and clarinetist François Cotinaud plus pianist Henri Roger are both from Monaco. Indicating geographical roots is one thing, but the key to No Meat Inside is that among the four, affiliations range from saxophonists John Surman and Urs Leingruber, to bassist Benjamin Duboc, the Helios Quartet, the Soundpainting Orchestra, the Klangfarben Ensemble, plus drummers “Brat” Oles and Ramon Lopez.
Consequently with this radical confluence of experience and textures, the quartet evolves uncommon affiliations and contrasts. With Phillips’ power pumping and Roger’s jarring note patterns tunes often are built up from the bottom with the horns using extended techniques to keep up. Other times pieces depend on florid expansions from singular ; and still elsewhere novel contrapuntal duos are set up. A piece such as “Ocres’ for instance, attains its polyphonic shape by matching pounding keyboard with reed smears that include wide, early Jazz-like whinnies from the C-melody and focused tenor saxophone reed bites. As the strands intertwine, Roger exposes the pliable thematic line. Profoundly dissimilar is “Friche”, which hints at Bop, with Phillips hammering on his strings as if he emulating Kenny Clarke rather than a bull fiddler and Rogers extending backwards swing motions that distantly relate to Bud Powell. Completely divergent “Tribulations mandibulaires” reverberates as if is a concerto for plastic horns, with spitting peeps and narrow whistles inferring the sounds of penny whistles and kazoos, wrapping up with nasal overblowing and no rhythm section input.
After brainstorming many improvisational scenarios, the last “Ressort”, which actually refers to spring or spirit, sets up double counterpoint between bass pumps and honking saxophone on one hand and vibrated keyboard plinks accompanying a so-called moderato legitimate tone from the clarinetist. As the horn tones lighten and rhythm section become more percussive, the climax is a congenial timbral mixing, limpidly swaying, but with no overt relations to American Jazz, free or otherwise.
- When Bip Bip Sleeps : The Sérieuse Cartoon Improvised Music Quartet
- Exsurgences : Henri Roger piano solo
- Remedios la belle : Henri Roger and Bruno Tocanne
- Imprudenses : Henri Roger piano solo
- Hyperkinezik : Henri Roger piano solo
- Acouphenia : Henri Roger. Electro Improvisations
- In Ze Tower : Henri Roger Home Studio
- Telepatik Jam : Henri Roger Home Studio
- Energies Douces. Rythmigration : Henri Roger. Piano Solo
- Images : Henri Roger. Pôle Records.
- Jazz Rust : Pouaz"rlk
- Une journée anonyme : Duo Rythmigration. Henri Roger and Ismael Robert
- Le son d’une seule main : Duo Rythmigration. Henri Roger and Ismael Robert
- Musique écrite et improvisée du début du XXIè siècle du moyen pays niçois : Compagnie So What
- Muses et modèles, no dogme : Compagnie so what
- L’amour aux nus : Piano and voice duo with Catherine Ribeiro
- Manipulsations : With Paul Rogers, Jean Louis Méchali
STREAMING and DOWNLOADS : : A selection of musics from the albums released by Facing You / IMR, le Petit Label, Believe
VIDEOS DVD "Exsurgences" :