Tennerz: Jephté Guillaume presents Sean Schulich – The World Is A Ghetto (Tet Kale Ghetto Main) (Tet Kale Records / Platinum Keys Records.LLC)
Here we go with a monument from the early 70’s. The title track from War‘s 5th album, ‘The World Is A Ghetto’ saw the light at a period when progressive Black music was Pop. At a time when one could hear Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield or Stevie Wonder singin’ about inner-city realities on Rock stations. And even though our environment has drastically changed since then, ‘The World Is A Ghetto’ seems to always catch the interest of successive generations of artists. From Ahmad Jamal back in 1973. To George Benson 4 years after. Not to mention Will Downing, whose version received the remixing treatment courtesy of Frankie Knuckles and David Morales in 1991…
Now, 45 years after its release, this gem gets back to the light. And the magic remains the same. Haitian producer Jephté Guillaume joinin’ forces with flautist Sean Schulich to bring us to cosmic territories. Meanwhile blending deep, Afro and jazzy influences over a funky driven rhythm pattern.
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– Hailing from Woodstock, NY, Sean Schulich has never missed an opportunity to express his versatility. Displaying his passion for all flavors of music including Reggae, Funk, Rock and Hip-Hop. Earning his Masters from Yale, he won Artists International, selling out on his debut at Carnegie Weill Hall. Then a Sony Jazz competition along with fusion group Alpha Mosaic which he co-founded.
An in-demand flute player, Sean Schulich has performed in events and places such as the Jazz Fest in New Orleans and The LMint in L.A. Not to mention the Brooklyn Bowl, the Bowery Ballroom and the Blue Note in NYC. Playing with people like the Funky Meters, Bernie Worrell and Meshell Ndegeocello to name but a few. With his latest collab being with Jephté Guillaume on a cover version of War’s ‘The World Is A Ghetto’.
Sean‘s playing is described as “audacious” and “staggering” by jazzreview.com.
– Jephté Guillaume has been for much on the burgeoning organic direction of Deep House during the late ’90s. Gathering influences from Disco to Jazz/Funk and Brazilian Jazz. He was not just a DJ / Producer / Vocalist. But also an in-demand multi-instrumentalist around New York’s Hip-hop, Acid Jazz and World Music scene since the early ’90s.
Born in Haiti, Guillaume moved to New York as a child, along with his family. He began playing at an early age, reaching for the bass. Meanwhile his brother Donald (The Fugees drummer) worked on drums.
By the beginning of the ’90s, the two began recording with Haitian music group Rara Machine on Shanachie Records. Eventually opening up for the Rolling Stones Vodou Lounge tour. Guillaume also played with post-Bop Acid Jazz group Abstract Truth and multi-platinum artist Wyclef Jean. But also Groove Theory, Destiny’s Child and Jermaine Jackson to name just a few.
Jephté has forged his unique signature while combining acoustic grooves with fierce electronic drive (the Tet Kale Sound). Eventually forwarding the vibe on his mix sets around the world.
He began recording on his own and released his debut single, ‘Onè Respè’, back in 1994 on Metropolitan. By 1997, ‘The Prayer’ brought Joe Claussell‘s Spiritual Life Music label international accolades. Becoming a massive underground House hit. Driven by deep Afro-Haitian-Latin vibes, acoustic guitar, flute and Guillaume‘s own vocals.
Hot on its heels came a series of recordings in the same vein for Spiritual Life. From ‘Kanpé’ to ‘Al Di Yo’, ‘Lakou-A’ and ‘Ibo Lele’. Each of them balancing Guillaume‘s knowledge of Caribbean grooves with the increasingly organic feel of New York House. Something which Joe Claussell, François K and Danny Krivit brought to vivid success during their memorable Body & Soul parties.
Jephté‘s debut album, ‘Voyage of Dreams’ appeared on Chrysalis Records in 1998 and Avex Records in Japan. Since then, he has delivered countless extra gems. From ‘Rhythm Of The Rain’ along with Jean-Claude Lamarre to ‘Papa Loko’ with Erol Josué. Not to mention the stellar ‘Blue And Deep’ with German Opera singer Wiltrud Weber back in 2008. A cut which was to become the title track of his album of the likes 3 years later.
Also worth the mention, Wesley Alexander‘s ‘Falling For You’ which Jephté released on his Tet Kale Records label back in 2002.