The third album by bass player Antoine Fafard will be released on CD and digitally on October 15th, 2014.
The album features drumming legend Vinnie Colaiuta (Jeff Beck, Chick Corea, Sting, Frank Zappa) and guitarist extraordinaire Jerry De Villiers Jr.
Vinnie Colaiuta and Jerry De Villiers Jr were involved in the Ad Perpetuum project from its inception. A two-day session booked with Vinnie for January 2014 provided the deadline for writing the material, giving Antoine a three-month window to compose all the pieces for the album. This was the first time that Antoine had been challenged to meet a specific deadline for a personal project.
Colaiuta’s drum tracks on this album were produced by the great Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets, Allan Holdsworth) and recorded at Stagg Street Studio in Los Angeles.
Additional guests include keyboardist Gerry Etkins on three songs and saxophonist Jean-Pierre Zanella on another three tracks. Another significant contribution comes from Gary Husband, who features on the intense drum duet D-Day.
Antoine started to write and record his own music in the mid-1990s, and began to release his work in 2000. After six albums with his band Spaced Out, Antoine launched Solus Operandi, his first album under his own name, in 2011. Solus Operandi defined Antoine’s new approach, which broke all limitations of orchestration, performance and collaboration. His 2013 album Occultus Tramitis featured an impressive roster of collaborators that included some of the most significant musicians from the jazz fusion world including Terry Bozzio, Jerry Goodman, Gavin Harrison, Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Chad Wackerman and Dave Weckl.
Ad Perpetuum includes a total of ten tracks and close to an hour of music. The music on the album encompasses a broad spectrum of grooves and atmospheres. A conscious effort was made to offer a multitude of tempos, time signatures, structures and harmonic variations in order to showcase the virtuosity of the players. De Villiers Jr’s incredible guitar playing and tone brings a deep vitality to the music, while Colaiuta’s playing is simply flawless.
Ad Perpetuum is a collection that is worth deep exploration. A mini-documentary on the making of the album is available on antoinefafard.com.