The fabulous American adventure of the Marquis de Lafayette (1757 - 1834) between 1775 and 1783 provided the material that inspired this album and brought us the backing of the Mid-Altantic Arts Foundation in the context of the FAJE program (French American Jazz Exchange). Lafayette is not just the historical figure who best symbolizes the French-American friendship ; through his combat for freedom, his audacity and his spirit, he illustrates the qualities that have always driven jazz musicians.
I suggested to Walter that we write a suite in ten chapters together that would retrace this destiny. The themes I chose are characters, places and important events that took place during the eight years of Lafayette’s engagement alongside the American Insurgents. They are presented here in chronological order. Walter’s compositions alternate systematically with mine, and I wanted them to follow each other as closely as possible to reinforce the narrative effect.
To join us in this adventure, I called the same rhythm section that already recorded Eight Fragments of Summer.