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J.J. Milteau "L’Homme à l’harmonica", Grand Prix Jazz de la Sacem

TELERAMA
- "... Swinging, throbbing, pulsating, boogieing music at its very best"

L’HUMANITÉ
- "The roots of the blues, the swing of Jazz and the energy of Rock"

JAZZMAN
- "... JJ Milteau fell into the blues like others fall in love "

LE MONDE
- "Milteau is a true creative force, an essential part of today’s sound..."

FRANCE SOIR
- "One of the most awesome blues musicians of today"

L’EXPRESS
- « A superlative player »

LE FIGAROSCOPE
- « A musical hobo, a tremendous harp player who rides the blinds of blues, jazz and rock music with innate poetic sharpness»

LIBÉRATION
- « The top French harp player… A crowd pleaser with his lightning quick blues playing »

LA TERRASSE
- « A well-respected blues musician and a peerless virtuoso, Milteau is also a warm showman and a stage wizard »

LE PARISIEN
- « JJ Milteau, the reigning king of harmonica in France, is a rooted blues warrior and a breathtaking virtuoso »

NOVA MAGAZINE
- « This dedicated blues player makes love to his harmonica with unmatched passion and gusto »

They said about "Consideration

L’EXPRESS
- "The French harmonica player, one the leading masters of his instrument in the blues world, has just released a new album, the superlative “Consideration.”

TELERAMA
- "This remarkable tribute to soul and blues is a bottomless well of feeling"

BLUES MAGAZINE
- "A perfectly balanced album that brings music to new heights. Truly superb!"

JAZZ MAGAZINE
- "The attention given to subtle atmospheres and rich vocal harmonies makes for a different kind of intimate soul-folk"

LE MOUV’
- "With its superior vocals, this humble, transparent and meticulous set is a global album"

JAZZ NEWS
- "The blues has seldom sounded as palpable, with the added pleasure of music sharing and the artlessness of rolling good times"

BCR La Revue
- "A maelstrom of feeling that will make your head spin"

TRAD MAGAZINE
- "Cutting edge solos, mesmerizing riffs, old-time blues recreations, intelligent covers, finely crafted harmonies and a huge dose of feeling are the main ingredients of a great album"

ZICAZIC
- "JJ Milteau and his cohorts spare no effect, giving free reign to their natural talent. A rich melting pot of styles, sounds, and generosity"

BASSISTE MAGAZINE
- "The rootsiest of roots albums"

LION’s Club Magazine
- "This convincing exploration of the roots of jazz lives up to its title, offering the listener a solid dose of respect and honesty"

 

They said about  "Soul conversation"  

LE FIGARO
- “Music in its purest form… A funk soul gem highlighted by the presence of two superlative vocalists… Simple and brilliant…”

JAZZ MAGAZINE
- “…The charm of authentic soul music at its melodic and feverish best”

LE MONDE
- “A rock-solid album traveling the blues and soul highway”

L’EXPRESS
- “JJ Milteau is the unrivaled master of the harmonica”

JAZZMAN
- “The ultimate blues recording”

LE NOUVEL OBS
- “This album showcases fine revampings of blues, soul and rock standards”

AVANTAGES
- “The leading French harmonica player gives us his very best on this blues-soul offering”

A NOUS PARIS
- “Listening to this sensuous blues album, you can almost feel the humid air of the Delta caressing your skin”

20 MINUTES
- “A great vintage that will only get better with each passing year”

BLUES AGAIN
- “Brimming with talent and generosity, the latest recording of this ace player is another major milestone in a superlative career”

PARISCOPE
- “This well-oiled Soul Conversation is a marvel of consistency and virtuosity”

LA DÉPÊCHE DU MIDI
- “A true gem, first-rate recordings by mesmerizing artists anxious to share their art with others. A must”

ABS MAGAZINE
- “This outstanding project is the result of exceptional teamwork and craftsmanship, placed under the unifying powers of JJ Milteau”

MUSIC STORY
- “Today’s blues at its very best, perfectly served by the generosity of a truly inventive, lyrical player. ‘Soul Conversation’ is the work of a well-matured artist”

 

They said about "Live, Hot n’Blue"  

JAZZMAN
- « The impeccable playing of this harp master is perfectly balanced as always, with plenty of fire, delicacy and excitement to boot... »

JAZZ HOT
- « A superior showman... this live recording is culled from a set of superb concerts in which Milteau displays fire, intelligence, virtuosity and sheer elegance. Lively, deep and refined music that will appeal to all »

L’EXPRESS
- « A live set exuding amazing stage energy »

20 MINUTES
- « ... lively and warm »

VIRGIN HEBDO
- « A must!

SOUL BAG
- « J.J. and his dream team present an ideal show. Swing and emotion, superior harp playing, fine singing and real gutbucket blues... »

BLUES MAGAZINE
- « An exceptional live set where blues and soul create the perfect mix »

BCR
- « J.J. naturally adds serenity to modesty, virtuosity to humility, never once losing touch with the blues »

BLUESBOARDER
- « The blues falls down like hail on mesmerized audiences, making us regret we weren’t there. Playing a lowdown harmonica with typical zest, J.J. is lifted up to higher planes by a swinging band. We want more! »

 

What they wrote about "Fragile"  

LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR
- « From the first few notes, you are there. In the heart of the blues. JJ blows and grooves with a lazy feeling that speaks for itself… This man is the Ben Webster of the Mississippi saxophone… We owe him big R-E-S-P-E-C-T. »

LA DÉPÊCHE
- « There’s more than just blues here, more than the incredibly lustful breath coming out of the harp. This is pure art, you’ll wear out your CD listening to it. »

SOUL BAG
- « It’s hard to choose between the haunting instrumentals and the superb vocal tracks on this one. This album confirms that JJ Milteau has his own sound. »

LA CROIX
- « These tracks are preciously fragile. They’re as brittle as the life Milteau breathes into his harmonica, as strong as the passion that inspired them. An album you won’t ever get tired of. »

FRANCE SOIR
- « Milteau blows with his heart. »

BCR La Revue Blues, Country Rock/Roll
- « Milteau has a surprisingly sober way of transporting us to an unsuspected world of groove and feeling. »

What they wrote about the SHOW…

LE MONDE
- « A brilliant show, bluesy with a touch of rock, bright, sober and groovy. »

LE FIGARO
- « Incredibly soulful when he tackles slow blues, breathtaking when he performs uptempo numbers, JJ has an unrelenting way of playing out his soul. The man’s music is nothing but grace and harmony. »

L’HUMANITÉ
- « Milteau plays a blues that’s forceful and fiery, thrilling and purposeful. »

 

They said about  "Blue 3rd"  

JAZZMAN
- « This new record finds Milteau as inspired and convincing as ever… Great songs, fine melodies in a whirlwind of sounds and sensations”

FRANCE SOIR
- « Milteau, a great among the greats, dedicates his luminous playing and modest personality to the making of an intimate, harmonically blue album »

OUEST FRANCE
- « Milteau’s masterful harp guides us through an emotional album ripe with blues and jazz fragrances, as timeless ballads and brilliant instrumentals vie for the listener’s attention »

L’EXPRESS
- « Blue 3rd is JJ Milteau’s best album so far. A formidable mixture of rhythms, sounds and styles, wonderfully served by JJ’s tasteful harp playing. »

LE MONDE
- « JJ’s version of "Home is where the hatred is", complete with Gil Scott-Heron’s overwhelming vocals, is a true masterpiece of the new millennium, no less »

METRO
- « A glorious record …An intoxating dialogue between vocal and instrumental sounds… Milteau’s best album so far »

JAZZ MAGAZINE
- « The bluest of French harmonica players pays a vibrant tribute to Afro-American music as a whole. Intimate feelings and inspired compositions. An overwhelming success »

SOUL BAG
- « Warm, swinging, intimate music. A highly personal, fascinating album »

BLUES MAGAZINE
- « Drawing freely from his blues roots, JJ recorded a euphonic set ripe with tuneful instrumentals. Gorgeous melodies and fine songs enhanced by a poetic setting not unworthy of the blaxploitation movies of old »

BLUES & CO
- « Milteau is the Albert Einstein of the blues… The king of groove has never been in finer form, musically and spiritually. Blue 3rd is a superlative collection of soulful blues pearls, tastefully played by an unequalled master of the harmonica. Enjoy! »

 

They said about "Memphis"

- “Victoire de la Musique” for Best Blues Album “Choc de l’année” Jazzman magazine “Indispensable” Jazz Hot

SOUL BAG
- « A superlative soul-blues offering, both traditional and bold »

VIRGIN MEGAPRESSE
- « A groovy set not to be missed »

JAZZ HOT
- « A thrilling album by a masterful player »

LE FIGARO
- « A superb voyage in blues and soul land »

L’EXPRESS
- « A well-balanced repertoire encompassing classics and new compositions with much cleverness, and the blessing of top US players»

LIBÉRATION
- « Today’s blues at its best »

L’HUMANITÉ
- « A preciously warm record »

LE MONDE
- « Milteau’s finest and most rewarding recording so far »

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