Now, saxophonist Thomas Champagne is building his own house – Random House – and is moving in together with Guillaume Vierset (guitar), Ruben Lamon (bass) and Alain Deval (drums). And while the four of them are currently busy with reconstruction and renovation works, the first blueprint of the final design is now ready. And it’s name is ‘Sweet Day’. Listen closely and you’ll hear the influence of other great exemplars such as Lee Konitz and Wayne Shorter. But also a vision that goes beyond that of a traditional design. With clever nods to contemporary architects of the New York school such as Ralph Alessi, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Nasheet Waits, the four attempt to erect a more classical structure with modernist leanings and a few colourful yet unexpected twists.
Works are still under construction. And only time will tell in which direction things will go. As with Chris Ware’s graphic novel ‘Building Stories’, only the building blocks are present and every combination leads to a different outcome. ‘Sweet Day’ shares the same characteristics. Depending on your mood, where you listen and with whom, you’ll discover new elements and new possibilities every time you play it.
Random House has the potential to achieve the same notoriety as other famous addresses such as ‘461 Ocean Boulevard’, ‘Penny Lane’, the corner of Hollywood & Vine, ‘52nd Street’ and Avenue C, as once frequented by Count Basie.
Text by Georges Tonla Briquet