The new project of Stephane Ronget, the half of Metropolitan Jazz Affair (MJA), who released two albums and sold over 15 000 albums worldwide....Stéphane chose to continue his musical experiments by creating “The RONGETZ Foundation”. RONGETZ’s spirit of musical adventure and the skill of its artistic director Antoine Rajon quickly made it stand out on the traditional French scene.
“One Leg Dancer” is more than just an album; it is also a project with a fresh feel to it that is created by the timbre of the compositions and the sense of freedom that surged through jazz at the end of the 60s and beginning of the 70s.
The best way to describe this offering of organic musical magma would be a touch of Miles Davis, a little François Truffaud, a hint of “je ne sais quoi” and a few notes on the stylophone to dirty things up a bit.
Original compositions rub shoulders with covers like “Spiritual” (J. Coltrane) or “East” (the first known cover since the guitarist P. Martino’s original version in 1968 on the Prestige label and the singer Billy Paul’s version on the “East” album), which broadens the project’s musical spectrum into the territory of “boulageul” voodoo chants!
The album was intended and designed with unity of time and space in mind - to preserve the tracks’ spontaneity, they were not rehearsed before recording and there were only two takes per track at the most. The quality of the musicians was therefore crucial.
Stéphane Ronget composed and arranged the music. He is also to be heard on trumpet, stylophone and vocals. For this album, he chose to surround himself with talented friends of his as well as well-known musicians.