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THE Bobby Few Quintet

The Bobby Few Quintet, composed of Harry Swift on double bass, Rasul Siddik on trumpet, Jon Handelsman on saxophones and clarinet and Ichiro Onoé on drums is, according to Bobby Few, his most accomplished group yet. Like their leader, all the members of the Bobby Few Quintet compose and participate in the elaboration of the repertoire.

Harry Swift’s powerful and spellbinding phrasing, the incandescent poetry of Rasul Siddik’s trumpet, the voluptuous and intimist lyricism

of Jon Handelsman and Ichiro Onoé’s inventive drumming create a sound palette expressing with brio Bobby Few’s multiform and multicoloured universe.

The strength, togetherness and warm complicity uniting these

five men flow like a river. If one adds Bobby Few’s natural charisma,

this warmth naturally transpires in their music.

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Double Bass

Harry Swift was born in 1948 in Leeds, England. At the age of 15, he discovered the music of Charles Mingus and from then on he devoted himself to the double bass absorbing such a rich diversity of influences as Mingus, Richard Davis, Israel Crosby and Milton Hinton.

Based in Paris since 1980, Harry Swift has studied the double bass with, among others, Jacques Cazauran and François Rabbath.

He has worked with numerous American musicians such as Joe Lee Wilson, Annette Lowman, Steve Lacy, Kirk Lightsey, Mal Waldron and Bill Hardman.

He has performed regularly since 1985 in a variety of contexts: duo, trio with Noel McGhie, with saxophonist Byron Pope and the Bobby Few Explosions Project (with Rassul Siddik and Ricky Ford).

In 1995, Harry Swift formed a highly successful trio with Jean-Claude Montredon on drums and Jon Handelsman on saxophones.

Current projects include recordings with Bobby Few and Brazilian pianist Maria-Ines Guimaraes with whom he has worked since 1992.

In 2002, he record « Let It rain » with the bobby Few Quintet.

In 2003, he record with the Handelsman, Montredon, Swift trio and also with the Brazilian pianist, Maria Ines Guimaraes, with whom he has worked since 1992.

In 2004, he record with the Bobby Few Quintet and the Noah Howard Quartet.

Current activities include concerts with the Bobby Few Quintet and trio, the Noah Howard Quartet and the Sunny Murray trio.


Ichiro Onoé


Ichiro was born in Tokyo and started playing at age 11 listening to Coltrane, Miles Davis or Burt Bacharach. At age 16, he started taking drum lessons. Then he joined the so called “fusion” era.

In 1980, he entered the Berklee College of Music and studied with Dean Anderson and Bob Kolfman. After he graduated in 1983, he moved to London where he played in clubs.


He toured France with Gildas Boclé’s group in 1984. Then he went back to Japan and worked for a JVC artist, Yasuko Agawa, for 12 years performing and doing TV shows giving him the opportunity to play with people like Ron Carter and Nick Decaro to name a few.

Ishiro now lives in France. He appeared in Paris, for the first time, at the Sunset jazz club with the Olivier Ker Ourio’s group and performed in many festivals in France.


Jon Handelsman


John Handelsman was born in New York in 1952 and moved to England at the age of 11. He studied piano, clarinet and guitar, and eventually changed to saxophone when he was 20 on the advice of members of Chris MacGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, who were living in the same house. They took him along to free jazz jam sessions in London, and he also played several concerts with John Stevens’ Spontaneous Music Ensemble.

After a year travelling in India, he returned to London and started playing with various formations, and became more and more interested in composition. During this period, he was featured on a Kevin Godley and Lol Crème LP called “L”. Eventually, he returned to the US and studied jazz composition and arranging at Berklee School of Music in Boston and left with a diploma after 4 years.

He moved to France in 1982 and started his own band, Dédé Sunbeam, a quintet featuring Harry Swift and Andrew Crocker which toured Holland several times, and played at festivals around Europe. He also played with Alan Silva’s Celestrial Orchestra and Joe Lee Wilson’s large formation.

In 1989, he arranged the horns and strings for Arthur H, a young French singer and continued to collaborate with him on 3 other recordings, and toured in Japan, Africa and Québec with the group. He was a founding member of the Cabaret Sauvage, writing most of the music for the show. He has participated in many projects in the various Parisian musical worlds such as pop, African, jazz, etc.

Lately, he has been working with Manu Dibango, writing the horns and some strings for his Maraboutique Project and playing with the band.


Rasul Siddik


Born in St-Louis, Siddik first heard Miles Davis when he was six years old.

That was the day he knew he wanted to play trumpet. The young boy was studying the instrument by the time he was ten and was already influenced by Lee Morgan, John Coltrane as well as Miles and others.

In the early sixties, his exposure to the Black Artist Group (BAG) began to shape Siddik’s musical concepts. Meeting musicians like Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, Joseph Bowie, Baïkida Carroll and John Hicks was one more step in a lifelong learning process.

The apprenticeship continued when the young man moved to Chicago and enrolled as a music student in Malcom X College. While a student, Siddik was also a working musician, going on the road with the EMOTIONS soul group, appearing on the same stage as The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Bluenotes and other headliners.

During this period, he was involved with AACM (Association For the Advancement of Creative Musicians), co-leading the Black Artist Group of Chicago. The Chicago experience further stretched Siddik’s creativity as he often performed with Joseph Jarman, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill and other demanding artists.

One of the fruits of these many collaborations was the formation of the Now!Sextet with drummer Tani Taball. In 1975, Siddik moved to the West Coast where the Now!Artet??? was born. Despite his work with other groups – such as The Watts Towers Creative Musicians –most of Siddik’s attention was given to the Now! Formation which soon included James Lewis and Ghasem Batamuntu. Playing in many clubs and festivals, they attracted a great deal of attention among the public and players alike.

By 1979, Rasul Siddik was living the life of a commuting artist, playing and recording in Europe and the USA with the St-Louis Creative Ensemble and Defunkt. The travel schedule became even more complex as he added constant trips to New York playing with the Henry Treadgill Sextet, David Murray’s formations, Michele Roseman’s New Yoruba, John Hicks’ bands, only to name a few.

By 1986, he moved to New York where he added recording dates and tours with Lester Bowie, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill and the playwright Ntzake Shange.

After a tour in France for the Banlieues Bleues Festival, Rasul decided to stay in Paris and reunite the Now!Artet. While living in Europe, Siddick has been working with Arshie Shepp, Kirk Lightsey, Katy Roberts , Sunny Murray, Joe Lee Wilson and Steve Mac Craven group “Black Studies”.

He also formed a new group “The Power Trio” with the bassist James Lewis and the amazing drummer Oliver Johnson.





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