daoud | Good Boy | April 12, 2024

Release: April 12, 2024

Bringing together fresh groove-based compositions with an electric live sound captured in a converted French cinema, trumpeter daoud presents a boisterous debut – Good Boy – this April 12th

French trumpeter/arranger/producer daoud has spent most his adult life on the move, homeless in Scotland, working at clubs and seedy funeral parlors when he wasn’t on tour with the likes of China Moses, NoJazz and Pokey Lafarge.

Known for his explosive live performances and powerful compositions, 2023 alone saw daoud perform with internationally renowned artists including Ibrahim Maalouf, Lakecia Benjamin and Erik Truffaz around the world, while his diverse portfolio career includes co-producing #1 records, and publishing several books on trumpet playing and improvisation.

Influenced by contemporary trumpet greats Keyon Harrold and Theo Croker, daoud’s quintet spent two days at the Alhambra studio in Rochefort – an old converted cinema – capturing the ensemble’s daring live sound and groove-based original compositions. With an intense, sarcastic sound, through his debut the trumpeter strives to prove that “you can play “serious music” without taking yourself too seriously”.

Creatively implementing slick modern production‘Good Boy’ draws on neo-soulstoner rock, and psychedelia as well as an atypical lineup featuring synthesizers and vibraphone to craft a colorful palette that is uniquely daoud’s. Extending the ensemble with a series of featured artists, including a lush string quartet, scorching affected electric guitar and lyrically melodic saxophone, the record carries the listener through a number of refreshingly contrasting soundworlds and textures.

Each composition is a musical representation of personal stories and pieces of daoud’s identity‘Ford Focus 1999’ is a love letter to the grooves of his youth, ‘Non Peut-être’ paints imagery of a late night drive through Brussels, and ‘Chloé’ is a cathartic trip back to a teenage breakup, when emotions run higher and wounds cut deeper.

Line up

daoud | Trumpet
Etienne Manchon | Piano, Rhodes, Synths, Hammond B3
Guillaume Prévost | Drums
Félix Robin | Vibraphone
Louis Navarro | Double Bass


Alexandre Galinié | Saxophone
Jeanne Le Goff | Violin
Estelle Besingrand | Cello
Timosha | Guitar

Track Listing

Ford Focus 1999
Ficky Stingers
Partir Un Jour
Terreau Universel 30 L
Who’s A Good Boy (Charlie’s A Good Boy)
Non Peut-être
Quick (Le Restaurant)

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