In Extremis


By Laurent Valéro – Broadcaster of various shows on France Musique
“If a song is ‘a hummingbird perched on the great wall of sound’, as Nougaro once sang to a tune by Michel Legrand, then the singer and vocalist Clotilde Rullaud is one such beautiful creature. Her nimble mezzo voice is deep and swinging, seemingly rising from some faraway place, like the essence of the soul’s breath, a pure necessity to sing.

This young artist is very much of her time; in her programme you will find none of those popular standards so dear to the music merchants. For quite apart from her own original compositions, this is a journey where Bill Evans meets Gainsbourg, Piazzolla comes before Monk, and Sting rubs shoulders with Duruflé or Baden Powell. Clotilde shows great refinement in her choice of repertoire, while her voice, like Ariane’s thread, links these seemingly disparate musical worlds together in a coherent way.
But this is more than comfortable eclecticism, for Clotilde and her musicians have no difficulty in crossing from one riverbank to another, from tender bossa nova to furious funk, or from a lazy milonga to an African beat; there is even a little chanson française. So a special mention is due to Olivier Hutman (piano/keyboards), Dano Haider (guitar/bass) and Antoine Paganotti (drums/percussion), who weave an elegant musical weft around her voice, without being either decorous or demonstrative.

This is sensual chamber music that never takes itself too seriously, a record that is all about jazz, that enchanting melting pot of popular musical traditions. Therein lies, perhaps, the meaning of the album’s title, In Extremis.
For although these extremes may never meet, they do acknowledge each other, breaking down borders and letting the music wander free…but along a tightrope! And that, quite simply is what Clotilde’s path, her voice, is all about. A passion is born, and it’s time we listened to it.”


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Rewards :
#5 NPR annual Jazz critics poll 2013 – Debut album category (USA)
#5 CMJ Week 1300 Top Adds 2013 (USA)
#5 Best Album Jazz music category 2011 by the SundayTimes (UK)
‘Pick of the week’ on FIP radio show on France Musique 2011 (FR)
TT – Télérama 2011 (FR)

“Clotilde Rullaud combines the laid-back hipness of a Helen Merrill or a Sheila Jordan with the kind of emotional interpretation of lyrics that one normally associates with rock or folk singers—yet her phrasing is pure jazz.”
Lynn René Bayley – Fanfare Magazine (USA)

“She seems not to beam her ‘vocalastics’ through the electronics of a modern microphone, but rather through a gigantic prism that in turn rotates on an imaginary axis, controlled it would appear, by the power of her will.”
Raul da Gama – Latin Jazz Network (CA)

“Clotilde Rullaud’s In Extremis is a nice dose of progressive jazz based stuff that escaped from the church basement and took on a life of it’s own.  Fuelled by several levels of musical freedom, this wide ranging, ear opening date is a real treat for anyone looking for some vocal work that stretches well beyond the ordinary.”
Chris Spector – Midwest Record – Lake Zurich IL, (USA)

“Her tastes are strikingly eclectic. And she has the technique and imagination to hold all the myriad influences together. Her rich, deep timbre is a thing of beauty.” (**** & #5 Best Jazz albums 2011)
Clive Davis – The Sunday Times (UK)

“The tension between Rullaud’s disciplined but free-sprited incanting and the band’s exquisite settings is the real attraction and lies far more in the aesthetic than the entertaining.”
Mark S. Tucker – Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange (USA) 

“Her true purpose: challenging both song and voice in order to reach their full expression.”
Obari Toshio – JazzCritics (JP)

“A bit like Nougaro (indeed African Sketches recalls the Toulouse singer’s Locomotive d’Or), it is the marriage of words and texts (often poetic) with the music that interests the singer above all. An original and successful album for all those who like their jazz a little differently.”
Philippe Vincent – Jazzman-Jazzmag (FR) 

“This original and experienced singer is a real discovery. This eclectic lady reveals her voice and talent on tunes by Monk, Gainsbourg, Bill Evans, Sting, Piazzolla and Duruflé. She is clearly having fun, and so are we.” (TT)
Michel Contat – Télérama (FR)

“The freedom, intensity and precision of the arrangements and the interpretation, the richness of the worlds so passionately explored, make In Extremis a brilliant, audacious and unique album everyone should listen to.” (Pick of the week)
Jazz à FIP – France Musique (FR) 

Line up
Clotilde Rullaud : Vocals, flute, backing vocals
Dano Haider : 7-strings guitar, bass
Olivier Hutman : Piano, keyboards
Antoine Paganotti : Drums, backing vocals

Guests on the album :
Hugo Lippi : acoustic guitar on La bahiana
Sébastien Llado : trombone on This is it

Recording engineer : Christophe Hauser assisted by François Kerjean, Studio Davout, Paris (July 2009)
Mixing engineer : Jean-Paul Gonnod, assisted by Thomas Longuefosse, Studio Meudon, Meudon (June 2010)
Mastering engineer : Rodolphe Plisson, Studio AVRM, Suresnes (October 2010)
Art-work : Bérangère Lallemant
Photography : Cécil Mathieu –

© & ℗ : Tzig’Art – Clotilde Rullaud

This album has been produced with the support of ‘ADAMI’.
Catalog number : TZIG141261 – Label code : LC 24795 – Barcode : 3760061141261
Distributor : New Arts International (Benelux, France, Germany, UK), Albany Record (USA), Disk-Union (Japan), Harmonia Mundi (Switzerland), EOS (Australia), Nuusound (China & Taïwan)

Release dates :
Digital : 9th February 2011 (L’Autre Distribution – Worldwide) – March 2014 (Nuusound – China & Taïwan)
Physical : 25th February 2011 (Codaex – France) // May 2011 (Codaex – UK) // November 2011 (Codaex – Benelux) // February 2012 (Challenge-Germany) // March 2012 (Disk-Union – Japan) // November 2012 (AlbanyRecords – USA) // September 2013 (EOS – Australie)