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Maret Puts Jazz Harmonica in the Spotlight

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After years as one of the most in-demand sidemen for jazz (and beyond), jazz harmonica musician Gregoire Maret makes his highly anticipated first statement as a leader with his long-awaited, self-titled debut. Maret has redefined the role of the harmonica in the modern music industry through his work with musicians Elton John, Sting, and Prince, finding fresh pathways through a remarkable variety of styles. The gorgeous, lyrical album opens up a wealth of possibilities for the underutilized jazz harmonica, encompassing the diversity of Maret's influences and experiences to date but retaining a unified sound with accents from jazz, soul, and Brazilian music. "There's a lot about this record that is about my past to where I am now," Maret says. "I wanted to acknowledge not just who I am but how I came to be what I am now." The self-titled album is a symbolic acknowledgement of Maret's decision to make his mark as a solo artist who is putting the jazz harmonica in the spotlight.