Born in Senegal, guitarist and composer Herve Samb discovered his passion for music at the age of nine. Fascinated by the traditional rhythms of his heritage and the progressive music of the African American culture, Herve was determined to develop his own music. He started with a quintet that has become very well known in Africa and has shared the stage with stars like Lucky Peterson and McCoy Tyner.
An authentic self-taught man, Herve explored the mysteries of harmony and the technical challenges of his instrument in mad urban jam sessions in Africa before arriving in France in 1998.
He immediately attracted the attention of the Parisian jazz stars and, in the wake, started his international career with the likes of Cheikh Tidiane Seck, David Murray, Pharoah Sanders, Meshell Ndegeocello and Jacques Schwarz-Bart. He also worked with Richard Bohringer and for the past three years he has been the musical director of Lisa Simone, the daughter of Nina Simone. He also is working with Somi, american Jazz singer.
His spirited and incisive play and his eclectic work do wonders in his last three records: the jubilant "Cross Over", the meditative "Kharit" and the epicurean "Time to Feel". And now his new album Teranga a homage for his homeland Senegal.
According to Jazz Magazine, with his last CD Herve Samb assers himself in the 21st century as one of the greatest jazz revelations of a transfigured Africa.
Herve Samb is recording a new album called Teranga that will be released in 2017/18
"Time to Feel is above all a visionary work that digs through the roots of black music in order work them off of each other... With this album Hervé Samb raises the bar high and reveals just what an artist he is, as we've seen with this group in the most respected jazz festivals, leaving a mark that stands out in a thousand, this guitarists is one of the great names that matter... Herve Samb
has so much intelligence and savoir-faire, be it the level of his compositions, arrangements, his acoustic or electric guitar technique, that each title on this album follows one after the other with subtlety and finesse like a string of polished stones."
Mac & Guitare
“We find on Time to Feel all the ingredients that make Hervé Samb one of the African continent’s greatest revelations at the beginning of the twenty-first century: softness and energy of a mega-melodic technique, feline groove, M-Base-influenced meter and circularity, polymorphic sonority encompassing the history of jazz-rock-electro-bop-acoustic, the blues and a transfigured Africa.”
Jazz Magazine, October 2013
- Herve Samb: guitar, vocals
- Pathe Jassi: contrabass, bass
- Alioune Seck: sabar percussions
- Ndiwa Macodou Ndiaye: drums
- Alpha Dieng: vocals