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Dear Uncle Lennie Camille-Alban Spreng, Benjamin Sauzereau, Marco Giongrandi

reference number : J2091
release date : 17/11/2022
Photos : © Micha Morasse


Clip About promises made at funerals

about this album

Dear Uncle Lennie is the new project of pianist and composer Camille-Alban Spreng. A bit like Japanese haiku, each piece in this repertoire for muted piano, guitar and banjo represents an idea, a fantasized story, a furtive image towards a picturesque landscape. The guiding ideas are raw, condensed, and highly evocative. The short pieces follow one another, mixing jazz, folk, and improvised music, and create a mythological fresco whose stories would be told without words, by musical evocation and with the help of the listener's imagination.
How to create tales through music that are as powerful and evocative as those stories we were told by the fire, as children?
This music was guided by the sounds of Marco Giongrandi on banjo and Benjamin Sauzereau on guitar. The piano strings were muted or prepared to match the aesthetic dictated by the unique blend of these two sounds. The writing itself was inspired by stories of the American Civil War, fireside tales, cornfields, and songwriters such as Leonard Cohen, Patrick Watson, Sufjan Stevens...



revue, column, blog

radio, audio


1. About promises made at funerals - 02:35
2. Horses in stables relating battlefield stories - 03:20
3. The exciting night life of harvest mice - 02:50
4. Macha - 02:35
5. Oppresseur / opprimé - 03:18
6. Lennie and George - 02:50
7. Interlude - 00:21
8. Le sourire d’Oscar ne cache pas sa profonde incompréhension du monde - 01:14
9. Souvenir - 02:14
10. Monks singing holy songs in the wild countryside - 03:35
11. Small music box mechanism - 02:13
12. Après un court moment d’inattention, Oscar réalise que tout est perdu - 01:21
13. You left right - 02:15
14. Chorale I - 01:50
15. Chorale II - 01:31
16. Dear uncle James - 02:49
17. Le village aplati - 02:27
18. Small music box miniature - 01:13

Camille-Alban Spreng: piano
Benjamin Sauzereau: guitar
Marco Giongrandi: banjo

Recording, mixing and mastering by Dries Van Ende in Zinnema, Brussels, 2021
Artwork by Jean Depagne
All compositions by Camille-Alban Spreng except 4, 8, 9, 12 and 17 by Benjamin Sauzereau.

This mythological fresco of untold stories were made possible thanks to Micha, Théo, Hélène, Quentin, Benjamin, Marco, Dries, Marthe, Jean-Louis, Alban, Sebastien, Jean