Haitian Creole Jazz

Release Date: May 10, 2005
Selection #: ZM 200506

1. Caravan
2. Pen Mayi
3. Sa Te Bel
4. Mireille
5. Sincerely Yours
6. African Queen
7. The Journey
8. Limye
9. Fifa’s Theme
10. Second Nature
11. Havana Sunrise
12. Moving On


Eddy Bourjolly - acoustic & electric guitars
Welmyr Jean-Pierre - piano & keyboards
Gene Torres - 6 string fretted & 5 string acoustic bass guitars
Gashford Guillaume - drums
Markus Schwartz - traditional Haitian drums, congas, bongos, and miscellaneous percussion

Mozayik's musical concept draws upon the rich legacy of traditional Afro-Haitian rhythms, blending them with the instrumentation, melodic/harmonic sensibilities and improvisation of jazz. Mozayik also cites Cuban and Brazilian jazz as sources of inspiration and the groups' original compositions show that the culture of Haiti has similar musical riches to offer. The group draws from a diverse array of other influences; classical, jazz, gospel and funk are all part of the Mozayik sound. The members of Mozayik bring together multiple talents and years of performing and recording experience.

Mozayik's self-titled debut recording "Mozayik" was released to rave reviews, appearing in numerous newspapers and music magazines such as "The Haitian Times", "Beat", "Kompa Magazine", and Haiti's "Le Nouvelliste." The group was also featured on Public Radio International's "The World" program.

"Haitian Creole Jazz", features such traditional Haitian folkoric drum rhythms as Nago (Sa te Bel) Mayi (Pen Mayi), Ibo (Mireille), Rara (Caravan & Moving On), Kontradans (African Queen), Kongo (Limye) and Petwo (The Journey). Jazz lovers of all kinds are excited about Mozayik's sound, a blend of ancient and modern, grounded in tradition yet boldly moving forward.

Recent press and musician quotes on MOZAYIK :

"If am praising this CD so much, it is for a good reason. The album is simply music to your ears. Bourjolly’s smooth guitar, Welmyr Jean-Pierre’s lyrical piano, Gene Torres's talking bass, Marcus Schwartz’s zestful percussion, Gashford Guillaume’s skillful and sensitive drumming.... provide the special blend that makes this quintet one of the best on the musical scene. The sound is so well balanced... the music flows easily like water in a stream.

…..You’d better rush to your CD supplier to obtain your copy and then go sit down, listen and enjoy."
Serge Bellegarde -

Beautiful Music !!!

-Jimmy Haslip, Bassist, The YellowJackets

"From the start, Mozayik was perceived as a rare jewel in the crown of Haiti's rich kingdom of progressive and alternative music. Once again, you have proven capable of living up to the highest standards you have set for your band. Kudos to you all, and may the sky be the limit."

Franz Brillant, The RIVA group

"Mozayik's music is a breath of fresh air. It's therapy for my ears."

Dadi Beaubrun
Former Bassist & Co-Founder, Boukman Eksperyans (the premier Haitian Roots band)