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Jehro, Portrait

Submitted by on 10 Jul 2007 – 3:11 PM Comments

Jehro, who recently broke through stateside with his self-titled 2006 release, is an artist whose music is best likened to French cuisine: classical and provincial, characterized by extreme diversity, plucked from the earth and cultivated into a bounty that indulges all five senses. Having tilled and developed his Caribbean, reggae, and world music sound (or, as Jehro prefers it, “music from different continents” from stays in London and Paris, Jehro is a bit of an aural ragout in that he borrows from all over to create his unique sonic vision. Consider him to be a culinary sampling of the highest order.

Born in the Panier area of Marseilles, Jehro left home looking to further himself in both life and music and wound up in a Hammersmith artists squat in London. There, surrounded by Spanish and Jamaican musicians, he delved into the reggae and world music of his peers. While in London, Jehro honed both his English and guitar playing with the help of his favorite pop standards and, more importantly, Bob Marley’s music, which later proved to be hugely influential for him.

Feeling refreshed and revitalized by London, Jehro again felt it was time for a change and moved to Paris. It was there that he released L’arbre et le Fruit in 1999. Local critics were impressed, and Jehro even found himself getting heavy rotation on the French airwaves. Around this time, he developed what proved to be both a fruitful and profitable friendship with musicians Christian Brun and Richard Minier, when he began jamming in their studio. They later formed the group The Marathonians, and in 2003 released their first LP titled A Tropical Soul Adventure. Full of calypso-pop songs and indo-electro theme tunes, the group struck gold with French advertising industries.

2006′s Jehro, an album inspired by Caribbean and American grassroots music, is much like a sonic companion to the lives of everyday people. Celebratory, seductive, and well-traveled, Jehro plays like a road-savvy wanderer’s personal account of what he encounters in his journeys. Enjoy Jehro with a nice bottle of Bordeaux on your next day off – you’ll be glad you did.

Bruce Scott
movmnt magazine – Issue 3 – Spring 2007