Award Winning Jazz Bassist

Press

What they Say

One of only a handful of bassists cutting any new or worthwhile ground in modern jazz. Clovis Nicolas joins the ranks of those innovative and inspired artists that keep one foot in the past but both eyes on the future.

Brent Black – Jazz Journalist

You will hear, from Mr. Nicolas, well thought out bass lines that spur the band in the direction that he wants them to go… A very, very good bass sound.

Ron Carter – Bassist, Band leader and Composer

I have worked with the most famous and in-demand musicians in New York City, and Clovis ranks among the finest. He has attained great technical proficiency on his instrument as well as a deep understanding of the history and details of his art.
Michael Kanan – Pianist

One of only a handful of bassists cutting any new or worthwhile ground in modern jazz. Clovis Nicolas joins the ranks of those innovative and inspired artists that keep one foot in the past but both eyes on the future.

Brent Black – Jazz Journalist

You will hear, from Mr. Nicolas, well thought out bass lines that spur the band in the direction that he wants them to go… A very, very good bass sound.

Ron Carter – Bassist, Band leader and Composer

I have worked with the most famous and in-demand musicians in New York City, and Clovis ranks among the finest. He has attained great technical proficiency on his instrument as well as a deep understanding of the history and details of his art.
Michael Kanan – Pianist

Awards & features

About the album “Autoportrait”

Recorded solo in New-York in 2020, Clovis Nicolas’ latest album is like a pandemic notebook, a double bass manual and a pure poetic act. Less breathtaking than generous. Sure hand, elegant posture, tremendous precision on the fingerboard, with that inner sight – “that magnificent sound,” says his mentor Ron Carter – Clovis Nicolas paces the double bass like one breathes. His hand is alternately caressing on the chords, and fearless when he returns to the “walking bass”, the tempo of the Gods.

Francis Marmande

Le Monde (France #1 Newspaper), Read Full Article

Strength, tone, dexterity and sensitivity to rhythmic phrasing carry the 42-minute program, which moves steadily through the bassist’s influences, starting with a nod to Bach’s cello suites. He references bebop, Coleman Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Lennie Tristano, Dave Holland and “Rhythm” changes with propulsion that sustains interest in where he’s going. His composition “Four Steps” is a knuckle-buster.

Howard Mendel

Downbeat, Read Full Article

The solo bass recording has recently crept from total rarity to something like a rite of passage; consider the recent, redoubtable entries by Larry Grenadier, Jorge Roeder, Michael Formanek and John Patitucci. Now comes Autoportrait, a beautiful example of the form by French-born bassist Clovis Nicolas. Developed over the last year – but in the works, on some level, for much longer than that – it’s an impressively well-rounded statement, and often a deeply lyrical one.

Nate Chinen

WBGO (former Jazz journalist for the New York Times), Read Full Article

Clovis Nicolas proves once again his excellence and, without any pretension, all the beauty and the accuracy of his playing.

Vumètre Magazine

Strength, tone, dexterity and sensitivity to rhythmic phrasing carry the 42-minutes program … Nicolas’s inner drive and unusual turns keep it compelling.

Downbeat Magazine

An impressively well-rounded statement,
and often a deeply lyrical one.

WBGO

Sure hand, elegant posture, tremendous precision
on the fingerboard… Clovis Nicolas paces the
double bass like one breathes.

Le Monde

A very ambitious and innovative project for the solo double bass. “Lady Bass” is a must listen.

The Walker

If you are a true bass lover, you cannot
help but to fall in love with this album.

Jazz Life

Everything marvels in this deep, inspired and beautifully alive self-portrait. An album that belongs to the classics of that genre.

Jazz News

One of the best bass players of his generation

Jazz Life

What a sound! (The kind that takes you by storm). What a lesson on musicality! What a beautiful self-portrait!

Jazz Magazine, CHOC

Clovis Nicolas proves once again his excellence and, without any pretension, all the beauty and the accuracy of his playing.

Paris Move

A brilliant set.

New York City Jazz Record

This album in a self-portrait with infinite nuances

Citizen Jazz

About the album “Freedom Suite Ensuite”

An elegantly composed and richly rendered suite that is both timely and timeless. Clovis Nicolas gives us the soundtrack for our times, enriching the world with his fierce creative spirit and coherent vision for freedom. Freedom Suite Ensuite is a heart-pounding, incandescent triumph to liberty not just in music but in all its forms. On these thirteen tracks, you’ll hear jazz musicians of the highest order sparkling with colorful melodies and soaring solos.

Kabir Sehgal

Multi-Grammy Award winner, New York Times bestselling author

Here is the universe that Clovis Nicolas chose to explore in this chord-less setting, his upright bass being at the core of the orchestra. By picking not one, but two horn players, he is not tempted to imitate the Rollins-ian trio formula, but he preserves its spirit, and the result is impressive [..] We already knew that Clovis Nicolas was one of the best bass players of his generation, now we discover a new side to his talent. At a time of useless or recurring hommages and tributes, here is one that is as rare as it is meaningful.

(+ Feature in Jazz Magazine Editorial’s Playlist)

Philippe Vincent

JAZZ MAGAZINE (5 stars review, aka “CHOC”), Read Full Article

“We never really doubted it, but Clovis Nicolas’ experience and musical intelligence didn’t fail to transcend the ever challenging exercise of interpreting such a strong and unique classic masterpiece as Sonny Rollins’ Freedom Suite. To do it in a chord-less format goes without saying. But to extend it into a quartet with trumpet, while including his own originals, was less obvious and far more risky [..] The New York bassist’s fresh look beautifully illustrates how to play free within a form. A form that the whole album pays tribute to, while being more than just that. Which is even harder. Splendid.”

Bruno Guermonprez

JAZZ NEWS, Read Full Article

Rich lines are picked and plucked,
mixing message with music. Impressive.

Jazz Weekly

Such an album must be
savored like a rare and fine wine.

Ena Hors Lel Murs

The Freedom Suite has not aged at all and the quartet’s sound, very actual and contemporary, bring it back to life.


Musicologie

Clovis Nicolas takes it to another level.


Liberation

A forward-looking bop style, well thought out,
with a dazzling swing feel.


Telerama

One of the best bass players of his generation


Jazz Life

This music is cool, direct, and swinging, like a missile soaring through a clear blue sky… Sublime.


Modern Drummer

This session will fulfill the Blue Note sound aficionados.


Classica

Clovis Nicolas is a hell of a bassist.


Dusty Groove

The four musicians are in total osmosis. Magnificent.


Enterprises Magazine

about the album “NINE STORIES”

A formidable walker with a big, resonant tone, Nicolas also distinguishes himself as a first-rate composer on this persuasive outing [..] Clovis’ impressive first as a leader – brimming with fresh energy and outstanding arrangements – definitely marks him as a talent deserving of wider recognition.

Selected in “Best Albums 2014” (see here)

Bill Milkowski

DOWNBEAT (4 stars), Read Full Article

An immensely appealing date with a tight, swinging sextet of up-and-coming players [..] I hear a leader whose perceptive playing is part of the overall sound of the band rather than a cat overemphasizing his bass above everyone else in the mix. That discipline is Nicolas’ strong suit and his arrangements reveal a thoughtful musician at ease with mixing classic jazz sound with modern contours.

An album that properly introduces Clovis as a powerful new voice on bass.

Nick Bewsey

ICON Magazine at WRTI RADIO, Read Full Article

We are here in a predominantly bop world, a universe which complexity is quite clearly the ideal environment for Nicolas’ temperament, whom as a bassist has a nice full sound and never neglects the swing feel, and as a composer does not lack imagination, as showcased in such unpredictable melodies as Juggling and Mothers And Fathers.

Piacentino

MUSICA JAZZ – ITALY, Read Full Article

A formidable walker with a big,
resonant tone, Nicolas also distinguishes himself
as a first-rate composer.

DownBeat Magazine

An immensely appealing date with a tight, swinging sextet of up-and-coming players. This album properly introduces Clovis as a powerful new voice on bass.

WRTI Radio

A young but mature Jazz artist who’s ready to fly high.

All About Jazz

Some nice swing, some pleasant groove, lots of heat.

Wondering Sounds

A stellar recording! The work is solid and beyond reproach… Easily a best of 2014!

Bop’n’Jazz

One of our actual bass heroes.

Telerama

Beautiful music that swings the way it should.

Jazz Hot

A master stroke.

Liberation

First albums of experienced artists usually turn into masterpieces. Clovis Nicolas’ Nine Stories follows this rule: impossible to part from these stories narrated with passion.

JazzNews Magazine

A fascinating sound storyteller.

L’Humanite

Magnificent acoustic bass sound.

Hi-Fi Video Magazine

A masterful first album!

L’ENA Hors Les Murs

Lush and imaginative musical writing…
This album is more than a very good first work:
it is a great success!

Entreprises Magazine

A pure jazz delight.

Batteur Magazine

Intelligence, precision and warmth.

Juilliard Journal

All Press

Clovis Nicolas proves once again his excellence and, without any pretension, all the beauty and the accuracy of his playing.

Vumètre Magazine

Strength, tone, dexterity and sensitivity to rhythmic phrasing carry the 42-minutes program … Nicolas’s inner drive and unusual turns keep it compelling.

Downbeat Magazine

An impressively well-rounded statement, and
often a deeply lyrical one.

WBGO

Sure hand, elegant posture,
tremendous precision on the fingerboard…
Clovis Nicolas paces the double bass like one breathes.

Le Monde

A very ambitious and innovative project for the solo double bass. “Lady Bass” is a must listen.

The Walker

If you are a true bass lover, you cannot help but to
fall in love with this album.

Jazz Life

Everything marvels in this deep,
inspired and beautifully alive self-portrait.
An album that belongs to the classics of that genre.

Jazz News

One of the best bass players of his generation

Jazz Life

What a sound! (The kind that takes you by storm). What a lesson on musicality! What a beautiful self-portrait!

Jazz Magazine, CHOC

Clovis Nicolas proves once again his excellence and,
without any pretension, all the beauty and the
accuracy of his playing.

Paris Move

A brilliant set.

New York City Jazz Record

Rich lines are picked and plucked, mixing message with music. Impressive.

Jazz Weekly

Such an album must be savored like a rare and fine wine.

Ena Hors Lel Murs

The Freedom Suite has not aged at all and the quartet’s sound, very actual and contemporary, bring it back to life.

Musicologie

Clovis Nicolas takes it to another level.

Liberation

A forward-looking bop style, well thought out, with a dazzling swing feel.

Telerama

One of the best bass players of his generation

Jazz Life

This music is cool, direct, and swinging, like a missile soaring through a clear blue sky… Sublime.

Modern Drummer

This session will fulfill the Blue Note sound aficionados.

Classica

Clovis Nicolas is a hell of a bassist.

Dusty Groove

The four musicians are in total osmosis. Magnificent.

Enterprises Magazine

A formidable walker with a big, resonant tone, Nicolas also distinguishes himself as a first-rate composer.

DownBeat Magazine

An immensely appealing date with a tight, swinging sextet of up-and-coming players. This album properly introduces Clovis as a powerful new voice on bass.

WRTI Radio

A young but mature Jazz artist who’s ready to fly high.

All About Jazz

Some nice swing, some pleasant groove, lots of heat.

Wondering Sounds

A stellar recording! The work is solid and beyond reproach… Easily a best of 2014!

Bop’n’Jazz

One of our actual bass heroes.

Telerama

Beautiful music that swings the way it should.

Jazz Hot

A master stroke.

Liberation

First albums of experienced artists usually turn into masterpieces. Clovis Nicolas’ Nine Stories follows this rule: impossible to part from these stories narrated with passion.

JazzNews Magazine

A fascinating sound storyteller.

L’Humanite

Magnificent acoustic bass sound.

Hi-Fi Video Magazine

A masterful first album!

L’ENA Hors Les Murs 

Lush and imaginative musical writing… This album is more than a very good first work: it is a great success!

Entreprises Magazine

A pure jazz delight.

Batteur Magazine

Intelligence, precision and warmth.

Juilliard Journal

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