The most renowned young bass player to appear on the music scene since Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke. Armand Sabal-Lecco was born in Cameroon into a diplomat's family, raised in Africa and Europe, he began his career while attending school in Paris, France. Armand's bass-playing older sibling Roger was his first musical inspiration, but it was his drum-playing brother Felix who presented him with a bass at the age of fourteen.
While in his teens, he immersed himself into playing in Clubs in Europe with the "Ogogoro Gang", an Afro Funk band which he co-founded in the early 80s. This group was voted No.1 "Jeune espoir francais" within their first year of performances. During this period he seriously concentrated on writing music. Now his talents as a composer are sought after by such distinguished musicians as Stanley Clarke, John Patitucci, Carole King, Warren DeMartini, Don Gruisin, Michael Brecker and Herbie Hancock. Armand wrote 2 songs and co-wrote the coversong for John Patituccis album "Another World" which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1994. In the same year he was presented by the National Academy of Recording Artist and Sciences a certificate in recognition of his determinative work on the Brecker Brothers Grammy Award Winning Recording "Out of the loop".
His current involvement include composing and singing for TV commercials for Mazda and the Coors Brewing Company as a myriad of Motion Picture Soundtracks.Subsequently Armand together with Felix created the African fusion band "Xamahal" Their special chemistry as brothers and musicians quickly earned them popularity and became laureate at the 1986 European Jazz Festival. Armand worked with many well known French singers and African artists in concert as well as in the studio. He played at a variety of clubs and festivals all over Western Europe.
He joined the "Manu Dibango Band" and recorded on several of their albums. With this band Armand toured for about 4 years all over the world. Sabal-Lecco lead many workshops in music Europe, while touring with Manu Dibango and Paul Simon. CMCN in Nancy is just one of the reputable Music schools who employed him.
In 1989 Paul Simon invited Armand to New York to record on the "Rhythm of the Saints" album. When the record was finished, preparations and rehearsals started for the upcoming World Tour. The Paul Simon "Born at the Right Time" accredits Armand with a fourteen months World Tour. His charismatic stage presence and "Killer bass-playing" (as quoted by the Japan Times) earned him overwhelming response from crowds and critics alike. In 1993 Armand was asked to come to Washington D.C. to play with Paul Simon at the Inauguration festivities for Bill Clinton and Al Gore Armands instantly recognizable sounds have been recorded on Paul Simons "Rhythm of the Saints" and "Central Park Show" albums, Simon & Garfunkel, Peter Gabriel, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe (of REM), Carole King, Paul Carrack, Maxi Priest, Stanley Clarke, The Brecker Brothers, Alannah Myles, Herbie Hancock, Manu Dibango, Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Zainal Abidin, Jonathan Butler and Jeffreys Garland. His versatility enables him to perform with many well-known musicians such as the late Jaco Pastorius, Steve Gadd, Michael Brecker, Paul Brady, Stewart Copeland, Brian Auger, Richard Tee, Joao Bosco and David Lee Roth.
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