Exposé Online banner

Benoît Delbecq Trio — The Sixth Jump
(Songlines SGL 1585-2, 2010, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele, Published 2011-06-01

The Sixth Jump Cover art

Piano trios can be a gnarly musical beast. In the case of pianist Delbecq, trio pieces transpire in real time, with a quiet classy reserve that gently tugs the listener through subtle changes. “Poursuite” is an excellent example of this. Delbecq has some Andrew Hill overtones, which don’t suppress his own brilliant voice. Upright bassist Jean-Jacques Avenel, (long-time Steve Lacy sideman) has the sensitivity of J.-F. Jenny-Clarke, as exhibited on the introduction to “Letter to György L.” Drummer Emile Biayenda pitter-pats the toms to begin another mid-tempo excursion for the trio, where Delbecq goes a bit further out on an careful improvisation limb, but with plenty of line to reel himself back in. “Piano Page” was looped together by engineer Steve Arguelles after the notes were originally played and is a fascinating effort. He uses at least two keyboard phrases set up contrarily to each that creates a creepy unsettled feeling. The overall tone of the recording is traditionally ECM-like, infusing influences from outside of jazz (specifically world music as heard on “Le Même Jour”). The sound of pouring water disturbs the sonic map on “Le Sixième Saut,” where the trio relies on what seems like blind-man hand-waving to determine its direction. Avenel’s most passionate bowed playing on the disk-closer “Point de la Courte Dune / Bass Page,” which gets into a linear groove propelled by Biayenda’s careful and insistent rhythm keeping. Overall the disc represents a strong beacon of light on collective improvisation.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Benoît Delbecq

Latest news

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

McGill Manring Stevens - What We Do – Much ado has been stated in the jazz press regarding the bastardization of cherished jazz standards meshed with dirty old rock and roll. The unwanted outcome: jazz-rock or fusion has been both a...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues