Benoît Delbecq Trio — The Sixth Jump
(Songlines SGL 1585-2, 2010, CD)
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.
Related artist(s): Benoît Delbecq
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more