Exposé Online banner

Ten Worlds — Ten Worlds
(CJN Records no#, 2019, CD / DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2019-10-06

Ten Worlds Cover art

Ten Worlds is the latest foray into the area of vocal jazz by french pianist Stefan Orins, who composed all of the music on the eleven titles herein. Of equal importance is singer Karine Gobert, who wrote all of the lyrics, and brings the sounds to life. Supporting them is drummer and supporting vocalist François Taillefer, and electric bassist Pascal Lovergne. Most of the pieces here were originally performed, in instrumental form, with Orins’ jazz trio on the album Bonheur Temporaire released back in 2006. Orins tasked Gobert with coming up with lyrics that she could sing on the pieces, and so Ten Worlds was born. While some would suspect this is merely a studio project, they would be incorrect, Ten Worlds is a real band, gigging and touring, and although the schedule is light (mainly because Orins has his hands in so many other things), one might expect more live performances in time. I can’t say that I’ve heard the aforementioned 2006 album by Orins’ trio, but Ten Worlds debut sounds like the lyrics and vocals are fully integrated into the quartet’s sound, almost like they should have been there all along. The set opens with “Heaven,” an upbeat piece with two layers of voice that sets the tone for the rest of the album. Yes, there is a “Hell” here too, but it’s a very pleasant – if somewhat mysterious and adventurous – piece. “Buddhahood,” punctuated by tabla, has a definite Eastern flavor tugging against a more typical jazz sound from the piano, especially during times when Taillefer plays a standard drum kit; though Gobert’s unusual vocalizing is the high point of the track. Likewise, closer “Bodhisattva” is a soothing and gentle piece with two vocal parts that gives Orins’ plenty of room to stretch out for a brilliant piano solo. With “Humanity” it almost seems like Gobert’s doubled vocal parts are leading the entire ensemble. Every song here is unique among all the others, and the album as a whole is refreshing and magical.


Filed under: New releases, 2019 releases

Related artist(s): Stefan Orins, Ten Worlds

More info
http://tenworlds.bandcamp.com/album/ten-worlds

Latest news

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Thierry Zaboitzeff - Dr. Zab & His Robotic Strings Orchestra – Zaboitzeff is the bass guitarist/cellist for Art Zoyd. This solo project shows him in a more electronic setting, as it is done mostly using synths and sequencers. There are 22 tracks of varying length...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues