Home » Jazz Articles » Benoît Delbecq - Jorrit Dijkstra - John Hollenbeck: Linger


Album Review

Benoît Delbecq - Jorrit Dijkstra - John Hollenbeck: Linger


Sign in to view read count
Benoît Delbecq - Jorrit Dijkstra - John Hollenbeck: Linger
Thes New England-based record label, Driff Records, was established in 2012 by Jorrit Dijkstra (reeds, electronics) and Pandelis Karayorgis (piano) with the intentions of creating "transatlantic improvised music." Dijkstra and drummer, composer John Hollenbeck have enjoyed a productive working relationship since the 1990s, and invited forward-thinking French pianist Benoit Delbecq into this beguiling and uncanny improvisational trio setting for Linger. It definitely goes against the grain, even by free jazz nomenclatures. But the intermixing of acoustic and electronics yield some notable surprises along with Hollenbeck, sounding like he has eight arms, or if some of the percussion grooves were indeed overdubbed.

This acoustic-electric set is largely about unorthodoxies coexisting on an elevated plane of sorts, as the musicians make it all seem natural. Odd noises blurt out from nowhere with Delbecq's electric bass lines, refined prepared piano textures and Dijkstra's processed sax, analog synths and lyricon lines. But Hollenbeck's rolling, tumbling and polyrhythmic drums, layered with small percussion instruments denoting a multi-purposed mode of attack. Coupled with the saxophonist's darting, popping and supple notes, the trio rather softly jolts your neural network.

"Linger" is devised with a jagged sense of minimalism and microtonal sound-sculpting, dappled with subtle background effects. Whereas, "Stalk" seems like an alien march progression, stoked with ominous implications and a metronomic ending. Yet each track has its own delineation. For example, "Push" features an outside-the-box funk groove motif with Dijkstra's weaving lyricon lines atop Delbecq's unassuming bass pattern and flickering piano statements, gravitating towards a blustery free-form jaunt amid world-beat undertones. However, the album closer "Edge" is enacted with muttering effects, accentuated by the drummer's cymbal swashes and the pianist's simple, childlike theme.

Part of the album's success is due to the artists' sensitivity, and by not overheating matters into rambunctious, cacophonous blowouts. Simply stated, it's an idiosyncratic musical event that defies rigid categorizations, and presents newly discovered revelations on subsequent listens.

Track Listing

Place; Relay; Linger; Stir; Hold; Stalk; Push; Poke; Dwell; Edge.


Jorrit Dijkstra
saxophone, alto

Benoît Delbecq: prepared piano, bass synth; Jorrit Dijkstra: alto saxophone, lyricon, analog electronics; John Hollenbeck: drums, percussion.

Album information

Title: Linger | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Driff Records

Post a comment

For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.



Black Gold Orchestra
The Verb Not The Noun
James Sherlock
Anchor Points
Russell Kranes/Alex Levine/Sam Weber/Jay Sawyer


On the record

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.