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Benoit Delbecq Unit: Phonetics

Read "Phonetics" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


What a wonderful band that pianist Benoit Delbecq has put together! This finely synchonized unit creates an exceptional ensemble sound with its dark, moody tones and circuitous melodies, playing music that sounds as if it were conceived in a cave, in murky shadows and cool and dry air. An unusual timbral mix--viola and tenor saxophone--sets the sound apart, along with drummer Emile Biayenda's distinctive rhythms.Saxophonist Mark Turner provides the biggest surprise of the set. I had him tagged ...

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Benoit Delbecq Unit: Phonetics

Read "Phonetics" reviewed by John Kelman


With an approach blending hypnotic rhythms and free-flowing improvisation with a new music sensibility that examines more oblique and mathematically precise melodies, Benoit Delbecq has already gained a certain degree of notoriety in his native France for his work with prepared piano and his four previous Songlines releases. This time around he gathers an international cast, including the constantly under-recognized Mark Turner on tenor saxophone, the equally hard-working Mark Helias on bass, ZAPP String Quartet violist Oene van Geel, and ...


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