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Double Basse: This Is Not Art

Read "This Is Not Art" reviewed by John Sharpe

Although the group moniker might suggest two bull fiddles, in fact it describes the French pairing of bassist Benjamin Duboc and contrabass clarinetist Jean-Luc Petit. No strangers to each other (Petit appears on the bassist's leadership debut under his own name on Primare Cantus (Ayler, 2011)), they nonetheless pile up the challenges for themselves: no charts; restricted palette; exposed situation; and difficult instrumentation, especially the unwieldy woodwind. The two lengthy spontaneous inventions were recorded in the pre-Romanesque chapel of Saint ...

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Benjamin Duboc: St. James Infirmary

Read "St. James Infirmary" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

French double bassist Benjamin Duboc belongs to the elite of the European free improvisation scene. He is a musician with a unique command of the bull fiddle, employing a wide array of inventive and original extended techniques. But he is also an improviser that charges each of his solo performances with captivating emotional power. His latest solo album was recorded in the church building Eglise Saint- Martin in Bignac in the western part of France in ...

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Benjamin Duboc: Primare Cantus

Read "Primare Cantus" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

French double bassist Benjamin Duboc is one of the busiest musicians in the left-of-center experimental scene of musicians today in Europe. This prolific musician plays regularly with Japanese trumpet player Itaru Oki (who is based in France), in duo and with the NUTS quintet, and with many of the elite of French improvisers, including pianist Jobic Le Masson's trio Free Unfold, or in sax trios with saxophonists Daniel Erdmann, Sylvain Guérineau, Jean-Luc Guionnet or Abdelhaï Bennani. The three-disc Primare Cantus ...


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