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Benoit Delbecq: The Weight of Light

Read "The Weight of Light" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The concept of light having weight may seem unusual but in listening to this solo set by pianist Benoit Delbecq, the idea starts to make sense. His style of playing mixes feathery improvisations with clanking rhythms that bring a feeling of mass and density to his work. Delbecq uses a lot of prepared piano techniques and has mastered them to the point where he can mold clusters of dampened, thudding notes into a rhythm track that supports his ...

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Benoit Delbecq: The Weight of Light

Read "The Weight of Light" reviewed by John Sharpe


French pianist Benoit Delbecq has become one of the leading exponents of the John Cage-inspired school of prepared piano in the jazz and improvised music arena. So much so that Canadian pianist Kris Davis received a grant to study extended piano techniques with him early in her career, and has since performed with him in duet. No surprise then to find Delbecq's solo recital The Weight Of Light appearing on Davis' Pyroclastic imprint. He's no stranger to the ...

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Benoit Delbecq: The Weight of Light

Read "The Weight of Light" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Parisian pianist & composer Benoît Delbecq has not recorded a solo album in more than a decade. His collaborations are with impressive company including Tim Berne, Tom Rainey, Lotte Anker, Mark Turner, Steve Argüelles, Gerald Cleaver, Marc Ducret, Gerry Hemingway, Mary Halvorson, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Kris Davis. It is Davis' Pyroclastic Records that Delbecq calls home for the eclectic collection The Weight of Light. Delbecq is not a household name in the U.S.A.; many of his recordings ...

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Benoit Delbecq: The Weight Of Light

Read "The Weight Of Light" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The experience of sound can incite ruminations on the laws of physics, on geometrics, time, space and spirituality. The music on pianist Benoit Debecq's The Weight Of Light--his first solo recording in more than a decade--does just that. It also conjures images of the shape of the African continent that birthed a jumble of rhythmic designs. This outing was influenced, in part, by hanging mobiles, suspended moveable shapes that create different perspectives on shadow and light, taking the ...

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Benoit Delbecq 4: Spots On Stripes

Read "Spots On Stripes" reviewed by John Sharpe


In the animal kingdom both spots and stripes contribute to the camouflage which keeps the wearer hidden from either potential predators or prey. There's something similarly disorientating about this enigmatic album from French pianist Benoit Delbecq. Renowned as someone who has taken John Cage's idea of prepared piano into the jazz sphere, Delbecq has studied with sources as varied as free jazz bassist Alan Silva, legendary post bop pianist Mal Waldron and composer Solange Ancona, a former student of Olivier ...

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Black Motor, Tomasz Stanko and Other New Releases

Read "Black Motor, Tomasz Stanko and Other New Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Finland's power trio, Black Motor, is sure to get your own motor running with a pair of tracks from a live recording issued by We Jazz. The music comes from a We Jazz festival held in Berlin in October last year which showcases some of their artists. This week's show also features music from the heart and soul of Polish Jazz and one of the most important players in improvised music, Tomasz Stanko who passed away July 29th. As well, ...

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Benoit Delbecq 3: Ink

Read "Ink" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Berlin-based bassist Miles Perkin handles the duties previously held by revered French bassist Jean-Jacques Avenel (Steve Lacy, Pharoah Sanders) who passed away in 2014. Therefore, this enterprising piano trio led by Frenchman Benoit Delbecq surges forward with the similar level of ingenuity conveyed on The Sixth Jump (Songlines, 2010). In addition, Congolese drummer Emile Biayenda intersperses a world music vibe during various tracks while seamlessly integrating a tightknit jazz component into the mix. On a side note, famed pianist Fred ...


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