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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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Benoit Delbecq 3: Ink

Read "Ink" reviewed by John Sharpe

French pianist Benoit Delbecq came late to the piano trio, having spent 20 years on a variety of other projects. His previous foray into the terrain, The Sixth Jump (Songlines, 2010), featured bassist Jean Jacques Avenel (who sadly died in 2014) alongside Congolese drummer Emile Biayenda, who first toured with the pianist in the Central Africa in 1994 and has been a regular collaborator ever since. Canadian Miles Perkin has since taken on the bass chair, completing an adaptable ensemble ...

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Benoit Delbecq / Francois Houle: Because She Hoped

Read "Because She Hoped" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The superior recording quality, tinged with reverb and a capacious aesthetic, serves as a third instrument on this studio recording by French pianist Benoit Delbecq and Canadian clarinetist Francois Houle. Both artists occupy that progressive, cutting-edge space within modern jazz contexts. With their third duo outing, the musicians use extended techniques in an intimate setting. Here, unorthodox treatments coalesce with sublime dialogues, spiking breakouts and melodic intervals, all executed with a sense of intimacy. Ethereal, and at times ...

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Benoit Delbecq: The Sixth Jump / Circles and Calligrams

Read "Benoit Delbecq: The Sixth Jump / Circles and Calligrams" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Pianist Benoît Delbecq makes his debut trio recording with The Sixth Jump, released simultaneously with Circles and Calligrams, which Delbecq describes in a solo outing. The first disc amplifies his skills as an empathic leader whose inventive thematic explorations are woven in spontaneous interaction with his mates. The second lets him explore the dynamics of the piano elaborately, his sense of purpose expressively accomplished.Benoit Delbecq TrioThe Sixth JumpSonglines2010 Delbecq uses ...

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Benoit Delbecq: Phonetics

Read "Phonetics" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

Benoît Delbecq is a unique and diligent musical explorer who deserves your listening attention. Phonetics and some recent performances provide a helpful introduction to two very developed aspects of his musical being. In his solo piano playing (heard at the Jazz Gallery last month) Delbecq used a prepared piano technique that turned his grand piano into a grand African thumb piano of sorts. It was no mere gimmick: Delbecq carefully changed the “preparations while he talked to ...


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