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Hubert Dupont: Smart Grid

Read "Smart Grid" reviewed by Don Phipps

Recorded live at the Salle Jacques Brel, in Fontenay-sous-Bois, Paris, France, Hubert Dupont's Smart Grid offers up a complex and challenging set of modern cool, hard bop, and funky jazz. All six of the album's compositions were penned by Dupont, and share an emphasis on angular phrases and odd meters. The result is an engaging affair that keeps one guessing where the music will go next. Joined by alto saxophonist Denis Guivarc'h, drummer Pierre Mangeard and pianist Yvan ...

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Hubert Dupont: Smart Grid

Read "Smart Grid" reviewed by Samuel Stroup

Hubert Dupont's new live album, Smart Grid, finds the seasoned French bassist in good company. With the assistance of saxophonist Denis Guivarc'h, pianist Yvan Robilliard, and drummer Pierre Mangeard, Dupont manages to give the set's six original tunes the utmost life. The exceptional work of the quartet makes itself known in not only their improvisation and interaction but in the grace and funk they manage to bring to the music. Sadly, this makes it evident that the compositions on the ...

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Hubert Dupont: Smart Grid

Read "Smart Grid" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

French bassist and composer Hubert Dupont has been mixing music and political activism since his Sabil Trio played at the Institute of the Arab World in 2013. That event served as the inspiration for Golan/Al Joulan Vol. 1 (2016) and Golan/Al Joulan Vol. 2 (2017), both on the Ultrabolic label. His blend of Arab music and jazz on those releases is part of his broader musical reach, extending to the influences of Africa, Eastern European music and spoken word. Dupont's ...

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Hubert Dupont: Golan/Al Joulan Vol. 2

Read "Golan/Al Joulan Vol. 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

French bassist, composer and activist Hubert Dupont had been touring with a trio called Sabil, playing their initial concert at the Institute of the Arab World in 2013. It was there that he formulated the concept for his multi-cultural, genre-bending Golan/Al Joulan Vol. 1 (Ultrabolic, 2016). In biblical lore, Golan is described as “a city of refuge" while geopolitically, the area had been part of Syria, then captured, occupied and later annexed by Israel. Dupont allows the music to develop ...


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