From France, the modern mainstream piano trio of drummer Benjamin Henocq, bassist Christophe Wallemme and pianist Pierre de Bethmann sparks excitement. At times lively and at times somber, the trio combines a love of straight-ahead jazz with lush harmonies and a variety of enthusiastic rhythms.
Bassist Wallemme begins "Extension" with an ostinato that serves to set the desired mood. It’s a scene of suspense and intrigue. Henocq’s "Suspended Time" sings out in a lyrical manner without any rhythm. "The Stonecutter" is slow, deliberate, and peaceful. "Secret World" offers a change-up that includes syncopated Latin rhythm, swinging piano, and a variety of percussion sounds. Wallemme’s dreamy "Eliot" finds all three sharing in an improvised tone poem. Both "Tao of Chloe" and "The Way" include portions where the piano and bass lay down riffs during which the drummer steps into the spotlight. Prysm is right out of the modern jazz mainstream, and while their session contains no strikingly familiar melodies, the compositions offer pleasant, well-worn acoustic vibrations.
Track Listing: The Way; The Stone Cutter; Temps Dense; Come
Personnel: Pierre de Bethmann- piano; Christophe Wallemme- bass; Benjamin Henocq- drums, percussion.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.