All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

140

Dupont T: Spider's Dance

Martin Longley By

Sign in to view read count
The Dupont is Hubert, a bassist from Paris, and his T-team is pianist Yvan Robillard, also presumably from that same city, drummer Chander Sardjoe (who lives in Amsterdam) and alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, who resides in New York. This collection of Dupont's compositions was recorded in Paris towards the end of 2006 and fits in well with the settings that Mahanthappa finds himself in on this side of the Atlantic.

There's a mathematical hard-nose, but it's still sniffing around the corners of jazz traditionalism, particularly during what have to be called the "ballad numbers. The disc opens with some heavily processed piano, in the manner of Craig Taborn, letting "Spider off the leash, free to skitter around, just like its namesake. The piece begins like it's already in midstream, with Mahanthappa and Dupont playing fast licks in tandem, establishing a mood of brooding darkness.

Although residing in Paris since 1989, Dupont grew up in Lyon, starting out playing electric rock guitar. Receiving upright bass lessons from JF Jenny-Clark soon put paid to that. Dupont's pliable thickness lies at the core of this quartet sound, with strings often harassed down to near-breaking point, rejoicing in a dark snap. Mahanthappa displays his rooting in Indian classical patterns on the introduction to the placid "Irid, with "1010 next up, converting to a bullish speediness, complex and tough. Bass strings are radically loosened on "Moundéle, leading up to a savagely flayed solo, answered in rough kind by Mahanthappa's uncharacteristically coarse alto.

Track Listing: Spiders; Mais Presque; Possib; Orientable; Iris; 1010; Douj; Mound

Personnel: Hubert Dupont: bass; Rudresh Mahanthappa: alto saxophone; Yvan Robillard: piano; Chander Sardjoe: drums.

Title: Spider's Dance | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Nocturne

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Return to the Future CD/LP/Track Review
Return to the Future
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 17, 2018
Read Telepathy CD/LP/Track Review
Telepathy
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 17, 2018
Read The Whole Thing Is Just There CD/LP/Track Review
The Whole Thing Is Just There
by John Bricker
Published: November 17, 2018
Read Haydn: Symphony No. 39, Symphony No. 87, Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante CD/LP/Track Review
Haydn: Symphony No. 39, Symphony No. 87, Mozart –...
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: November 17, 2018
Read Rogue Star CD/LP/Track Review
Rogue Star
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 17, 2018
Read Out in the Open CD/LP/Track Review
Out in the Open
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 16, 2018
Read "Oh My, Those Boys!" CD/LP/Track Review Oh My, Those Boys!
by John Sharpe
Published: May 29, 2018
Read "Hand In Hand" CD/LP/Track Review Hand In Hand
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 7, 2017
Read "Bloomer" CD/LP/Track Review Bloomer
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 28, 2018
Read "Say" CD/LP/Track Review Say
by Glenn Astarita
Published: January 30, 2018
Read "Music in the Room" CD/LP/Track Review Music in the Room
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 10, 2017
Read "Time Like This" CD/LP/Track Review Time Like This
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 17, 2018