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Now's the time III: The best in contemporary jazz from France and [tax haven] Luxembourg

Read "Now's the time III: The best in contemporary jazz from France and [tax haven] Luxembourg" reviewed by John Ephland


Every. One. Of. These. Tracks. Is. A. Keeper. To be swept up in a fervor when listening to music (always an unexpected pleasure) and finding it next to impossible not to write about the experience--during as well as after--is the dream all music journalists crave and celebrate every time they find themselves returning to that zone. ...

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Phonetics

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2005
Track listing: Le Meme Jour; Multikulta; Zao Wou-ki; Pointe de la Courte Dune; The Elbow Room, Vancouver; 4MalW; Yompa; Au Louvre

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Benoit Delbecq Unit: Phonetics

Read "Phonetics" reviewed by AAJ Staff


After two relatively stripped-down efforts, the duo Dice Thrown (Songlines, 2002) and solo Nu-Turn (Songlines, 2003), Parisian pianist Benoit Delbecq returns with a quintet for Phonetics, taking full advantage of the extended range of his group--stylistically, timbrally, and texturally. Delbecq's music draws from several diverse traditions, including the often counterintuitive constructs of modern classical music, the ...

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Benoit Delbecq Unit: Phonetics

Read "Phonetics" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


What a wonderful band that pianist Benoit Delbecq has put together! This finely synchonized unit creates an exceptional ensemble sound with its dark, moody tones and circuitous melodies, playing music that sounds as if it were conceived in a cave, in murky shadows and cool and dry air. An unusual timbral mix--viola and tenor saxophone--sets the ...

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Benoit Delbecq Unit: Phonetics

Read "Phonetics" reviewed by John Kelman


With an approach blending hypnotic rhythms and free-flowing improvisation with a new music sensibility that examines more oblique and mathematically precise melodies, Benoit Delbecq has already gained a certain degree of notoriety in his native France for his work with prepared piano and his four previous Songlines releases. This time around he gathers an international cast, ...


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