Benoit Delbecq / Fred Hersch Double Trio
CD | Songlines | 0774355160022 | SGL 16002 | 05-13
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This rare double-trio configuration is a ground-breaking encounter between jazz piano and the sonic resources of contemporary classical music, between American tradition and the European avant-garde, but above all between two fantastic pianists (coincidentally, both winners of the Grand Prix du Disque for jazz). Fred Hersch's quest for absolute beauty and impeccable virtuosity have become legendary. Benoît Delbecq is one of Europe's most prominent jazz keyboardists; his compositions and elegant, complex improvisations build on John Cage's prepared piano techniques. Add to this Steve Argüelles' stealthy 'assistance and obstacles' live sampling, and three of the most celebrated rhythm section players of today, and the result is a multi-faceted collaboration, with opportunities for various combinations of duos and trios as well as full-group interaction. The music has its moments of abstraction, its moonlit soundscapes such as "One is Several," but also embraces a jazzier aesthetic, for example the Monkish/Lacyish "Night for Day."