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«Triple Fever»
dSTREAM, #108

Triple Fever brings together three distinct voices from the vibrant French scene of modern jazz. Pianist Benoît Delbecq is known for his many bands and projects (Weave 4, The Weight of Light) as well as collaborations with American and Canadian musicians (Illegal Crowns, 4 Gentle Ghosts). He is an established explorer on the scene, composer and sonic adventurer who draws inspiration from Pygmee chants, Duke Ellington and calligraphy. Drummer Guilhem Flouzat is a musician-songwriter-bandleader who grounds his groove and sense of exploration in old standards. Double bass player Étienne Renard is the youngest one but he is pretty much everywhere on the Paris scene today and writes music with quicksilver shifts reflecting his acute musical awareness. The trio recorded its debut EP at Studio de Meudon in January 2022.

Triple Fever offers five short pieces – two by Renard, two by Flouzat and one by Delbecq, but this trio already established its own dynamics and sonic identity. It acts in a total democratic mode, with rhythmic freedom and its music flows naturally and playfully but this trio has a clear quest to search for the invisible and the unspoken in its own and patient manner. And it is working just fine. The mysterious structures of the trio gradually reveal their full beauty and wisdom to the listener and the trio’s best piece, Flouzat’s «Log Lady» concludes this fine EP. Waiting anxiously for a full album of this gifted trio.

Eyal Hareuveni

Benoît Delbecq (piano), Étienne Renard (double bass), Guilhem Flouzat (drums)