Artist: Igor Gehenot
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A revelation with his trio, winner of numerous awards and hailed by the Brit-ish magazine Jazzwise, the young Belgian pianist Igor Gehenot has brought together the cream of Europe’s young jazz scene in a new quartet project called “Delta”.
After two albums as a trio for the Igloo label (“Road Story” in 2012 and “Motion” in 2014), the charismatic young Belgian pianist called on a solid rhythm section, the young Swedish double-bassist Viktor Nyberg and the Luxembourg drummer Jérôme Klein. To complete this high-flying quartet, he brought in the bugle-player Alex Tassel, a leading figure on the French scene both in terms of electric and acoustic jazz. Winner of an Adami Jazz Talents award in 2011, Tassel has shared stages with major names such as Daniel Romeo, Rick Margitza, Jacques Schwartz-Bart, DJ Cam and Baptiste Trotignon.
Recorded in October 2016 for the Igloo label, the “Delta” project offers music in Gehenot’s lyrical style, alternating between strong melodies, solid grooves and elegant swing. Using unabashedly lyrical and romantic sounds, Gehenot and his partners play music that is rich in poetry and colour, giving each note room to open up and arrive at the essence.
“In good company, Igor Gehenot brilliantly negotiates the milestone of the third album and continues his personal evolution by playing on the forms. His imagination, his melodic sense and deep sensitivity, however, are still intact. This new production has no trouble reaching the same level of success as the first two. (…) His music still bears the mark of a deep nostalgia, even evoking Nordic tones of which the Munich label ECM is the incarnation. The overall sound is moving, especially on the magnificent “Sleepless Night”, perfect for nocturnal meditation. “Moni”, “Abysses” and “Johanna” extend this dreamlike atmosphere where the rhythm seems to play behind a veil while the pianist sketches some saturnine chords and the bugle-player flirts with both silence and weightlessness.” (P. Dulieu)