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About The Weight of Light, piano solo (Pyroclastic Records, 2021)

 Un art singulier qui n'a pas fini de nous émerveiller.
           A singular art which, again, amaze us. ___ Pascal Rozat / Jazz Magazine.

eluCitizen Jazz Award

Un art singulier qui n'a pas fini de nous émerveiller.
A singular art which, once again, amazes us. ___ Pascal Rozat / Jazz Magazine FR

Exhilaratingly buoyant and satisfyingly substantial, this long overdue solo set is music to treasure.
Julian Cowley - THE WIRE (UK)   

Delbecq has found a way of making time slow down so that we have to hear his world in a new way or with new ears. There is something very hopeful about creating a New World from fragments of the previous one.
Bruce Lee Gallanter – Downtown Music Gallery New York

***** ABSOLUTE SOUND

Delbecq's music is beyond categorisation, and a true delight.
***** Stef Gijssels / The Free Jazz Collective (NL)

For Delbecq, the prepared alienation is not a dogma; rather, if a piece suggests it, he also allows the pure piano sound to apply, which all in all results in poetic piano music that never gets tangled in clichés, but instead shimmers, sparkles and shines in a variety of ways.
Christoph Wagner – ***** in Jazzthetik (GER)

It’s a mysterious and moving artistic statement from a richly important voice in contemporary improvised music.
Sam Leak – London Jazz News (UK)

The Weight of Light is another innovative addition to Delbecq’s discography. It is provocative without being abstruse and personal without being self-indulgent. It makes for a mesmerizing listening experience one that leads to fresh discoveries with each spin.
Hrayr Attarian – The Chicago Jazz Journal (USA)

On the video of "Anamorphoses," asparagus-sized twigs of pine poke up from between the strings as if a tree were sprouting from inside the piano - visual poetry to reinforce the music's mysterioso quality. 
Kevin Whitehead / NPR Fresh Air (USA)

Whether as a bandleader or member, Delbecq’s playing is truly one-of-a-kind. Stripped of any additional accompaniment, the way in which he approaches his material is clearly heard. It’s a spectacular study in rhythm and space.
Stuart Derdeyn - The Vancouver Sun (CAN)

In what feels like a magic trick of telepathic synchronicity, Delbecq’s recital mirrors my agitated sense of impatience and hope. Delbecq’s meditative approach to prepared piano also elucidates the mysteries of the sacred texts I study each day. The Weight of Light could be characterized as jazz, but it sounds more like music John Cage might have composed for use in Egyptian ceremonial rites three thousand years ago.
Bill Brownlee – There Stands the Glass (USA)

The Weight of Light' stimulates your senses with penetrating, contrasting and eclectic piano playing of light and dark, as intense as the abstract expressionism of Mark Rothko.
Bernard Lefèvre – Jazz Halo (B)

In the vast history of jazz piano, there have been very few pianists who sound like no one else. One is Benoît Delbecq.
Thomas Conrad / JAZZTIMES (USA)

A tightrope walker like work.
Jean-Jacques Birgé / MEDIAPART (FR)

Whether as a bandleader or member, Delbecq’s playing is truly one-of-a-kind. Stripped of any additional accompaniment, the way in which he approaches his material is clearly heard. It’s a spectacular study in rhythm and space.
Stuart Derdeyn - The Vancouver Sun (CAN)

Bathed in a mixture of softness and strangeness, the listener, captivated by the fragmented projection of this pianistic prowess, ends up losing himself, with delight, in a schizophrenic listening for the unity of the creator is called into question, his expressiveness demultiplied. This is not the least of the audacities of this fascinating hallucinatory mechanism.
Nicolas Dourlhès / Citizen Jazz (FR)

These compositions constantly shape and reshape themselves, offering new ways to experience time and space.
Eyal Hareuveni / Salt Peanuts (ISR)


Press quotes


"A thoughtful chill runs through the music of Benoît Delbecq, a french pianist of investigative temperament and crystalline technique." The New York Times

"Utterly fascinating." The Daily Telegraph

"A seeker who finds." Télérama

"A voyage into a land of magic." Le Monde

"A profound originality."  Jazz In Time

"A pianist who deserves full attention." The Village Voice

"A wonderful improviser." The Guardian

"Delbecq, the forerunner."  Le Monde

‘The newest in new.’ Popmatters.com

"Plenty of forward-thinking jazz pianists have been painted with a modern-classical brush, but few have approached improvisation armed with the manual vocabularies demanded by Cage, Ligeti and the like with the same diligence and flair as Parisian keyboardist Delbecq."  Time Out New York



"Un chercheur qui trouve." Télérama


"Une personnalité à part, incasable dans une catégorie." Libération

"Un piano-monde." Les Inrockuptibles

‘L’un des artistes parmi les plus créatifs et innovants, maître d’un art singulier.’ La Terrasse

‘Un voyage en terre de magie’.  Le Monde

‘L’un des plus passionnants pianistes de la nouvelle génération.’  Télérama

‘Du grand art.' Jazz Magazine

‘De magnifiques aquarelles de son.’  De Volkstrandt

‘Une profonde originalité.’ Jazz in Time

"Complètement fascinant."  The Daily Telegraph

‘Un vent de fraîcheur souffle sur la musique de Benoît Delbecq.’ The New York Times

"Delbecq, l'éclaireur." Le Monde


















   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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