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Benoît Delbecq, piano - Mark Turner, tenor sax - John Hébert, bass - Gerald Cleaver, drums
This band was premiered in NYC early 2016. Recorded for Clean Feed in June 2017, out Spring 2018.  Touring Europe May 02-14, 2018. Booking: Rob Leurentop. Photo by John Rogers, June 2017.

S e c r e t   H e r o e s
secret heroesphoto Igor Juget
Benoît Delbecq, piano, drum 'n bass station - Jozef Dumoulin, Fender Rhodes and drum'n bass station - Gilbert Nouno, laptop - featuring Ashley Slater on vocals and trombone.
This band was premiered at the IRCAM Manifeste Festival in June 2016. More to come about this band.

D e l b e c q   3
Benoît Delbecq, piano
Miles Perkin, bass
Emile Biayenda, drums

This band is Benoît's first ever piano-bass-drums trio he's launched after 20 years of otherly dimensioned projects and collectives. "The Sixth Jump" (Songlines, 2010, with JJ Avenel on bass - who passed away Aug 2014) draw a worldwide acclaim including The New York Times "Best of 2010" as well as a Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros (2010, the french Grammy awards). Today Canadian Berlin-based bass ace Miles Perkin is on bass.
INK, Delbecq 3 new record is out Sept 09, 2015 on Cleanfeed. Recorded July 2-3, 2014 at Studio de Meudon by Etienne Bultingaire and Julien Bassières.

O DELBECQ 3 - THE SIXTH JUMP (Songlines, 2010)

B e n o î t   D e l b e c q   a n d   F r e d  H e r s c h   double trio 
Fun House

Benoît Delbecq: piano
Fred Hersch: piano

Jean-Jacques Avenel: bass
Mark Helias: bass

Gerry Hemingway: 
Steve Argüelles: drums and live electronic processing

Recorded in May 2012 at Studio de Meudon by Etienne Bultingaire, mixed at PlushSpace Paris by Etienne Bultingaire and Benoît Delbecq.

This rare double-trio configuration is a ground-breaking encounter between jazz piano and the sonic wealth of contemporary classical music, between American tradition and the European avant-garde, but above all between two fantastic pianists. Fred Hersch, whose quest for absolute beauty and impeccable virtuosity has become legendary, meets one of Europe’s most prominent pianists and composers Benoît Delbecq, who combines the soul of jazz with the prepared piano techniques of John Cage. Adding to this is Steve Argüelles's creative live-electronics "assistance and obstacles" as well as four of the greatest rhythm section players of today. (after BimHuis Amsterdam, May 2012)

Ce double trio est par bien des aspects une rencontre révolutionnaire, entre le piano jazz et les richesses sonores de la musique classique contemporaine, entre la tradition Américaine et l'avant-garde Européenne, mais, surtout, entre deux fantastiques pianistes ! Fred Hersch - dont la virtusoité et la quête de beauté absolue est désormais légendaire - rencontre Benoît Delbecq, l'un des pianistes et compsiteurs Européens parmi les plus marquants qui mêle l'âme du jazz aux techniques du piano préparé chères à John Cage. A cela s'ajoute la créativité de l'électronique in situ de Steve Argüelles et deux des sections rythmiques parmi les plus lumineuses d'aujourd'hui.
(d'après BimHuis Amsterdam, may 2012)


nu turn    circles
B e n o î t   D e l b e c q     s o l o   p i a n o
Benoit has released two solo piano discs, "Nu-Turn" (Songlines, 2003) and "Circles and Calligrams" (Songlines, 2010), the latter has received the Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros (2010, the french Grammy awards) and received the "Best of 2010 Jazz/Pop" review in the New York Times. A singular approach of the piano where "horizontal meets vertical, rythmically new fangled" (Steve Lacy, 1996) and a personal use of prepared piano.

C r e s c e n d o  i n  D u k e  - since 2012. 
After an idea by nato label producer Jean Rochard, this band is a multi-format band dedicated to the music of Duke Ellington. The CD "Crescendo in Duke" (nato, 2012)  features finest members of the Minneapolis scene as well as Paris and London and has received a warm applause around the world. With JJ Avenel, Steve Argüelles, Antonin-Tri Hoang, Tony Coe, Tony Malaby...


Benoît Delbecq, piano and the Lutoslawski quartet (Poland) - since 2012
with Miles Perkin, bass 
This project was commissioned by the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, and premiered at the Wroclaw Philarmony on November 4th, 2012. More details and some audio to come soon.

D e l b e c q  U n i t   Phonetics  - since 2003.
With Benoit Delbecq, piano - Mark Turner, tenor sax - Oene Van Geel, viola - Mark Helias, bass - Emile Biayenda, drums
This band unites Benoit's collaboration with Emile Biayenda (Jazz Mic Mac tour in Central Africa, 1994), two master US players from two generations and the unique Oene Van Geel on viola. Best of 2004 in Jazz Magazine and Jazz'man.

O DELBECQ UNIT - Phonetics (Songlines, 2004)

D e l b e c q 5  - since 2000.
With Benoit Delbecq, piano - Michael Moore, clar and alto sax - François Houle, clar - JJ Avenel, bass - Steve Argüelles, drums and electronics.
This band is a gem of Benoît's writing and conceptions of group interplay. A group of master improvisers, added to that a daring and exciting use of on-the-fly electronic assistance and obstacles by Steve Argüelles. Best of 2000 in Jazz Magazine and Jazz'man.

O DELBECQ 5 - Pursuit (Songlines, 2000)

and also

P a i n t i n g s Benoit Delbecq quartet  - since 1992
With Benoit Delbecq, piano - Guillaume Orti, sax - Joe Carver, bass - Steve Argüelles, drums.
Benoît's first release as a leader. The members of this band met at the Steve Coleman Jazz Workshop of the Banff Centre (Canada) in 1990. 

O Benoit Delbecq - Paintings (Deux Z, 1993, out of print at this time)


























































































































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