Antoine Pierre Urbex quintet
Antoine Pierre drums
Jean-Paul Estiévenart trumpet
Bert Cools guitar
except on 07/04: Fréd Malempré percussions
Félix Zurstrassen electric bass
Bram De Looze piano on 30/04
Fabian Fiorini piano on 20, 22, 23, 24/03 and 07/04
Jozef Dumoulin piano on 28 and 29/03
Pascal Mohy piano on 03 and 05/04
Antoine Pierre, a staple of jazz in Belgium, is powerfully back with a second hypnotic album. His music, fed by the virtuosity and invention of the instrumentalists, is permeated by the communication and sharing of the soloists, to deliver pure moments of creative joy.
The tracks on the new release, "Sketches of Nowhere", mark a bold new step for Urbex: the atmosphere is more hypnotic. Bram Delooze’s acoustic piano melts into the electrifying effects of Bert Cools. Félix Zurstrassen is still the pillar of the group around which all the lines of force converge. But his bass riffs have become more groovy and lively, with the characteristic impacts of electronic music. Jean-Paul Estiévenart’s trumpet adds, once again, a stubborn and powerful dimension to the overall sound of the group. He offers the cries, tears and laughter of Antoine’s music.
The compositions of Sketches Of Nowhere are also more open: they are contained by the rhythm section and the harmonic focus, but leave plenty of room for change and global creativity as individual. They can be played in one hundred possible versions, according to the unfathomable and unpredictable parameters of the present moment. Volumes and dynamics are in perpetual motion; the group's cohesion is constantly put to the test in this triumphant exercise of listening and feeling. The public attends moments of pure creation that transcend the custom of the solo to make it collective ...
New CD ‘Sketches Of Nowhere’ (Igloo Records - April 2018)