Jobic Le Masson: Hill
Jobic Le Masson (piano)
Jobic Le Masson (piano),
Peter Giron (bass), John Betsch (drums).
Composed by Jobic Le Masson.
Recorded: Montreuil, France, February 10-11, 2007
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
The title of this track has nothing to do with geography or landscapes. It's a dedication to the late Andrew Hill, one of Jobic Le Masson's big influences along with Thelonious Monk. And indeed, the angular yet beautiful melody the French pianist has composed is much in the style of those two masters, while having a personal twist. Which figures, since neither Le Masson nor his partners are youngsters. Though this is his first record as a leader, Le Masson is in his early 40s and lived, studied and played in the Boston area in the 1980s before returning to Paris. John Betsch and Peter Giron, fellow American expatriates in Paris, are both seasoned musicians. Besides, this trio has a long history of playing clubs in and around the French capital before they recorded. So naturally they don't sound like your average young hip trio that looks towards either EST or Brad Mehldau. These three know better than to go with the current flow. They have strong roots, tons of musicianship and a vision that goes far beyond the prevalent fads.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum