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Monday, August 24, 2009

Abdelhaï Bennani Trio - In Side (Ayler, 2009) ****

Recorded before "There Starts The Future", but released just now, this new album by the Abdelhaï Bennani Trio is still good but lacks the powerful intensity and unreleased tension of the previous release. Benjamin Duboc is on bass and Didier Lasserre on drums. The style here is as improvisational and minimalistic, in the sense that not many notes are played, but their sound quality is quite intense, and in contrast to the agony expressed in the other album, the tone here is more intimistic, equally fragile, but less existentially deep. If you liked the trio's other albums, then this one will certainly please you too, and if you don't know the band, I would suggest that "There Starts The Future" is possibly the better starting point. The trio has carved out its own style, and it works really well : creative and emotional sound pointillism.

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