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Denzler-Gerbal «Sbatax»

2021/04/01 @ 8:00 AM @ Club Wakuum, Griesgasse 25/1


Bertrand Denzler / tenor saxophone
Antonin Gerbal / drums

After «Heretofore» (Umlaut Records, 2015), the duo of Bertrand Denzler and Antonin Gerbal has just published «Sbatax» (Umlaut Records, 2020). This time, the two musicians explore another side of their music, focusing on aspects such as flow, speed and patterns.
Denzler and Gerbal work together since 2011, whether as a duo or with groups and projects like Zoor, Denzler-Gerbal-Dörner, Onceim, CCP3 and Protocluster, which have released albums on Umlaut Records, Confront Recordings, DDS, Shiiin and Remote Resonator.
«Overall, really impressive and one of the strongest free jazz dates I’ve heard in a very long time».
– Brian Olewnick
«The sax hits hard, the drums know how to whistle. Or the other way around, if you like things straight.»
– Guillaume Malvoisin, Pointbreak
«Gerbal is in constant motion here, more Hamid Drake than Ali, and more Billy Higgins than Sunny Murray. His performance is the accelerant for Denzler’s tenor exploits, who drops whole notes then pushes his horn to the brink, working the edges of overblown intensity.»
– Mark Corroto, All About Jazz
«One of the most original propositions I’ve heard in a long time.»
– Joël Pagier, Revue & Corrigée
«This is high energy power music.»
– Stef Gijssels,