At 27, Jean-Paul Estiévenart already has
a career behind him – and before him
too, needless to say. Although he has
played and still performs – pretty well – with a bunch of bands such as Bundle,
Collapse, Al Orkesta, Fabrizio Graceffa
Group, the Jazz Station Big Band and the
Brussels Jazz Orchestra from time to
time. Although he won the Django d’Or
in 2006, he was the Belgian artist in the European Young Jazz Orchestra in 2007, he received the Octave de la Musique in 2009, he still has much to explore. But more than that, he still has much to give.
With this trio, the musician is presenting - at last – his own project. Trumpet, bass, drums: a trio without a harmonic instrument, a trio that is therefore very open. And we know that Sam Gerstmans, a solid and inventive bassist, and Antoine Pierre, a creative young drummer, plough into open spaces just like Jean-Paul himself.
Compositions by the trumpet player and
arrangements of standards are on the
lively trio’s sophisticated but musclebound menu.