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Sbatax 38:43


After “Heretofore” (Umlaut Records, 2015), “Sbatax” is the second CD by the duo of Bertrand Denzler and Antonin Gerbal. 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.

CDs and vinyls are available on our website: www.umlautrecords.com

What the press said :

Noteworthy for this one-take October 2019 sesh is the unflagging energy of the music, which starts out as a skyrocket in the stratosphere and pretty much stays up for all of 38:40.
Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector, February 3, 2021


Anyone wondering whether there is still life in the tenor/drum duo format should dig this one up.
Michael Rosenstein, Dusted Magazine, January 29, 2021


Sbatax is certainly a free jazz recording. But the language they choose to present on this cd is not a fixed form, but an open one. Open to new dynamic interpretations of the saxophone’s timbre, experimentations of the possibilities of the drums in all its percussive range (should I say rage?) while attending one another’s thoughts and ideas of how to proceed.
Fotis Nikolakopoulos, freejazzblog.org, December 8, 2020


released August 27, 2020

Bertrand Denzler : tenor saxophone
Antonin Gerbal : drums

Music : Bertrand Denzler (Suisa) and Antonin Gerbal (Gema)
Recording : Au Topsi Pohl, Berlin . October 26th 2019
Engineering and mix : Andrew Levine (Blumlein Records, Hamburg)
Mastering : Jean-Pierre Bouquet (L’Autre Studio, Vaires-sur-Marne)
Photo : Benjamin Denzler
Design : Erica Saïdah
Acknowledgements : Michael Griener, Andrew Levine, Jean-Pierre Bouquet and Au Topsi Pohl


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Umlaut is a music collective born in 2004 in Stockholm, which then opened two branches in Berlin and Paris.

« Transformation of sound » is the motto around which they gathered to produce records, organize concerts, discover new artists and play music together.

The collective works to spread a music that is too rarely shared and discovered.
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