David Helbock´s Random/Control
"Tour d´Horizon“ – From Brubeck to Zawinul
CD Release 25th of May 2018 on ACT Music
David Helbock – Piano, Inside Piano, Electronics, Percussion
Johannes Bär – Trumpet, Piccolotrumpet, Tuba, Beatbox, Didgeridoo, Electronics, Percussion
Andreas Broger – Sopransax, Tenorsax, Clarinet, Bassclarinet, Flute, Percussion
Austrian pianist David Helbock has been called “a consistent trail-blazer” and “a gifted story-teller at the piano” (quote from 3sat Kulturzeit). In his ACT debut album “Into the Mystic” (2016), he left his personal and individual imprint on well-known compositions from Beethoven to Thelonious Monk and John Williams, setting them in a context of mythology, legends and the spiritual.
For this new outing with the Random/Control Trio, Helbock concentrates mainly on pianists who have been his musical role models. His new album is a “Tour d'Horizon” – as the title suggests – of the greats of the jazz piano.
‘Covers’ is an inadequate word to describe the way Helbock interprets and adapts these pieces, his approach to the classics of jazz piano history is far too individual for that. And originality begins with the instrumentation he uses: Helbock has entrusted the project to his percussionless Random/Control Trio with two multi-instrumental wind virtuosi Andreas Broger and Johannes Bär. These friends from the Vorarlberg region of Austria have already made a name for themselves as humorous sound anarchists at the ‘Holstuonarmusigbigbandclub’ (HMBC), and have even climbed up the pop charts. This pair of one-man bands brings a particular brand of anarchy. This approach is to the fore in Abdullah Ibrahim's tune “African Marketplace”. It bursts with joie de vivre, and provides the ideal entry point into this “Tour d'Horizon”. Using over 20 instruments including a didgeridoo and a tuba, they make sense of the title quite literally. Helbock doesn’t just play the keys of the piano, he also hits the strings directly and plays percussively on the piano’s wooden case.
Shrill flutes, beatboxing voices or synthesizer sounds… this trio of whirling dervishes use everything imaginable – and more – in a rousing power trip through Helbock's highly personal musical history. The jazz spirit of “Tour d'Horizon” fires up the glowing embers of tradition and turns them into a blazing beacon for the future.
“David Helbock is a musician to watch. […] An impeccable pianist with a clear, crisp touch.” – Jazzwise (GB)
“Accomplished, melodic playing” – The London Times (GB)
“A trio with real character and originality.” – The Jazz Breakfast (GB)
“Simply indescribable.” – Jazz thing (DE)
“Exciting and full of surprises and delights.” – Les Inrocks (FR)