Recorded in 1994

Guillaume Orti alto & soprano saxophones Benoît Delbecq piano

Hubert Dupont bass Benjamin Henocq drums

Ind. Title Composer Dur.
1/ High Steak Hubert Dupont 7:37
2/ Slices (dedicated to Steve Lacy) Benoît Delbecq 7:08
3/ Le pas suspendu Benjamin Henocq 5:14
4/ N'être ou ne pas naître Benoît Delbecq 5:59
5/ Brushes 4:07
6/ Spôtz Kartet 1:11
7/ Mécamorphe Guillaume Orti 4:07
8/ Z 4:31
9/ Paradoxes Benoît Delbecq 3:58
10/ Comme si Hubert Dupont 2:50
11/ Brunaire Guillaume Orti 7:02
12/ High Steak bis Hubert Dupont 5:24

Recorded on November 1994 at Studio Cactus, Marseille. Engineer: Christian Noël.

Producer: Collectif Hask.

Photo & covert art: Jules G.


The tone, articulation and overall conception apparent in Kartet's jazz/improvised music indicates B classical roots. The impression is further reinforced by the group's regular and effective use of rich, contrapuntal webs, a vital aspect of contemporary "straight" music.

Unfortunately, their individual stylings aren't as striking as their varied, mostly interesting, vividly realized constructs which, on the opener (and it's closing reprise) and Slices, dedicated to Steve Lacy, are downright ambitious.

Milo Fine (Cadence Vol. 22 No. 2, 2/96)