Aux actes Monké
Au travers des saisons
Le chat dans la meditation
Un air sur la Lys
Thierry Derckel (piano)
Jacinto Carbajal (acoustic bass, bugle)
Marc Berthoumieux (accordion and additional keyboard)
Olivier Louvel (guitars)
rec. 2018, Jazz Club of Dunkirk, France
Thierry Derckel has played the piano since the age of nine, and from early
on was attracted to jazz. He later had tuition at Center Music Didier
Lockwood in the class of Benoit Sourisse and André Charlier, followed by
four years at the Conservatory of Dunkerque with Philippe Michel. Carine
Bonnefoy was his final teacher at the Conservatory of music in Cachan,
France. Derckel honed his trade in the jazz clubs of Paris, and has been a
frequent visitor to the Jazz Club of Dunkerque, where this album was
recorded in April and September 2018. Derckel’s multi-talents include
pianist, organist, composer and arranger. At Home is his fourth
album, and eight of the tracks were written by him, with the final track My Romance by Richard Rogers.
The album takes its title from the opening track At home, which has
a warm intimate and familiar feel about it. Derckel is supported by
bass and drums. I particularly like the discreet percussion effects
of Stéphane Wils adding some discreet touches to the ends of phrases.
Margeride, which follows, is relaxed and laid-back. The bugle
is featured prominently, and Carbajal weaves an expressive counter-melody
around the piano line. Dreamy, relaxed and idyllic, Synchronicité
is one of my favorite tracks. Marc Berthoumieux's accordion makes
its one and only appearance, providing persuasive colour and halcyon
calm. I also like the hypnotic effect of Le chat dans la meditation.
The ostinato-type chords on the piano provide a backdrop for some
mezmerizing meanderings by the bugle. The upbeat rhythms of Félicité
bring us firmly back to earth. Derckel’s ingenious working of
the standard My Romance by Richard Rogers is the perfect
vehicle to showcase his imaginative improvisatory piano skills.
All told, I enjoyed the album very much, and the recording engineers have
worked wonders in achieving a perfect balance of all instrumentalists in
the final mix. The applause, after the last number, signals that the music
has been taken from a live event.