THE Hadouk trio from France are the latest visitors to Hebden Bridge’s HX7 Jazz Club next Thursday, September 22.
Winners of the prestigious award Victoires de la Musique Jazz in 2008 with their fourth album “Utopies”, Hadouk are playing in the UK for the first time since the 1990s and visit Hebden Bridge the night before opening the Scarborough Jazz Festival.
Despite their vast array of credits and overwhelming number of instruments on call, the band’s strength is its subtlety.
Hadouk play their own blend of acoustic jazz – no note is wasted or overplayed. The band is currently promoting its fifth studio album “Air”.
Band leader and saxophonist Didier Malherbe also plays doudouk (an Armenian oboe), flutes ocarina and khen.
He is best known as one of the founder members of legendary French band Gong - pioneers within the psychedelic movement from 1970 onwards.
While Gong incorporated elements of punk, swirling synthesisers, folk and wild guitar soloing in their sound, it was Didier who provided the effortless virtuoso soloing that enabled the band to crossover into jazz fusion territory in the mid-1970s.
Didier has continued to guest with Gong in the last 20 years and also recorded several acclaimed jazz albums of his own, but from the late 1990s started to devote his passions to the Hadouk project.
Loy Ehrlich - who plays both keyboards and stringed instruments such as the hajouj (or gumbri, African bass), kora, sanza and gumbass - made his name in the 1980s with the likes of Touré Kounda, Bill Laswell, Ginger Baker, Youssou N’Dour and Peter Gabriel. He also recorded and mixed the band’s most recent album.
Steve Shehan plays djembe, congas, sanza, derbouka and hadgini as well as a conventional drum kit and has performed with such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, Nitin Sawhney and John McLaughlin.
Malherbe describes Shehan as “an amazing person, half American, half Swedish, half French - that makes three halves, which is just as well for him because he is superman!”
HX7 Jazz takes place monthly on a Thursday at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge.
Doors open at 7.30pm with live music starting at 8pm and the headline band starting at 8.30pm.
For more information or to book tickets, call 01422 845265 or visit www.hx7jazz.com.