Lute Music In A Unique Instrumental Setting
Gilbert Isbin, lute, compositions – Xavier Rau, upright bass – Peter Vangheluwe, percussion
Highly melodic music with colourful jazz harmonies, contrapuntual lines and sophisticated rhythms.
NEW CD !
Gilbert Isbin masters the lute as a reborn instrument with a contemporary twist’. (Bernard Lefèvre, Jazz’halo) Read the whole review
‘What is striking, from the first listening, is the purity of the sound, the natural lyricism of the lute, well highlighted by an attentive and delicate rhythm section.’ (Claude Loxhay, Jazz’halo) Read the whole review
‘Yes Love is an album that really doesn’t contain any weak composition and was created by three musicians who communicate flawlessly’. (Paul Godderis Jazz’halo) Read the whole review ‘Overall, the new CD ‘Yes Love’ with the Isbin Trio is a highly recommended new release’ (Carsten Timpe – Lauteninfo) Read the whole review
‘Gilbert Isbin proves once again with ‘Yes Love’ that the professional use of the lute in combination with the right music companions can lead to extremely fascination listening material’. (Georges Tonla Briquet, Jazzenzo, Nederland) Read more
‘Pure georgeous jazz’. (Hans Invernizzi, Kazzflits N°331) Read more
Truly wonderful music! Of course I love Blue in Green and your original compositions are incredibly unique and inspired! You have developed such an original sound and approach to both composing and performing with the trio. (Stephen Anderson, guitarist and author of Visions, a book on Lenny Breau’s Music)
Interview Brugsch Handelsblad (S. Van Volcem) ‘The context of the lute was always historical. Gilbert Isbin hasssss, as a composer and performer, since long put the instrument into a contemporary context, hereby not bothered by jazz influences. Yet the lute remains its true self. A Great Cd.’. Geluit/Lutinerie ‘Isbin has found the perfect alliance between simplicity, beauty and spirituality.’
Review Dragon Jazz (Pierre Dulieu)
Gilbert Isbin is a consummate musician and a gifted composer. Over the years he has worked and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the jazz and improvisation scene such as Cameron Brown, Joe Fonda, Scott Walton, Hugh Hopper, Jeff Gauthier, Vinny Golia, John Ruocco, Ernst Reijseger, Jaap Blonk, Michel Godard, Wolfgang Reisinger, Chris Joris, … His style is very poetic and influenced by jazz, early music and contemporary classical music. Isbin plays both electric and acoustic guitars, and only a couple of years ago he started studying and playing the lute. His compositions (guitar, lute and ensemble) are published by Berben Edizioni Musicali, Mel Bay, The UK Lute Society and Kindle Publishing (Amazon).
On many occasions Isbin has worked with double bassist Xavier Rau and percussionist Peter Vangheluwe. The word uncommon comes up when describing his unique lute-led trio with a double bassist and a drummer. “Yes Love” is the fruitful result of their intense collaboration. Although mostly Isbin’s own compositions there is also that great Bill Evans/Miles Davis classic “Blue In Green”, as well as Jan Garbarek’s “Singsong”, a wonderful melody with constant harmonic modulations. “Wawacou” and “Troubled” from Isbin’s “Spring Cleaning” album get fresh new arrangements. “Gift To The Fall” is from the “Venice Suite” CD and sounds very airy and open. Isbin’s melodic lines and Rau’s warm and full-bodied sound are coloured by the intelligent fills of percussionist Vangheluwe. The recording engineer has done an amazing job and the music has a crystal clear and sparkling sound. This album is a treat for all music lovers. (Jos Demol Nov.5th 2019)