Starting out with just a couple of musical ideas and the idea that the world could use more dark jazz, Dutch duo Trigg & Gusset combine cinematic eerie synth pads with very slow grooves and lush melodies. This can be clearly heard on their debut album "Legacy of the Witty".
“We wanted to make music where electronics and acoustic
instruments work together, taking an equal share in the sound,” says Bart Knol (keys). “This helped us develop the typical sound of Trigg & Gusset.”
“The starting point for Legacy of the Witty was to create slow dark repetitive music with a certain amount of improvisation,” says Erik van Geer (clarinet, saxophone). “So Legacy for the Witty is a trip down the chambers of dark jazz. Somewhere in this darkness, light can be found and the end of the tunnel – although it’s possible that the end of the tunnel might never be reached!
All music by Bart Knol and Erik van Geer
Bart Knol – keys, beats, synths, samples
Erik van Geer – tenor sax, bass clarinet
Dominique Bentvelsen – double bass on track 1, 2, 5 and 10.
Recorded and mastered at Unity Soundlab, Holland
Photo by Jochen Bongaerts. Design by Sarah Drake
2013 © Preserved Sound PS11
"There is something deliciously dark and mysterious about the film noir-esque sounds presented on 'Legacy of the Witty' by Trigg & Gusset on Preserved Sound ... something very David Lynch. Slow, lazy percussion ... haunting piano ... and some seriously sensual yet rather melancholic saxophone ... all come together to make this late night soundtrack. Add the odd synth and percussive sample ... and wow, what an album. There is even a double bass on a few tracks which is just icing on the cake ... With Bart Knol on keys, beats, synths, and samples ... and Erik van Geer on tenor sax and bass clarinet ... this is some lovely music. Throw in Dominique Bentvelsen on double bass on four of the tracks and you have something beautiful indeed. The melodies articulated by the saxophone are simply breathtaking ... they are the eloquent expression of someone who knows how to play ... and play well. Passionate & expressive yet unhurried ... I found these melodies an utter joy to consume..."
Published in June 2013 in: www.headphonaught.co.uk/2013/06/loving-legacy-of-witty-by-trigg-and.html