Jean-Marc Hébert - L'Origine Éclatée

Jean-Marc Hébert  - L'Origine Éclatée


self produced

Jean-Marc Hébert is a guitarist and composer based in Canada, initially trained in classical guitar which shows in the economy and precision of his playing. This is his third project as a composer/leader after "L'Autre" (2007) and "L'Attente" (2018) recorded with Marianne Trudel and Rémi-Jean Leblanc.

For "L'Origine éclatée" he has recruited three of the most highly regarded jazz musicians in Canada: Pierre Tanguay, drums, Lex French, trumpet and Morgan Moore double bass. They are all very fine players who work together to create a carefully tuned ensemble.

The style is built around arpeggiated guitar figures with conversational bass and drum parts - rather than "grooves" - and strong trumpet lines, sometimes with Harmon mute. Hébert's echo treated and "squeezed" electric guitar sound often recalls Bill Frisell. The compositions have nicely oblique modal melodies which also remind me of Michael Landau, albeit with less blues bending and more bebop lines. The approach to combining guitar, bass, drums and trumpet also produces sonic similarities with the current Steve Gadd band, quite an achievement in itself.

Hébert mentions influences from African and Indian music. African elements are most prominent on "Terre rouge", a beautiful atmospheric track with pizzicato guitar, pentatonic melodies and a 16 beat rhythm not unlike Orchestra Baobab. It's one of two tracks featuring just the trio of guitar, bass and drums. The Indian influence is more apparent in the form of the compositions, which rely on collective improvisation to develop the themes and modes, and also to create tension and release. To my ears this is more successful on some tracks than others.

After a few listens the themes of each composition are memorable and haunting, and I imagine the band is exciting to see live. The album has a great sonic unity and its strengths include inventive improvisation from all four musicians and a superbly spacious recording.

Even better, it's available on Bandcamp so you can listen up to three times before deciding to buy.

© Stephen Godsall


In case you LIKE us, please click here:

Foto © Leentje Arnouts
cycle d’interviews réalisées
par Georges Tonla Briquet

our partners:

Clemens Communications

Markt 2 -


Silvère Mansis
(10.9.1944 - 22.4.2018)
foto © Dirck Brysse

Rik Bevernage
(19.4.1954 - 6.3.2018)
foto © Stefe Jiroflée

Philippe Schoonbrood
foto © Dominique Houcmant

Claude Loxhay
(18/02/1947 – 02/11/2023)
foto © Marie Gilon

Special thanks to our photographers:

Petra Beckers
Ron Beenen
Annie Boedt
Klaas Boelen
Henning Bolte

Serge Braem
Cedric Craps
Christian Deblanc
Philippe De Cleen
Paul De Cloedt
Cindy De Kuyper

Koen Deleu
Ferdinand Dupuis-Panther
Anne Fishburn
Federico Garcia
Robert Hansenne
Serge Heimlich
Dominique Houcmant
Stefe Jiroflée
Herman Klaassen
Philippe Klein

Jos L. Knaepen
Tom Leentjes
Hugo Lefèvre

Jacky Lepage
Olivier Lestoquoit
Eric Malfait
Simas Martinonis
Nina Contini Melis
Anne Panther
Jean-Jacques Pussiau
Arnold Reyngoudt
Jean Schoubs
Willy Schuyten

Frank Tafuri
Jean-Pierre Tillaert
Tom Vanbesien
Jef Vandebroek
Geert Vandepoele
Guy Van de Poel
Cees van de Ven
Donata van de Ven
Harry van Kesteren
Geert Vanoverschelde
Roger Vantilt
Patrick Van Vlerken
Marie-Anne Ver Eecke
Karine Vergauwen
Frank Verlinden

Jan Vernieuwe
Anders Vranken
Didier Wagner

and to our writers:

Mischa Andriessen
Robin Arends
Marleen Arnouts
Werner Barth
José Bedeur
Henning Bolte
Erik Carrette
Danny De Bock
Denis Desassis
Pierre Dulieu
Ferdinand Dupuis-Panther
Federico Garcia
Paul Godderis
Stephen Godsall
Jean-Pierre Goffin
Claudy Jalet
Bernard Lefèvre
Mathilde Löffler
Claude Loxhay
Ieva Pakalniškytė
Anne Panther
Etienne Payen
Jacques Prouvost
Yves « JB » Tassin
Herman te Loo
Eric Therer
Georges Tonla Briquet
Henri Vandenberghe
Iwein Van Malderen
Jan Van Stichel
Olivier Verhelst