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JOEL GRIP | bass

Oùat is an excellent Paris-Berlin piano trio also invested in seriously swinging bebop verities, evoking the sound of brilliant eccentrics like Elmo Hope, Herbie Nichols, and Thelonious Monk.
The group updated that tradition with the original tunes that filled its superb debut Elastic Bricks, but on the new The Strange Adventures Of Jesper Klint (Umlaut; 64:10 ★★★★) they pay homage to the overlooked Swedish pianist Per-Henrik Wallin, who deftly straddled bebop and free-jazz during his career.
Oùat reveals a genuine ardor for Wallin’s music, while strutting its own fierce sound — a perfect combination.DownBeat Magazine

Oùat bookended the year with two fantastic albums.
The first, Elastic Bricks (Umlaut), is comprised of original tunes by the group’s bassist Joel Grip and pianist Simon Sieger – the group also includes drummer Michael Griener – all of whom retain this general ‘Black Mystery’ aesthetic model in various ways while sounding rather contemporary in tone and melody.
Equally strong is The Strange Adventures Of Jesper Klint, an end-to-end reimagining of Swedish pianist Per-Henrik Wallin’s brilliant album Coyote, which posthumously argues for, at least, his adjacency to this coterie.

The Quietus

“I can’t think of anyone making these sounds today”
Peter Margasak, The Wire – March 2022 (Issue 457)

What The fuck is this Oūat ? 
Once Ūpon A Time, sir. 
Rouges et bleues, les histoires déliées par le trio. 
Souples et imparables, profondes et immédiates, aussi. 

Guillaume Malvoisin pointbreak.fr 

“Mein persönliches Highlight am Jazz Festival Willisau“ 
Roman Hošek – SRF