Mark Reboul/Roberta Piket/Billy Mintz

Seven pieces / about an hour / saxophone, piano, drums

There are some jazz musicians long known by cognoscenti for a mere handful of recordings: Dupree Bolton, Earl Anderza, Hasaan Ibn-Ali, Alan Shorter, Dewey Johnson. Add saxophonist Mark Reboul to that list. Before the release of this album, his discography consisted of four tracks on three albums on which he was a sideman. On Higher Primates’ Environmental Impressions (GM, 1987), he plays sax on two of the percussion-heavy album’s five tracks: a fragmentary track, and a sixteen-and-a-half-minute improvisation; he has a percussion cameo (playing waterphone) on Bill Gerhardt & Cotangent’s Stained Glass (SteepleChase, 2007); and on Gaelen McKenna’s self-released 2004 album Woodbach, a Reboul improvisation is manipulated and looped. ESP-Disk’ is a label with a history of albums by under-documented musicians (Byron Allen, Lowell Davidson, Marzette Watts, Nedley Elstak) and thus the perfect label to redress the situation.

The other musicians in the trio heard here have been more prolific in the recording studio. Piket, daughter of a classical composer and a standards singer, got a degree from the New England Conservatory, studied with pianists Richie Beirach, Stanley Cowell, and Fred Hersch, and was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk BMI Composers Competition. She has a baker’s dozen albums as a leader, a smattering of collaborative projects, and work as a sideperson stretching back to a 1995 Lionel Hampton album. Mintz is Piket’s husband (they married well after this recording was made). Three years ago, she made a solo piano recording of an entire CD’s worth of his compositions. He also has a fascinating bio: already a gigging musician at the age of 15, and in his twenties recorded with the Lee Konitz Nonet, Perry Robinson, and Gloria Gaynor, among others; during a period living in Los Angeles, he worked with an equally eclectic range of musicians, from Vinny Golia to Mose Allison to the Merv Griffin Show band.

The style is free improvisation, but a quieter and more subtle form of free jazz than ESP is famous for. Reboul is a unique player, and that’s why ESP considers this an important release that adds to fans’ knowledge of the NYC free scene.


“Airy, sensitive free improvisation from a saxophonist cherished by true cognoscenti, accompanied by a nimble, empathic duo on piano and drums.”—Steve Smith, Night After Night

“A sophisticated album of collective free jazz…stunningly elegant, implicitly melodic and impressively creative playing.”—The Squid’s Ear

“an engaging album of moody music made by an atypical jazz trio”—Paul Semel

Track Listing:

1. 7¾

2. 10

3. 13

4. 3

5. 6¾

6. 9

7. 11¾

All pieces © 2004 Mintz/Piket/Reboul


Personnel: Mark Reboul, saxophone; Roberta Piket, piano; Billy Mintz, drums


Musicians: Mark Reboul/Roberta Piket/Billy Mintz

Digital download Choice of WAVs or MP3s
Compact Disk CD in 6-panel digipak with cover art by Yuko Otomo
  • Product Code: ESP5041
  • Availability: In Stock
  • CD $12.98
  • WAV Download $8.99
  • MP3 Download $8.99

Add to Cart