French bassist Jean-Philippe Viret works extensively in Europe with artists like pianist Bill Carrothers and drummer Daniel Humair, in addition to his seven year-old trio with pianist Edouard Ferlet and drummer Antoine Banville.
Like Czech bassist Miroslav Vitous, Viret respects his instrument's timekeeping role, while at the same time acting as a vivid melodic counterpoint. Viret's trio is nothing like a traditional "piano trio." As Sketch Producer Philippe Ghielmetti once described, it is "not really a trio but rather a three musician orchestra."
The Trio's music is very dramatic, intense and beautiful; a truly unique and exciting new form of jazz that could have only come from Europe.