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The main idea of “3” was to record trio-based music on piano, playing in live conditions with a bass player and a drummer. It was also Benoit Widemann’s third album. Therefore “3” became very naturally the title of the album during the recording sessions.

Throughout the six main tunes, Benoit Widemann played with Kirt Rust and François Laizeau on drums, Sylvin Marc and Dominique Bertram on bass, in different combinations of trios. Benoit Widemann then worked alone with his analog synthesizers (Moog, Oberheim, Prophet) creating a sophisticated dressing of the music. While the pianos were played live with bass and drums, the other instruments were added afterwards, track by track. This unusual method preserves the “live” character of the playing, while giving the whole album a nice studio-quality finish.


released November 15, 1982

Benoit Widemann - Acoustic piano, Fender piano, Moog, Oberheim & Prophet V synthesizers
Kirt Rust - Drums (1, 2)
François Laizeau - Drums (3, 4, 5, 6)
Sylvin Marc - Bass (1, 2, 5, 6)
Dominique Bertram - Bass (3, 4)
Gilles Perrin - Percussions (2, 5)
Jean-Michel Kajdan - Guitar (8)

All compositions by Benoit Widemann,
except (2) by Sylvin Marc, (6) by Jean-Pierre Fouquey
Recorded in Summer 1982 at Studio Davout, Paris, France
Sound engineering by Jean-Bernard Plé & Benoit Widemann
Cover art by Fury
Original production by Yves Chamberland for CY Records
Thanks to Ludovic Lanen for help and advice
Produced by Benoit Widemann


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Benoit Widemann is a French keyboard player and composer. He played on stage and recorded with Sylvin Marc, Jean-Michel Kajdan, Didier Lockwood, Dan Ar Braz and many other artists. He began his career in progressive band 'Magma' from 1975 to 1981. widemann.net ... more

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