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LoFi Octet - LoFi OctetMay 23, 2013
Now here's a group with an original type of instrumentation. For ambiance and something that'll surprise you, trust the LoFi Octet. Recalling/remindings us of Quartango, film music, yiddish music and even Feel so Good (Chuck Mangione).
Éric Khayat - Arrêter le tempsMay 23, 2013
Is this jazz? hmmm...maybe not, but it's got great brazilian influences and will get you in the mood for the mojito/terrace season. Led by guitarist/singer Éric Khayat, with a list of top musicians such as guitarist Thomas Carbou, trumpeter Steve Moran, Ralph Télémaque at the keyboards, etc. that brings overall summer sounds to this new release. Well structured texts, a soft and beautiful voice, in short it's light and happy.
Marie-Noëlle Claveau - Chansons CharmantesMay 9, 2013
40s crooner Fernand Robidoux, that's a long time before Pierre Lalonde, knew how to whisper those soft & sweet words to the ladies. In a cabaret/nightclub spirit, jazz singer Marie-Noëlle Claveau and guitarist Michel Robidoux (son of the great crooner) revisit these sweet songs, most of them translated from english to french, in a jazzy way.
Jeff Johnston Trio - ReturningMay 9, 2013
Talented pianist, sought-after sideman (Dave Liebman, Don Alias, Kenny Wheeler), Jeff Johnston offers this new release that instills calm and tranquility. With a lot of intelligence and great connections with his acccomplices : Jim Vivian on bass and Michael Billard at the drums, eight tracks that will make their way into your quiet space and a gift one can't refuse.
Bomata - Arômes d'ailleursApril 25, 2013
What a great spring surprise with scents of jazz, travels and spices. If you're into pots and pans or the spirit of Bocuse, stick this CD in your CD player. A thinking man's bassist, fine connaisseur of harmonies, bassist Jean Félix Mailloux has cooked up Bomata, a voyage of beauty that will help you forget the daily challenges.
Jan Jarczyk - Full CircleApril 25, 2013
Discreet pianist Jan Jarczyk writes in the linear notes that he'll be celebrating his 65th birthday in 2013. Full Circle, brilliant new release, complex in all manners conveys that experience. If, at the very first listen, we thought Ellington (Piano in The Foreground) or Bill Evans, circa 1977, what follows is something else.
North American Jazz Alliance - The Montreal SessionsApril 11, 2013
Even if the concept has already been around, it's got the merit of musically revisiting Montreal of the 50s/60s. Singer John Labelle, bassist Alec Walkington and drummer Dave Laing, are joined by guitarist and sometimes bandleader Greg Clayton, vibes player Steve Hobbs and accordionist Kenny Kotwitz.
Rémi Bolduc - Random MastersApril 11, 2013
Great Montreal alto sax Rémi Bolduc is a captivating player who's fueled by new ideas. Recipient of an Opus Prize for his 4+2 concert, he offers to curious minds and musicians alike Random Masters, inspired by genetical research.
Cameron Wallis - Calling DexterMarch 28, 2013
Compositions by tenor sax Cameron Wallis, Calling Dexter is a tribute to the memory of great tenor sax Dexter Gordon. But this new release to be launched at the Upstairs March 29th is a lot more than just that.
Stephen Johnston - Sojo's MojoMarch 28, 2013
Unshaven and though guy look, don't judge guitarist Stephen Johnston by the cover pic, he's nothing like that at all ! After Cameron Wallis and his Calling Dexter, Stephen's Sojo's Mojo connects generations with a magic touch. We're talking groove here, with a group of heavy hitters (15!) that crank it up according to the tracks and periods.
Tania Maria - CantoMarch 14, 2013
It's been a while since we'd heard about brazilian pianist/singer/composer Tania Maria. With this new CD, with 9 musicians, spring is on it's way, blame it on the groove and some snow-melting dolce vita.
Pederson Lampron Gobeil Kerr Thibodeau - Live In SilenceMarch 14, 2013
Now here's a CD for those who like intensity as much as the profoundness in music. This collective lays down some dynamic jazz, sometimes reflective, where everybody gets their say, solid and attentive.
Olivier Babaz - Midnight CafeineFebruary 28, 2013
Here's a brand new release from Olivier Babaz, a singing bass and music reminiscent of pianist Bill Evans. Newcomer to the Quebec music scene, french bassist Olivier Babaz, arriving from the Réunion and France, is on a interesting path.
Matt Herskowitz - UpstairsFebruary 14, 2013
A Upstairs regular, pianist Matt Herskowitz chose this jazz club to record his solo album. Trained both in classical and jazz, Herskowitz gives an electrifying performance and likes to break the rules of jazz and show us what he can do, which is a lot of fun to look at as well as a learning experience.
Trio HélicoJanuary 31, 2013
This brings back a lot of souvenirs even if there's an age gap in between the three young ladies that make up Trio Hélico and I. Close your eyes and this will remind you of the energy of the twelve cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Turtle String Quartet, of course, and a few licks from Jean-Luc Ponty in the 70s/80s.
Gary Schwartz - Lettingo Live : The Music and Influence of Ornette ColemanJanuary 17, 2013
Albeit composer, saxophonist and violonist Ornette Coleman is not one of my favorite musicians, I recognize his influence and unique musical spirit. Montreal guitarist Gary Schwartz, one of Montreal's finest, is out to give you a taste of Coleman's musical universe.
John Roney - St-HenriJanuary 3, 2013
Jazz great, pianist Oscar Peterson as well as québécois comedian Yvon Deschamps, writer Gabrielle Roy and hockey's Pat Burns all loved and supported St-Henri, a hotbed of artistic creativity. John Roney, who's the thinking man's pianist and involved in so many jazz projects and bands, as well as his own, pays tribute to the Montreal neighborhood.