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 Josh Rager - Dreams and Other Stories

February 14, 2019

For anyone who's up and about on the Montreal / Toronto jazz scene, the name of pianist Josh Rager is one you can't miss. A classic and "modern" jazz player, this chameleon player can easily fit into any genre, with great precision and uncanny sensitivity. From Tadd Dameron to Hank Jones with some Oscar Peterson and the under-estimated Jess Stacy swing on way (relisten to Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall concert), and that should give you a good idea about Josh Rager's capacities.

Dreams and Other Stories has some great interpretations, and they're all equally good. With the help of bassist Fraser Hollins, drummer Dave Laing and alto/tenor sax players Kenji Omae / Donny Kennedy, the pianist weaves some beautiful jazz. Whether on the standard Spring is Here, a beautiful piece of work by the Rodgers and Hart tandem as well as In A Dream, a very personal ballad that highlights his talent as a composer as well as a pianist, the outcome is consistant. To that you can add the dialogue of both saxophonists, that brings to mind the memory of Joe Henderson or even Mickael Brecker.

Now this is a great album.

Spring Is Here / Twinkle Toes / Those Who Came Before / New Waltz / In A Dream / Max's Facts / O Sacrum Convivium

For the EPK video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW2cam4PzcI

To listen : https://www.joshrager.com/dreams-and-other-stories/

To buy : https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/joshrager2

Christophe Rodriguez is also jazz, classical and book columnist/blogger at the Journal de Montréal

 


 Elizabeth Shepherd - MONTREAL

January 31, 2019

On Saturday February 9th singer-songwriter Elizabeth Sheperd launched MONTREAL at Le Ministère (St-Laurent/Mont-Royal). Elizabeth Sheperd has been working on this ambitious project for the last 4 years and the adventure deserves explanations. The sum of musical and multimedia connotations, she's met Montrealers and created connections. Throughout the 11 tracks she sings that Montreal of neighborhoods and people that live for their community. Before we get to see the finished multimedia project next April, this intriguing new release sits in between the confines of jazz and electronica.

Imagine a moment that you're having a walk, you meet a passer-by start a conversation and it becomes great music and texts. Making a lot of room for the imaginary Elizabeth Sheperd sculpts ideas with Tiotake, and Reine du monde is another story that concludes with "ainsi soit-il". Listening to the pieces we wonder what's behind Our Lady, so funky while La Boxe, with lots of horns will give you wings. This singular album is a brave concept with a bright future.

Tiotake / Reine du monde / Suits And Ties / The Terminal / C'est le temps / Ainsi / Jedlika / Our Lady /
La boxe / Good Lord's Work / Beau voyage

For the videos that tell the story of each piece, it's here

Elizabeth Sheperd launches MONTREAL, Saturday Feb. 9th 8pm

Le Ministère
4521 St-Laurent
514-666-2326

elizabethsheperd.com

For the Facebook event, it's here
For the tickets, it's here

For Elizabeth's Facebook page, it's here

She's also launching MONTREAL at l'Église de Val-David Saturday Feb. 2nd 7:30pm, for more info, it's here

Christophe Rodriguez is also jazz, classical and book columnist/blogger at the Journal de Montréal


 Jazzlab Orchestra - Quintessence

January 17, 2019

15 years ago, double bassist and Effendi founder Alain Bédard created the Jazzlab Orchestra. To highlight this feat pianist Félix Stüssi wrote nine compositions that capture the essence of the band's path. A staple of the Montreal and Quebec jazz scene, standing out over the years with their compositions, the Jazzlab lays down some pretty invigorating jazz that recalls Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the 50s-60s as well as modernism, and all created in good taste. Alain Bédard and his accomplices, as their name states, are a laboratory of ideas, and go the whole nine yards. Quintessence features adventurous compositions and great musicians and is a pleasure to listen to.

Throughout the tracks you might recognise a bracing Blues Malcommodes as well as the very solid Blüüsli für Gügi, a true tour de force that brings us back to the sounds of West Coast jazz, as would've imagined Bill Hollman. A true calling card for pianist / composer Félix Stüssi (very creative), this new release open us up to new horizons while still being rooted in a certain tradition. For the musical poet that dwells in you, Jazzlab give us a emotional language and a musical vision supported by great musicians. Cultivating unity, double bassist Alain Bédard deftly leads his troops, making a lot of space for the soloists that are : Mario Allard, alto sax, Alex Francoeur, tenor sax, Samuel Blais, baritone sax, Jacques Kuba Séguin, trumpet, Thomas Morelli-Bernard, trombone, Louis-Vincent Hamel, drums, and Félix Stüssi, piano.

Blüüsli für Gügi / E-migrations / Altered Ego / Nébuleuse / Quintessence / Blues Malcommodes / Abyss / Last Chance Dance / Subsub's Blues

For a video of title-track Quintessence, it's here

For the EPK and more info, it's here

The Jazzlab Orchestra presents Quintessence at L'Astral Thursday March 15th, 2019.

Christophe Rodriguez is also jazz, classical and book columnist/blogger at the Journal de Montréal


 Michel Dubeau - Moving Clouds

January 3, 2019

And what if we got this new jazz year going with this unique new release to be discovered Saturday January 19th at the Dièse Onze ?

Multidisciplinary artist and saxophonist, Michel Dubeau has been part of the jazz scene for many decades. Having worked with departed Guy Nadon, as well as Oliver Jones and Michel Cusson, as well as a few other very creative bands, his work in the realm of jazz is impressive. With a grant from the Canada Arts Council he's off to Japan to study the Shakuhachi, a japanese flute as well as other musical environments that followed suite after his work and studies. With Moving Clouds, we're truly in the heart of the matter, and it's ambitious.

Far from our regular jazz meanderings that is our daily fare, Moving Clouds requires some attentive and focused listening. Without it being all over the place and similar to what Pharoah Sanders did in the sixties, and not unlike Yussef Lateef, Michel Dubeau and his collegues explore, in a seductive way, worlds unknow to us, mere mortals. For this synergy of rhythm and poetry hats off to this fine trio completed by Julien Maugis on the Fender Rhodes, synthesizer, bass and sound effects and Alain Plouffe at the drums and percussions. Nice work that will without a doubt reach a large public eager to discover new musical horizons.

Yuki No Shita / Akita Obako / Moving Clouds / In The Cave / Wandering Monks / Thunder And Rain / Moments

To listen to Yuki No Shita and buy Moving Clouds, it's here

For more info, https://movingcloudsproject.com/

Michel Dubeau (Shakuhachi, tenkan and sound effects)
Julien Maugis (Fender Rhodes, synthesizer bass and effets)
Alain Plouffe (drums and percussions)

Thursday January 19th 6pm
Michel Dubeau - Moving Clouds
Dièse Onze
4115A St-Denis   
514-223-3543


Christophe Rodriguez is also jazz, classical and book columnist/blogger at the Journal de Montréal


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