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 Ensemble Gaudreault Turgeon - Jonctions

March 15, 2018

I feel spoiled these days. After flutist François Richard's magnificent album, the duo of guitarist Samuel Gaudreault and pianist Jonathan Turgeon do their thing with the release of Jonctions. In many of my last CDJazz articles I've often mentionned the lack of swing, the abstractness of some very intelligent compositions that sometimes sound too academic, well this is not the case. These two young musicians know their jazz history well, and you'll discover music that stands in between the Jazz Messengers and the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Let's start with the opening track : La maison de verre. The message gets thru, the band is united and congrats to very smooth bassist Alex Le Blanc that tells a story. Let's talk about guitarist Samuel Gaudreault. I'm sure our friend has listened to Jim Hall a few times as well as Joe Pass, another giant. In Novembre, he very gently introduces the theme and then connects with the other band members. Throughout the tracks you'll hear trumpet players Lex French and Christopher Kerr-Barr, saxophonist Alex Dodier, the finesse of drummer Eric Maillet, and let's not forget pianist Jonathan Turgeon, probably one of the most brilliant pianists of the younger generation. As always, no standards, but no complaints because we discover these finely crafted compositions : La forge, On verra, or L’homme plante. Bravo.

La maison de verre / Novembre / Truyard pt.1 / Truyard pt.2 / L'homme plante / Pièce à géométrie variable / La forge / On verra /

Compositions : Samuel Gaudreault and Jonathan Turgeon

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Two launches ;
Sherbrooke : Saturday March 17th @ 5pm at l'Irisium, for the Facebook event, it's here
Québec : Wed March 28th @ 5pm, at the District St-Joseph, for the Facebook event, it's here

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

 François Richard Quartet - Libération

March 1, 2018

In the world of jazz, very few have chosen to play the flute. A discreet but brilliant musician, François Richard is a well-kept secret. Daring improviser, sometimes adventurous composer, but with a sense of something well done and with exploration, such as this new opus. Like it often is, Libération's tracks are all François's compositions, and the word that comes to mind is swing. Because winter's still on althought we're in the middle of a milder spell, check out Winter Blues. Now that's what I call jazz - with a powerful rhythm that highlights young pianist Guillaume Martineau, Rémi-Jean LeBlanc's metronomic bass and Martin Auguste's driving beats.

At the heart of this winter blues, François Richard gets into some nice phrasing that sometimes recall Yussef Latteef and Frank Wess. Smart like a fox and a true artisan of the blue note, he forges his compositions like an artist. The key changes and the finesse of the structure when playing on the alto flute or the ones in C and G is something all students should listen to. Within the Quartet everybody is free to express himself, to bounce off of each other as your ears can witness on Dark Waltz, Libération, and De 7 à 8. It's probably one of the most beautiful albums of the season.

Ponctuation / Winter Blues / Libération / Une Tempête / De 7 à 8 / Dark Waltz / La Bossa à Casa Nova / Balade 2017

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

 Suzi Silva - Fad'Azz

February 15, 2018

It's the time of the year when we need that sunshine, so the timing is right on for the warmth of the fado combined with jazz. For a surprise, this is quite the surprise. I didn't know young singer Suzi Silva, and this Fad’Azz will certainly help you go thru the rest of the winter. The first thing that struck me was her voice. Deep with a lot of range and the perfect dose of tenderness that will sway you with rhythms from the european continent as well as from South America. For once all the tracks make perfect sense and the first one, Fado Mestiço - Amanhã sets the mood for the rest of the album.

To the inherent swing, you can add to that the exceptional quality of the musicians surrounding the young lady, starting with the accordionist Sergiu Popa. In the same vein as the great Richard Galliano, his playing is supple with just the right touch of lightness that gives wings to the texts of the fado, which, btw, isn't always sad. Among her other musical friends, let's mention the great bow playing of bassist Olivier Babaz and the rock touch of guitarist Ivan Garzon that sometimes bring us back to Carlos Santana (O Meu Amor). Pianist Yannick Anctil plays a lot more that a simple accompaniment, and let's not forget Bruno Roy at the drums/percussions, Liberto Medeiros on the portuguese guitar and Paulo Bottas at the piano on some tracks. A well-established montrealer, Suzi Silva offers to Montrealers a beautiful poet, partly sung, partly spoken (Chanson pour une Ville) which is an invitation to redicover our streets...once the snow's gone!

Fado Mestiço - Amanhã / Ce coeur que je Garde - Fado Menor / Fado Tango Afro-Cubano / O Meu Amor Não Gosta de Fado
Chanson pour une Ville / Fleurs Silencieuses / Acreditar

To see the video of Fado Mestiço - Amanhã, it's here

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

 Quatuor André Lachance - The Orange Challenge

February 1, 2018

Over the last few months we haven't covered many guitarists, so let's do it. From Vancouver, but originally from Lévis, I discover André Lachance, an artist of the 6-string instrument . The Orange Challenge is some fusion-rich jazz, clearly inspired by the experiences of the great Pat Metheney. Centered around some easy-listening rhythms that aren't simple André Lachance stands strong with a clear talent for uncluttered melodic lines, and is in complete symbiosis with his collegues. Of course tons of improvisations, sometimes in a closed musical space - you can feel the finely crafted compositions - The Orange Challenge requires some attentive listening.

Marking time, drummer Joe Poole smartly supports keyboardist/pianist Brad Turner and Chris Gestrin’s Moog bass, the sum of it all can sometimes bring us back to Genesis-like sounds. On nine tracks that each carry a different musical space, always influenced by the guitarist, althought Claude - a tribute to departed drummer Claude Ranger - does not recall Pat Metheny but rather John McLaughlin's Electric Guitarist. Althought The Orange Challenge has many many qualities, I'm still looking for that little special something that will make you go wow. Having a great musical technique is one thing but making the heart pound is another.

Solstice / El Gecko's Dilemma / Pavane / Claude / Life Cycle / The Orange Challenge / Vert / Critter Wonderland / Saint-Laurent

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

 Min Rager - Train of Thought

January 18, 2018

I admit not knowing pianist Min Rager as much as her husband Josh Rager. As it's never too late to do things right, I've been listening to this new release for the last week and it's real treat. If you're into some smart high energy jazz with no down time and well driven, this is it. On eight tracks and as always with original compositions, the young player deftly weaves a fabric of blue notes taking in the past as well as the present.

But there's more. Even if Min Rager opens up Train Of Thought with power and unexpected intricaties, let's hightlight the work of tenor saxophonist Kenji Omae, as well as bassist Fraser Hollins and drummer Dave Laing. Listening to track 3, I Never Felt This Way, a very beautiful duo with the saxophonist, it made me think of the Kenny Barron/Stan Getz duo. Even if the saxophonist plays with a bit more gusto than Stan, Min's articulate and sensitive approach reminded me of Kenny Barron.

Talking about swing, you'll hear a lot of this new release. For example with Let’s Be Cool, a little jewel where the pianist expresses her love of the blues, a little bit like Duke Jordan or Bobby Timmons, while in Say What You Mean, she elegantly unfurls swing going back to Jess Stacy and Count Basie. With these cold days where you might want to hang out by the fireplace, three beautiful ballads await you. You've guessed it, we like this album so congrats to the brilliant pianist.

Train of Thought / Beautiful Journey / I Never Felt This Way / Say What You Mean / Dedicated to you / I Wish I Was There / Moonlight Dance / Let's Be Cool

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

 Annie Dominique Quintet - Rue Langevin

January 4, 2018

Tenor saxophonist and sometimes bass clarinettist, jazz woman Annie Dominique has a unique brand of jazz tinged in Montreal poetry. After a first 2015 album named Tout autour, she now releases Rue Langevin, surrounded by a solid team of young wolves. For this quintet she can count on the support of trombonist Jean-Nicolas Trottier, pianist Jonathan Cayer, bassist Sébastien Pellerin and drummer Alain Bourgeois. With this very trippy new release this women's voice takes her space on the Montreal jazz scene and is a beacon of hope.

Annie Dominique's very original compositions carry a poetic language that can sometimes brings to mind departed tenor saxman Michael Brecker. Brilliantly cultivating the art of the ensemble, she expresses a music without it being dissonant or academic. All throughout the tracks the poets and travellers that we are acclimatize our listening to the different harmonies that transpire from Rue Langevin, such as title track Rue Langevin, Unami and Cinquième dimension. There's depth here, as well as forward thinking with the Yosémite suite, for example. Sit down and get into some attentive and focused listening. Nice album so let's support it.

Rue Langevin / Cinquième dimension / Yosemite, Pt. 1 / Yosemite, Pt. 2 / Yosemite, Pt. 3 / Yosemite, Pt. 4 / Light Touch / Quelque part sur Mars / Umami

She'll be in concert Friday January 30th 9pm at the Casa del Popolo part of the Multiple Chord Music HIEMS Festival 2018

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

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