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 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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