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 Big City - Michel Morissette Quintet

December 27, 2007

Exceptional guitarist led by a great sense of rhythm and virtuosity, Michel Morissette give us an album in his own time, and that time beats really fast! Describing his music as comtemporary hard bop, Michel Morissette is electric.  Having played many times at the Festival international de jazz de Montréal, Michel Morissette hasn't acquired the success he deserves. Surrounded by top musicians, he gives us a strong performance with brave solos. Can't wait to see this quintet playing live burn the place down ! Visit www.michelmorissette.ca on your way to the record store.

Michel Morissette  : Guitar
André Leroux  : Tenor & Soprano sax, flute
Aron Doyle : Trumpet & bugle
Christian Lajoie : Drums
Jean Cyr : Bass

by Éric Seguin


 Matt Herskowitz plays George Gershwin - Matt Herskowitz

December 13, 2007

Here's an album that might be in the classic as well as the jazz section of record stores. Pianist with a superb technique, Matt Herskowitz gives us a stunning version of the Gershwin repertoire to the point we forget he's playing solo, without orchestra. The inevitable Rhapsody in Blue sets the tone with brio, but it's his version of the Cuban Overture that gets our attention. Virtuoso and great arranger, Matt Herskowitz doesn't attempt to be compared to Erroll Garner, however the american pianist that makes Montréal his home takes on a challenge that commands respect.
For more information go to www.mattherskowitz.com.

Matt Herskowitz - Piano 

by Éric Seguin


 Sands of Time - Marianne Trudel

December 6, 2007

Marianne Trudel is a versatile pianist. After a first solo album (Espaces Libres) that drew attention, Marianne Trudel is back with a live album recorded at the Lion d'Or in the L'OFF Festival de Jazz 2006. Sands of Time is an inspired album presenting  Marianne's various styles. Marianne switches from quintet to solo, from trio to quartet. Parcours, the 3rd piece of the album, is a true accomplishment with a solo by Rob Mosher on tenor sax that'll give you chills up your spine. The music of Sands of Time  is full of liberty, with a contemporary sound that is keen to the pianist and composer who leads her group with brio on this completely self-produced album.  Album excerpts are available on her official website at mariannetrudel.com

By Éric Seguin

Marianne Trudel: piano / composition
Rob Mosher: soprano sax / oboe
Jonathan Stewart: tenor sax
Morgan Moore: bass
Robbie Kuster: drums


 Pop Up - Jean-Christophe Béney

November 29, 2007

For his 4th album as group leader, saxophonist Jean-Christophe Béney treats us a pearl. Pop Up is the sum of 10 original compositions and high-profile band. Jean-Christophe's sax is incisive, the melodies pure yet the arrangements complex. Switching from the Rhodes to the acoustic piano, John Roney's playing is rich in harmonics, and nervous like drummer Greg Ritchie's playing, a sought-after drummer who travels and works in between New York and Montréal, and also heard playing with Christine Jensen, François Bourassa & Steve Amirault.  André Dupuis on the percs bring an exotic touch to Pop Up, a CD with funky, pop and definitely jazz grooves. To hear samples, check out his website at jeanchristophebeney.com and please, accept Pop Up's!

Jean-Christophe Béney - tenor & soprano sax
John Roney - piano & Fender Rhodes
Fraser Hollins - bass
Greg Ritchie - drums
André Dupuis - percussions

by Éric Seguin


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