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 Nick Ayoub Quintet - The Montreal Scene

December 10, 2009

No Christmas gadget, this is the real deal, and practically a miracle ! Thanks to Charles-François Cy, a true collector and jazz buff, this musical gem is eloquent of the past Montreal jazz scene. Teacher, friend to all,  saxophonist Nick Ayoub got this brilliant quintet together in 1964 with a few musicians : Michel Donato, bass, Arts Roberts, piano, Émile « Cisco » Normand, drums and Alan Penfold, trumpet. Bathing in the Montreal theme, 8 great tracks, switching in between bossa-nova and some superb hard-bop. Timeless music up to today's standards, top musicians and a trip back in time where Montréal WAS jazz...!  This CD is dedicated to Len Dobbin (1935-2009) - friend to jazz.

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Min Rager - First Steps (one of the seven best CDJazz of 2009)

December 10, 2009

Decidedly, the Montreal jazz scene just gets better and better. After a first CD that left us wanting more, young Montreal pianist and composer Min Rager does it again...with brio. Less academic and obviously maturer, First Steps has high notes. Eight musicians, amongst them her husband Josh Rager (piano), Kevin Dean (trumpet), Donny Kennedy (alto saxophone), her discourse is passionate : Nothing To Gain, Nothing To Lose, Persistence of Memory, Song Of Love  where you'll hear much teamwork, subtle harmonic inventions and coherent piano playing. A talent you've got to share.

To find out more : www.ragermusic.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Diana Panton Trio + 1 : Pink

November 26, 2009

A sensual voice, time-tested standards, this 3rd CD by Toronto singer Diana Panton is bound to make a lot of new fans. For those who are looking for a sense of peace, easy living and some nostalgia this is the gift to give in this Holiday season. In trio with : Red Schwager, guitar, Don Thompson, bass, piano, vibraphone, Diana Panton, voice, plus one, veteran trumpet and bugle player Guido Basso, reaffirms that simple can be great. In between these classics : Tea For Two, Wonder Why, Five Minutes More, an original creation : My Future Just Passed, Diana Panton does ballads like it's never been done before. A mainstream jazz artist to be admired.


To find out more : www.dianapanton.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Nozen - Live! au Upstairs (one of the seven best CDJazz of 2009)

November 12, 2009

Here's a CD with various doses of joy and positive excesses. Influenced but certainly not a copy, the four musicians dwelve in the spheres of saxophonist John Zorn and probably, as a tribute, a bit of the departed Roland Kirk.  We'll never say it enough, a unedited live concert with a public is worth it's weight in gold due to the ambiance one can't hear in studio. High tension jazz led by masterful argentinian saxophonist Damian Ninenson, a perfect dose of free jazz, in brief, a great CD.

Damian Ninenson - saxophone
Pierre Tanguay - drums
Bernard Falaise - guitar
Jean Felix Mailloux - doublebass

To find out more, click here

By Christophe Rodriguez


 Jean-Nicolas Trottier Quartet - Jean-Nicolas Trottier Quartet

November 12, 2009

In his thirties, trombonist, bandleader and arranger Jean-Nicolas Trottier is someone to watch out for. For those who despair of new talent, with some bite and a creative spirit with ideas that abound, this new CD is worth a second look. Working in a different type of formula, no piano but a saxophone with Alexandre Côté, a doublebass with Sébastien Pellerin and Michel Berthiaume on drums, the trombonist expresses his powerful vision : Street Meat, One Way, Half and Half, original, never rehashed with some free-jazz and a very energetic hard-bop.  Open your ears and mind to this creation.

To find out more, www.myspace.com/jeannicolastrottier

By Christophe Rodriguez


 Jean-François Groulx - Jean-François Groulx

October 29, 2009

Since his first solo adventure : Passages, pianist Jean-François Groulx has been involved on many musical projects. From Louise Forestier to Bori, from l'Aventure Boréale to Bruno Pelletier's Dracula his musical expertise has been put to good use.  For this self-titled album,  he goes back to his roots with a consistant brand of jazz, colored by images and tributes to Duke Ellington (For Duke) and Elvin Jones (Elvin’ s Mood).  Eleven tracks where Jean-François Groulx plays in various moods : latin for Before Or After ; samba and airy for Irlande : impressionnist for Here and Now. When poetry and jazz meet.

To find out more : myspace.com/jeanfrancoisgroulx

By Christophe Rodriguez


 Oliver Jones Hank Jones - Pleased to Meet You (one of the seven best CDJazz of 2009)

October 29, 2009

Montreal pianist Oliver Jones is a very busy man these days. Guest of honor to many festivals, this recording presents the montréal jazz scene icon with legendary pianist Hank Jones. A musical treat paired with a bit of jazz piano history. In 2008, in a carte blanche concert at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the pianist wanted to share the stage with Hank Jones. The ninety-year old pianist is the last in a family of high-profile jazz musicians : Elvin; drummer and member of the John Coltrane Quartet as well as Thad; trumpet player with Woody Herman and leader of the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Big Band.  This memorable 2008 concert is sure to please piano lovers as well as those who are drawn to the simplicity and good taste of jazz. Eleven tracks, mostly standards, the two friends exchange as a trio on : What Am I Here For ?, Groove Merchant, in duo :  Makin’ Whoopee, Cakewalk, I Remember OP and joy, two tracks where Hank Jones solo lets it all out: Monk’s Mood followed by Lonely Woman. Consistant, warm, joie de vivre and the pleasure of playing.

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Carole Therrien - Vues du fleuve

October 15, 2009

Co-founder of the Effendi label, singer Carole Therrien is involved both in classical music as well as jazz. The soprano takes us a trip with Vues du fleuve in areas of Québec where one can find tranquillity, a feeling of liberty and some time off. Supported by bassist Alain Bédard and pianist Yves Léveillé who reveals himsefl a talented wordsmith, we hit the road. A beautiful trip in between jazz and popular songs with some tracks such as L’écho as a tribute to Alain Leliève and Le ciel se marie avec la mer by Jacques Blanchet.

Friday, November 6th at the Chapelle Historique du  Bon-Pasteur

to find out more : caroletherrien.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Jazz Culture Club - Immanence

October 15, 2009

Winner of the Jazz en Rafale New Talent Contest, Jazz Culture Club avoids academism. We can't expect younger musicians to emulate veteran musicians so Alexandre Dion, saxophone, David Gagné, bass, François Rioux, guitar and Pierre-Emmanuel Beaudoin on drums make their mark on their own terms. Their airy jazz reminds us of tenor sax Joe Henderson, and a saavy mix of departed guitarist Ed Bickert and guitarist Pat Metheny. Swing that fits in today's jazz trends. We need to support our future jazz musicians

to find out more : myspace.com/jazzcultureclub

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Amy Cervini - Love Fool

October 1, 2009

At 31 years old, american jazz singer Amy Cervini has quite a track record. On top of hanging out at NY's Knitting Factory and Blue Note, she's also played with guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, vibes player Peter Apleyard, etc. For her second CD : Lovefool, very nice to listen to and slightly « sexy », she gives us quite a variety of songs with : Upside Down ( Jack Johnson), Lazin’ Around ( Fred Hersch), and the very beautiful : Sad Songs and Waltzes of the always engaged Willie Nelson. Something for everybody, Patsy Cline fans, go for it, supported by a fresh voice that moves just enough.

Wednesday September 30 and Thursday October 1st at the Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill

to find out more : amycervini.com

By Christophe Rodriguez


 Marianne Trudel and Lévy Bourbonnais - L’Embarquée (one of the seven best CDJazz of 2009)

October 1, 2009

A gifted pianist : Prix Étoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada (FIJM 2007), leader of a quintet
with, among others, the Doxas brothers : Chet (saxophone), Jim (drums), Marianne Trudel's path leads her to many encounters, brimming with passion and intelligence. After Sands of Time (2007), she joins harmonicist Lévy Bourbonnais for a charming voyage, harmonically brilliant and sensitive, the common thread that joins these two great artists. I remembered the musical meeting (that what's happens when you listen to a lot music) in between pianists Bill Evans/Kenny Werner and harmonicist Toots Thielemans. L’Embarquée dwelves in that ambiance, a mood that leads to travel, dreams and meditation on modal jazz to improvisation, no to be purist. Sensitive!

Wednesday, October 14th at 8pm at l’eXcentris

To find out more : myspace.com/duotrudelbourbonnais

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Carl Naud - L'Ascenseur

September 17, 2009

The fall jazz season is on and first off in the blocks is Montreal-based Effendi Records. On the starting line is guitarist Carl Naud with his precious collaborators : Rémi-Jean Leblanc on bass, Martin Auguste on drums, John Roney on piano and David Bellemare on the saxophone. A shot of jazz fusion,  colorful playing, and for some sounds reminiscent of Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul and certainly departed keyboardist François Marcaurelle. Something new to take in nice'n'easy.

Thursday September 17th at the very friendly Art(o)Jazz in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Thursday November 5th at the Palais Montcalm in Québec City.

To find out more : myspace.com/carlnaud

By Christophe Rodriguez


 Nicolas Chourot - First Landing

September 3, 2009

We often forget that many of the established musicians in our jazz scene come all over Québec. Nicolas Chourot, from Sept-Îles, birthplace of many guitarists, shares this new CD with us presenting his multi-faceted jazz. Influenced by Pat Metheny, Michel Cusson (Uzeb), Mike Stern and certainly Carlos Santana, this CD will please guitar fans as well as those who are into original rhythms. Even if it's harder and harder to find financial ressources for a first projet : First Landing, Nicolas Chourot has surrounded himself with some hard-hitters : the under-estimated trumpet and bugle player Ivanhoe Jolicoeur, keyboardist Yoel Diaz, and bassist Norman Lachapelle. On eleven tracks, music to drift and dream away, but mostly the pleasure of hearing a colorful guitarist. Keep in ming : Blue Crab Blues, Another Sunny Day and Mega What, in reference to Miles Davis. A little gift for the fall season that supports our local musicians...

by Christophe Rodriguez

for more info : nicolaschourot.com


 Brandi Disterheft - Second Side

September 3, 2009

Vancouver-born 2007 Juno winner bassist Brandi Disterheft  has got new sounds that will raise eyebrows of jazz traditionalists. Ten powerfull tracks that nearly reach the whole spectrum of jazz styles, with an authentic sound creating moods and ambiances, an essential part of the creative process. From Sketches of Belief,  in reference to Sketches of Spain to Combien de chances, Second Dawn and He’s Walkin, to name a few, a nice roadtrip in this month of September. A warm sound reminiscent of the late Ray Brown, a bit of the departed Oscar Peterson and a « slap », modern and with a hook. Nobody told us but she sings pretty good as well. Now you know.

by Christophe Rodriguez

for more info : brandidisterheft.com


 Baptiste Trotignon - Share

August 20, 2009

Young rising star of the jazz scene, Baptiste Trotignon is one of a dozen of pianists to watch out for. On a parallel path to his italien collegues : Mirabissi, Bollani, his approach is subtle and delicate as with these masters : Bill Evans, Chick Corea and certainly Ahmad Jahmal. In a collective spirit, Share welcomes saxophoniste Mark Turner, and the intriging bugle player : Tom Harrell. Eleven tracks that require some concentrated listening, a strong spirit, brilliant, and often quite sensitive. Great art.

by Christophe Rodriguez

to find out more : baptistetrotignon.com


 Natasha P Tri-O live

August 20, 2009

On August 12, young montreal singer Natasha P launched her first CD in a sizzling hot Dièse Onze. Winner of the Oscar Peterson Jazz Award 2003  (Concordia University) and the Concours Valleyfield en Blues 2001, she performed - with a bit of stress and courage, you gotta have some -  fifteen songs from her jazz and blues repertory. Supported by super bassist Frédéric Alarie (Aznavour, Legrand) and pianist Chantale Morin, subtle and delicate in a Bill Evans manner, the jazz train was on it's tracks ! With a high voice and the air column a bit restrained, one has to hear her Speak Low version, Natasha P shared with us thanks to her communication skills, good rhythm and great stage presence, essential to connect with the audience. Even with the minor faults normal for a first production, let's watch out for Natasha P


by Christophe Rodriguez

to find out more : natashap.com


 Valérie Cormier - Preview

August 6, 2009

Met at the last Festival International de Jazz de Montréal , young singer/keyboardist Valérie Cormier turned us on to Preview. A strong CD with a lot of horns, with no less than ten musicians and a lot of  « groove ». With a St-Germain feel, an interesting and ernest voice and an adventurous sound on the edge of jazz. I'm sure we'll hear more about her in the future. Let's keep and open mind and give this young artist some attention.

par Christophe Rodriguez


 Reno De Stefano - Mimi's Dance

July 23, 2009

Well-known in the Montreal jazz scene, Montréal guitarist, composer and teacher Reno Di Stefano has finally released his second CD, Mimi's Dance.  Drifting from modal jazz, which is real good thing, and some hard-bop, making it even better, he's surrounded by some of the best Montreal jazz musicians that top it off nicely.  First of all on trumpet ; Kevin Dean, sharp, incisive playing with echoes of Clifford, metronome bassist Alec Walkington, Dave Laing on drums, the cornerstone of the band and quintessential pianist André White. Reno Di Stefano likes to work with his musicians and shares his ten compositions with intelligence, sensitivity and lenghty well-structured solos. A great gift and an inspiration for aspiring guitarists.

To find out more, visit  http://mapageweb.umontreal.ca/destefar/   

 by Christophe Rodriguez


 Viva Nova

July 23, 2009

Nothing warms the chilly first half of this July better than a bossa-nova. Without breaking the rules as bossa-nova stands, Micaël Lüssi, Patti Payne, Jean-Philippe Fortier, Guillaume Larouche and Mathieu Royer of Viva Nova give it up thru fourteen Micaël Lüssi and Patti Payne compositions, all of which are sambas. With some good lounge overtones, the great instrumentation and voice are well done and are equally appreciated. Ideal for discovering the bossa-nova genre.

To find out more, visit myspace.com/vivanova

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Sylvain Provost - Désirs Démodés

June 25, 2009

Talking about guitars and new projects, Montreal-based record company Effendi has just released one of it's bigger acts. On the heels of saxophonist André Leroux, meet guitarist Sylvain Provost. This raffined guitarist presents Désirs Démodés, a play on words on one of Charles Aznavour's famous song titles, désir démodées (desire) instead of plaisir démodés (pleasure) giving us a suberb album, with a lot of finesse, where the guitar is master.  Without taking away from his own style, we hear the influence of Pat Metheny and Wes Montgomery, Provost and his group : Guy Boisvert, bass, Alain Boyer, drums and Carole Therrien, vocals, give us some very creative music. Check out : Mood Funk, Poème Latent, Désirs Démodés and Frère jazz.

To find out more, visit myspace.com/sylvainprovost

by Christophe Rodriguez


 André Leroux - Corpus Callosum

June 11, 2009

All-terrain sax player, founding block of many great bands and active member of modernist quartet Quasar, André Leroux has finally done it. After many years of maturing and few setbacks, the artist gives us something totally new.  As a very personal and accessible tribute to the genius of Coltrane, André Leroux brings together complicity, hard work and thumpin' swing. Surrounded by many friends : Normand Deveault, piano, Frédéric Alarie, bass, Christian Lajoie, drums, and Alain Labrosse, percussions, the sax player sends out a strong message : Speed Machine, rafined and «bluesy» : Big Black Bird (to see a clip, click here) or explosive in the case of Elvin’s Mood. Don't pass on this one from a blue note gentleman.

To find out more, andreleroux.net

By Christophe Rodriguez


 Freddie Hubbard - Without A Song - Live in Europe 1969

June 11, 2009

Trumpet player Freddie Hubbard only made it once to the FIJM. Supported by Vic Vogel's big band, this was a disappointing concert mostly due to his bad health. To remember this jazz giant who left us this year, here's a CD that should be in your collection. The seven tracks (1969-1970), recorded live in England and Germany will give you goose bumps, as much by it's virtuosity as it's interpretation. Closer to Dizzy Gillespie & Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard give us a hard-bop worth listening  : Without A Song , A Night In Tunisia are intense such as his Body and Soul. Magic, furious and as it should be.

by
Christophe Rodriguez


 Julie Lamontagne Trio + Donny McCaslin : Now What

May 28, 2009

For many, the path to jazz leads to other possibilities. Julie Lamontagne is bandleader of singer Isabelle Boulay as well as one singer Bruno Pelletier's favorites with the Gros Z’Orchestre combo. In between her numerous projects, she writes and composes Facing Truth (2005), and now : Now What.

More than just a good album, Now What CD helps us discover, if it's not already done, her talent as a composer as well as her intense piano playing, obviously influenced by Lorraine Desmarais and Bill Evans, and to top it off, great chemistry with Dave Watts on bass and Richard Irvwin on drums.

8 great tracks, but, worth mentionning : Lost in The Cycle, Lovely Lies, Now What obviously and Désillusionnée, with guest sax player : Donny McCaslin.  Man that's a lot of talent!

Wednesday July 1st at l’Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan) at the Festival international de jazz de Montréal.

to find out more : myspace.com/julielamontagne


by Christophe Rodriguez


 Yannick Rieu - Spectrum (one of the seven best CDJazz of 2009)

May 14, 2009

Discreet saxophonist, endless traveler, Yannick Rieu is an accomplished and highly recognised instrumentist. With many ideas looking into the future, he's a musician interested in creating synergies such as this hallucinating new CD/DVD. Spectrum pays tribute to the music of Joe Zawinul and Weather Report, John Coltrane, of course and the unforgettable Steve Lacy.

Since I Is Memory and Saint-Gervais, recorded live, the tenor and soprano saxophonist Yannick Rieu has followed his path. A player to reckon with, he easily bridges styles and generations and is well-known in Europe and China where many projects have led him. Spectrum, is of a hard-to describe beauty and includes a special concert DVD that follows his quest for a multiform jazz.

Experiments et ballads.
Without being free-jazz,  and that's quite allright,  the saxophonist has brought into Spectrum, keyboards (Daniel Thouin), three different drummers, sampling and an electric bass. On eight tracks with a lot of improv, watch out for these three trippy ballads : Song H, Nightmare, Africa + Teen Waltz , Ending et Beauty 1. The concert DVD, recorded in China, is an hour of pleasure with an artist that has many things to say.
 

to find out more : yannickrieu.com


by Christophe Rodriguez


 Adrian Vedady - In Three Acts

April 30, 2009

Bassist with the magic touch, friend of all musicians and jazz club night owl, bassist Adrian Vedady presents his first CD : In Three Acts.  For this friendly match under the sign of three acts, he's invited some of our best jazz players. For the first act, let's start with saxophonist Yannick Rieu, a player that breathes the soul of Rollins/Coltrane and drummer Phil Melanson, then, a second act with a lot of potential, arpeggio-blowing alto sax player Erik Hove, drummer John Fraboni, and Kate Wyatt on piano. The 3rd act includes guitarist Richard White and drummer Robbie Kuster, another solid trio. A beautiful CD that explores trends and styles, with a poised and impeccable Adrian VedadyYou've heard it already, this summer will be blue, like the note !


to find out more :
Adrian Vedady


by
Christophe Rodriguez


 Maynard Ferguson - Live from The King Cat Theater

April 30, 2009

Having left us in 2006 at the age of 78, the Montreal-born trumpet player Maynard Ferguson has influenced many trumpeteers.  From his first gigs (almost still in shorts!) in the cabarets of St-Laurent St. in Montreal,  his introduction in the Stan Kenton orchestra, his England period and his moment of "glory" thanks to the Rocky theme, the one who befriended the high notes of the trumpet always kept going.  Even if YouTube has many of his performances, his recorded concerts are rare ! In 2004, at the age of 75, he presents a concert with his new Big Bop.  Athletic jazz, blowing in good health and even after all those years Maynard Ferguson still gives us his high notes, supports young players and gives a class on longevity. For 15$, spend some quality time with a musician that out of kindness and devotion has kept alive the memory of jazz like drummer Louie Bellson, trumpeteer Clark Terry and Montreal bandleader Vic Vogel. Enjoy !

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Normand Guilbeault Ensemble - Hommage à Mingus - Live At The Upstairs 2008

April 16, 2009

With this long-awaited Charles Mingus (doublebass player and composer) tribute CD, the jazz season is on it's way. At the helm of this adventure, well-known Montréal doublepass player, bandleader and Mingus man Normand Guilbeault. Obviously not the first Mingus tribute CD, this particular recording is unique being live at the Upstairs, generating great synergy with the public and a few solos out of the ordinary. Multi-instrumentist/arranger Jean Derome says this in the CD linear notes :  « One does not visit the world of Mingus like a group trip or a museum visit. You gotta dive in with body and soul ».  Friends of jazz, this is worth the purchase. Great moments of emotion, great swing, a true heavy-hitting blues : Song With Orange and to top it off, the great Karen Young on two tunes : Weird Nightmare and Eclipse.  Available May 5th.

to find out more : Normand Guilbeault

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Lorraine Desmarais Big Band (one of the seven best CDJazz of 2009)

April 2, 2009

One of the Montreal jazz scene heavyweights, pianist, composer and Cegep St-Laurent teacher, Lorraine Desmarais celebrates 25 years of making music with this powerful new CD.  Stepping away from the trio approach, she's just put the last touch to a brand new project : bringing to life her own big band with her own compositions. A real treat and more, as a big band led by a woman musician is rare thing, making this reviewer quite happy.  In the works since 2006, parts and charts were reread, corrected, fine-tuned for some of best musicians from the Montréal/Québec jazz scene : Jean-Pierre Zanella, alto & soprano sax, André Leroux,  tenor sax, Ron Di Lauro/Aron Doyle, trumpet, Dave Grott, trombone. Sharp arrangements and compositions, great swing, a well-balanced orchestral strenght, Lorraine Desmarais proves, if it's not done already, that she's a great lady of jazz with a sound all of her own that reminds us without copying these musicians : Bill Holman,  John Lewis, Gill Fuller and Manny Albam. Friends of jazz, run to your record store to hear  : Samba, Blues 12, New Morning and the great Bleu Silence. To probably hear and see at the 30th Festival international de jazz de Montréal. In stores April 7.

To find out more : Lorrainedesmarais.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Jazz Icons DVD Series 3 - Oscar Peterson "Live in 63, 64 & 65" (5th of 5)

March 19, 2009

A true jazz icon and a pianist with a style that stood out from other musicians, Oscar Peterson was a great ambassador that drew a large public unfamiliar with the language of jazz. At the peak of his art in betweem the mid 50s and 70s, this triple live recording in Sweden, Denmark and Finland is a true treasure. Surrounded by his eternal accomplices : Ray Brown, bass, Ed Thigphen, drums and two guests : Clark Terry, Roy Eldridge, on trumpets, here are fireworks that pianist Art Tatum, an inspiration to Oscar, would've loved. Also worth mentionning is the moving Hymn To Freedom with the great Clark Terry.



by Christophe Rodriguez


 Parc-X Trio (one of the seven best CDJazz of 2009)

March 5, 2009

As it's getting harder and harder to interest records companies in new jazz projects, on simple solution : do it yourself.  Montréal-based, as the reference to Montréal street name indicates, Gabriel Pelletier, piano, Alex Lefaivre, bass and Mark Nelson, drums have decided to dive in and do it themselves.  Friends of jazz, trust our three compadres who've learned their lessons well and even more. Good rhythm section, a sound reminiscent of Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and why not : Ahmad Jamal. Nice work that's well represented in these 3 tunes : Fight First, Lalala et Beaumont Plaza

Parc-X Trio CD launch Wednesday April 15, 8pm at the Dièse Onze

To find out more :
myspace.com/parcxtrio


by Christophe Rodriguez


 Marc-André Hamelin - In State of jazz / Hyperion

February 19, 2009

On the eve of great concert (Monday, March 9) at the Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts, where he was offered carte blanche, classic pianist Marc-André Hamelin give us jazz. Continuously searching for music from unknown composers or that deserve more than just a mention in dictionary, our brilliant pianist, gifted with an exceptional technique, leads us to discover the works of Kapustin : Sonate no2, Weissenberg : Sonate en état de jazz, Six arrangements of songs sungs by Charles Trenet and the writings of pianist Friedrich Gulda : Sonata No 2, Exercice, no 5, etc.  As they say in the sports world, Marc-André Hamelin scores big ! Fabulous!


To find out more : Marc-André Hamelin


by Christophe Rodriguez


 The Warren Vaché - John Allred Quintet - Jubilation / Arbors Records

February 5, 2009

At first a trumpet player that switched to the cornet by fatality, Warren Vaché is one of those musicians that gives us traditional jazz with fun and intelligence. Cornerstone of the Concord record company and teacher at Rutgers University, he give us jazz with a lot of class that will neophytes and lovers of sharp riffs the great era of swing. In this live 2007 recording in the beautifull city of Berne (Switzerland), he strikes many chords with trombonist John Allred,  giving us a song list composed of well-done standards. From the ancient Strike Up The Band (Berlin) to songs from  Horace Silver : Song For My Father, Strollin, and these must-do songs : Old Devil Moon,  My One and Only Love and They Can’t Take Away from Me, everybody's tastes are met.

to find out more : warrenvache.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Jazz Icons DVD Series 3 - Rahsaan Roland Kirk "Live In 63 & 67" (4th of 5)

January 22, 2009

Not enough good could be said about a series that makes jazz fans happy and present an era of the blue note to a younger crowd. Out of this series that presents americans musicians in Europe, one was missing, the great Roland Kirk. Blind or not, this multi-instrumentist swings in between blues-laced jazz and well placed free accents, distancing himself from the stylings of Anthony Braxton. Accompanied by a few great names of europeen jazz : Daniel Humair, drums, Guy Pedersen, bass, George Gruntz, piano ; In 1963 in Belgium and in 1965 in Norway, this man invents and deconstructs on classic such as  : There Will Be Another You, The Shadow of Your Smile and the very uplifting Three for The Festival, one of his compositions. Flawless happiness.

by Christophe Rodriguez

Editor's note: The last DVD of the Jazz Icons Series 3 will be presented in this feature by Christophe Rodriguez.


 Josh Rager - Time and Again

January 8, 2009

Let me start this first CDJazz feature of 2009 by offering you my best wishes to all and long life to come for Sortiesjazznights.com. This unique reference that connects all things that are jazz kicks off 2009 with a feature on pianist Josh Rager's new CD : Time and Again, to be launched January 16. This young man with eclectic ties (singer Johnny Scott's Quartet, trumpeteer Joe Sullivan's Big Band), gives us a powerful CD that reminds of the glory days of the Blue Note catalogue and mostly Bill Evans ! Albeit this honorable connection, Josh ain't no copycat and does his own thing working the rhythms and melodies with great know-how.  A nice surprise that creatively bridges time periods and styles.

Josh Rager - piano
Frank Lozano - tenor saxophone
Al McLean - alto saxophone
Kelsley Grant - trombone
Fraser Hollins - double bass
Dave Laing - drums [# 1, 2, 6, 7, 8]
Jim Doxas - drums [# 3, 4, 5]
Johnny Scott - vocals [# 6]
Jim Head -guitar [# 8]

Listen to a sample : myspace.com/joshrager

by Christophe Rodriguez


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