Sortiesjazznights.com

Français

Advertise | Contact

ALL THE QUÉBEC JAZZ NEWS SINCE 2003

JazzBulletin   -   Thursday January 11 2018 to Wednesday January 31 2018

Get the JazzBulletin by email or rss every Thursday !
All QC jazz events in clubs, restaurants, concerts, bars, cafés & festivals!

RSS

SJNPRO Bulletin

For jazz musicians and professionals

Want Christophe Rodriguez to review your CD?

To submit your jazz CD for Christophe Rodriguez, please send us 2 copies of your CD and a press kit to :

sortiesJAZZnights.com
3839, rue Berri
Montréal, QC
H2L 4H2

We cannot garantee that your will CD will be listened to and commented for editorial and ressource reasons.
As sortiesJAZZnights.com is focused on the Québec jazz market, CDs from Québec artists or of artists present in the Québec jazz scene make up a strong pourcentage of the CDJazz content without excluding international jazz artists.

Christophe writes in french and the texts are translated by Claude Thibault.
The comments of Christophe Rodriguez are independant and are not related to any commercial activity in between the artist and sortiesJAZZnights.com.

To contact Christophe directly : rod.chris@hotmail.com

For more information, please contact :

Claude Thibault
Editor - Business Development
sortiesJAZZnights.com
claude.thibault@sortiesjazznights.com
514-815-6104



 Roger Walls - Midnight Ride

December 22, 2011

After two years of hard work that top off a forty year career blowing his horn for many great bands, Roger Walls gives us Midnight Ride. Key figure of the Montreal jazz scene, Roger was the trumpet in Offenbach's, En Fusion, one of the  four stars of Duke Ellington's great orchestra (after his departure), Garou's man on the horn as well as star mainstay at the House of Jazz on Aylmer St. He launched Midnight Ride, inspired by his musical odyssey, at Bar St-Denis (6966 St-Denis),  a popular Saturday night hangout and gig for many jazz big bands and musicians. Very "trippy", festive and sixties-ish, the trumpeter, buglist and impressive plunger player provides some nice musical moments. The voyage starts with Soon Come Young Blues, a tune with a nice theme, and pursues on many modes with : I Said You Back, I Will Wait Forever, Citadel Blues and the Ellington/ Glen Miller medley. Just as solid and happy as the fine horn man and teacher, let's mention pianist Pierre Leduc, trombonist Muhammad Al-Khabyyr, and percussionnist/singer Oscar Calderon. A nice gift, that we fully support, in the true tradition of jazz.

to find out more : www.rogerwalls.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Alexandre Côté - Transitions (2011 #1 CDJazz)

December 8, 2011

Winner of the 2011 TD Grand Jazz Award of the FIJM, alto sax Alexandre Côté has been on the jazz scene for quite a while, even for his "young age". In the acknowledgments of his new CD, he pays a very special tribute to departed drummer Bernard Primeau, pioneer of an all-Quebec jazz sextet along the lines of The Jazz Messengers as well as to Vic Vogel, Montreal's own quintessential bandleader that's helped and made many jazz careers. In the footsteps of Cannonball Adderley,  Dave Turner and a bit of Wayne Shorter, Alexandre Côté lights the fireworks with Transitions, a new project presenting nine original tracks. Fired by some powerful wind, athletic and steeped in jazz know-how, Alexandre blows his risky improvisations in a way just can't be learned on a school bench, with compositions open to many horizons. Very much into « neo » hard-bop, the altist and his buddies, including under-estimated buglist Dave Mossing, David Bellemare, tenor sax, Jonathan Cayer, piano, Dave Watts, bass, and Kevin Warren, drums, give us some sophisticated harmonic twists that'll knock your socks off! Congrats!

To find out more : www.alexandrecote.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Guillaume Bouchard - Bleu et blanc (2011 #4 CDJazz)

November 24, 2011

Now, here's a nice surprise from the old capital, Quebec City. Young and very busy bassist, Guillaume Bouchard is also, but mostly a colorist. If the bass gives you goosebumps, such as with Jimmy Blanton, Oscar Petitford, Paul Chambers  & Charles Mingus, our friend Guillaume is your man.  Assimilating a lot of this knowledge, his strings sings and bounce to his own tunes : Bleu et blanc, Blues en peinture, Elle est partie and Je pense à vous. Etched in the timeless beat where swing reigns, Bleu et blanc is a great CD that is to be savoured slowly and let's not forget great saxophonist Michel Côté, guitarist André Lachance and François Côté on drums.

to find out more :http://guillaumebouchardjazz.com/disques.php


by Christophe Rodriguez


 Taurey Butler - Taurey Butler

November 10, 2011

Pianist in residence at the House of Jazz (ex–Biddles) and husband of soul singer Najda, Taurey Butler is a discreet man. Tuesday, November 8th, the efficient interpreter launched his self-titled first CD. In the great tradition of jazz, the one that goes from Art Tatum to Oscar Peterson and from Erroll Garner to Oliver Jones, he revisits in his own way standards that have gone thru the test of time. Surrounded by bassist Éric Lagacé and drummer Wali Muhammad, you'll hear: Moonlight in Vermont, The Lady is A Tramp as well as his own compositions : From The Other Side, Nobody’s There or Grandpa Ted’s Tune. The essence of jazz in all it's simplicity.

To see a clip of Sunrise Sunset at the House of Jazz, click here

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

By Christophe Rodriguez


 Sophie Milman - In The Moonlight

October 27, 2011

After a two year absence, Toronto songstress Sophie Milman is back. Now working with american pianist/arranger Gil Goldstein, quite a change, she revisits many standards containing some pearls,and some from the Ellington vault, with great satisfaction. Not wanting to cast a shadow over star saxophonist Johnny Hodges that had made these songs his trademark, Milman hits it off nicely with Prelude To A Kiss, Day Dream, and then with some Michel Legrand in a version of the inexhaustible Watch What Happens with a brazilian feel. Fourteen well-produced tracks by a young singer that is right on key, pursuing with passion the work of her peers. Thursday, November 3rd at L'Astral.

to find out more : sophiemilman.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Steve Amirault - One Existence

October 27, 2011

Pianist of many groups and musicians, on so many recordings and concerts, Steve Amirault is a chameleon of the keys with much gusto. On this new CD where he sings along the lines of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, Steve Amirault treats us to hours of great listening pleasure. Jazz played by the best spiced-up with a bit of folk/blues, great ideas, and an envious sense of melody. To hear with urgency at Upstairs (1254 rue Mackay), Thursday, November 3 at 8:30pm.

to find out more : www.steveamirault.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Josh Rager - Kananaskis

October 13, 2011

Brilliant pianist, fine accompanist, Josh Rager treats us to his new CD Kananaskis, another pearl that'll be hard not to own. In trio with bassist Dave Watts and drummer John Fraboni, plus guests Frank Lozano, tenor sax and  Carlos Jimenez, guitar, Josh explores jazz in many shapes and forms, with a clear ascendance for the universe of Bill Evans. In a certain way this CD is some poetry : Hayden, Seoul Station, Attachment, a dash of Ellington : The Feeling of Jazz and U.M.M.G, a composition by Duke's alter ego : Bill Strayhorn.  Inspired.

to find out more : ragermusic.com


by Christophe Rodriguez


 D'Harmo - D'Harmo

September 29, 2011

My friends, what a beautiful CD. Althought the harmonica is more of a blues and traditional music instrument it has it's niche in the world of jazz with it's share of players : Toots Thielemans, the father of jazz harmonica, Howard Levy, Stevie Wonder, once in a while, and young Grégoire Marais. In a certain way, D’Harmo bridges all these musical styles with a common thread, the small free reed instrument. With Lévy Bourbonnais who'd signed a nice project with pianist Marianne Trudel, is Pascal "Per" VeilletteJason Rosenblatt and Samuel Caron for a voyage with the reeds. Some jazz but mostly poetry on : Le Tango, Pat Burns, Truite Nostalgique, etc.

Tuesday, October 11th part of L'OFF Jazz at Casa del Popolo 8:30pm

to find out more : dharmo.ca

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Autour de Bill Evans - Donato Bourassa Lozano Tanguay (2011 #5 CDJazz)

September 15, 2011

This is truly one of the best CDs of this fall season. To highlight the importance of pianist  Bill Evans and the thirty + years since his disappearance this power band of four wants to emphasize the mark he's made in the jazz  world. Surrounding veteran bassist Michel Donato, who'd shared the stage with the most romantic of pianists, is François Bourassa, piano (amazing), Pierre Tanguay, drums and tenor sax Frank Lozano.

Avoiding the pitfalls of  the standards, the quartet make us re-discover  : Five, Veary Early , Funkallero as well as the immortals : Sno’Peas (cookin' Frank Lozano),  The Days of Wines and Roses, Nancy With A Laughing Face and a nice surprise, a superb composition by François Bourassa : Nations. Alleluia!

micheldonato.com

francoisbourassa.com
myspace.com/franklozanomtl4

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Rachel Therrien Quintet - On Track

September 1, 2011

There aren't a lot of women playing jazz trumpet. Besides Ingrid Jensen and Maiden Voyage, this is a vast inhabited region, so hats off to young trumpeter Rachel Therrien. After nine months in Cuba in 2008 and training in jazz interpretation with Ron Di Lauro at the UdeM, she dives into the world of jazz.

Surrounded by a top-notch quartet :  Charles Trudel, piano, Sébastien Fortin, sax, Simon Page, bass and Alain Bourgeois, drums, the trumpeter gives us ten original tracks,  jazz in a hard-bop mode, Art Blakey version. Using finesse rather than power, such as  Howard Mc Ghee, Kenny Dorham and Ron Di Lauro, Rachel Therrien lays out her vision of jazz with Yemaya à Montréal, Dada’s Blues, Me Voy. Keep your ears and eyes on her.

Montreal "On Track" launch
Thursday Sept. 8th at the Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill
upstairsjazz.com

to find out more : racheltherrien.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Éric Couture-Telmosse - Projet ECT4

August 18, 2011

Jazz is alive and well at the helm of young guitarist Éric Couture-Telmosse. With his quartet comprised of saxophonist Frank Lozano, bassist Adrian Vedady as well as drummer Éric Thibodeau, he gives us six tracks of fine writing, intelligent and a nice listen. Éric Couture-Telmosse's sound is modern and in path where Jim Hall, Pat Metheny and John Scofield meet. Not bad for a first effort.

To find out more : www.myspace.com/ectsounds

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Alex Goodman Quintet - Bridges

August 4, 2011

In the footsteps of the fall launch season, don't miss this new CD by Toronto guitarist Alex Goodman. Modern sounds, with just the right firepower, the musical universe of this young musician makes a lot of room for improvisation in some seductive modes. Like many musicians, he prefers his own compositions than the standards, which requires some attention on behalf of the listener with his rhythmic changes switching from some modern jazz : Spider Treaty, Getting Dark, Changes to Michael Breckerish sounds, in reference to saxman Nick Morgan. A nice discovery.


to find out more www.alexgoodman.ca


by Christophe Rodriguez


 Jane Bunnett Hilario Duran - Cuban Rhapsody

July 21, 2011

This new, sober, yet fascinating CD,  is a testimony to the wealth of cuban music that we should plunge into more often. At the centre of a space like a ballroom from the past, cuban pianist Hilario Duran, exiled many years ago in Canada with soprano sax player Jane Bunnett, one of the rare players of this unique instrument that tends to avoid the limelight. In a conversation mode, recalling the Dizzy Gillespie / Max Roach duo ( Emarcy / Universal), they tell cuban stories from a long time past. Ten tracks like a breeze from the ocean, this music has got it all, and the melodies original. Never exuberant, saxophonist Jane Bunnett play with wonderment : Lagrimas Negras, Son de la Loma, a series of contradanses and better yet, Danza Lucumi, by the great Ernesto Lecuona. Hilario Duran, a pianist familiar with the secrets of this music, converses, bounces back, while conquering the soul of attentive listener.

to find out more on  Jane Bunnett

to find out more on Hilario Duran

by Christophe Rodriguez


 François Bourassa Quartet - Idiosyncrasie

July 7, 2011

In a high-density jazz for well-trained ears, we enter the world of creation, without it being free-jazz.  With an impressive quartet including André Leroux (tenor, soprano sax and bass clarinet), Philippe Melanson (drums, percussions), Guy Boisvert (bass, voice) and of course, pianist François Bourassa who also plays percussions, Idiosyncrasie is a new project with no concessions. Eight solid tracks that share a world in itself, as rendered by critic Bob Blumenthal that writes the linear notes : « Elements of mystery, fantasy and passion that present new angles and sound spaces ». Curious and adventurous minds have something meditate on.

to find out more www.francoisbourassa.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Misses Satchmo - The Sun Will Shine

June 23, 2011

 Parc-X Trio - cent questions sans réponse

June 9, 2011

Even before the trio took away the Grand Prix de Jazz TD of the 2010 Montreal Jazz Fest, we knew that constance and intelligence were at the heart of this « machine ».  Obviously inspired by the universe of Bill Evans, without it being a remake, the three accomplices : Gabriel Vinuela-Pelletier, piano, Alex Lefaivre, bass and Mark Nelson on drums, take us on a path of creation. In a double or nothing mode, thirteen dense and solid tracks, Parc-X Trio makes words of Boris Vian their own : « l’art futur bouillonne dans la marmite » (translation : future art is getting cooked up in the cauldron). Magnificent.  Check them out, Thursday, June 30th, on an outside stage at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.


to find out more : myspace.com/parcxtrio


by Christophe Rodriguez


 Pascal Tremblay - Lueurs

May 26, 2011

Can jazz and classical music live together ? Certainly, as done by tenor saxophonist Pascal Tremblay on his last opus : Lueurs. Many great bands, such as Woody Herman : Ebony Concerto, Stan Kenton, Art Tatum, and in the middle of the 50s with Third Stream and pianist Jacques Loussier explored the mix, but the meeting of the genres hasn't been done much. Surrounded by the Quatuor à cordes Claudel-Caminex and a trio including Frédéric Alarie, bass, Sylvain Provost, guitar and Jean-François Barbeau at the drums, the saxophonist « paints » with precision well-know works such as : Vocalise (Rachmaninov), Pavane (Fauré), Élégie (Massenet), and some of his own material. Reminiscent of Stan Getz in the 70s (Children Of The World), Pascal Tremblay masters the art of uniting both styles in a new and fresh sound, without losing the essence of the compositions that touched our musical universe.


to find out more : jazzfaction.ca


by Christophe Rodriguez


 Carlos Jiménez - Undercurrents

May 12, 2011

Solid guitarist and cornerstone of the jazz scene,  Carlos Jiménez explores with infinite tenderness quasi-immortal jazz chords.  In the footsteps of the very subtle Jim Hall, nine inspired and original tracks plus Dichavado, a brazilian-inspired reflexion. Guitar fans will discover an inspired model of jazz guitar that plays just the right note at the right time, turns us on with seductive yet intelligent chords, sided with these collegues : Josh Rager, piano, Dave Watts, bass and Michel Berthiaume on drums.

to find out more : www.carlosjimenezmusic.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble - Hommage à Charlie Parker (2011 #2 CDJazz)

April 28, 2011

Fifty years after his departure, The Bird (Charlie Parker) is still source of musical motivation. With a revisited be-bop influence, alto saxman Rémi Bolduc and collegues Alexandre Côté, Janis Steprans, both alto sax players as well, Steve Amirault, piano, Fraser Hollins, bass and David Laing drums, breathe in rafinement and musicality to many standards that have been schooled by the blue note.

To the ascetic sound of the master, Bolduc and friends chose another sound, the one of expressiveness with the likes of Cannonball Adderley to Dave Turner and of Richie Cole to Dave TurnerDon’ t Blame Me, Donna Lee, The Mooche, wild and unruly, Parker’ s Mood, always so beautiful keep us company in our musical meditations.  Great tracks.

to find out more : www.remibolduc.com


by Christophe Rodriguez


 Reno De Stefano Quartet - Elevation

April 14, 2011

Music and jazz history teacher at the Université de Montréal, and true jazzman, guitarist Reno De Stefano is a man of the stage. Very present on the Montreal jazz scene, his jazz is in good taste, improvises and subtle like the very discreet Jim Hall. On Elevation with pianist André White, bassist Alec Walkington and drummer Dave Laing, guitar lovers are in for a treat. 11 original compositions by Reno De Stefano, played with intelligence. Thinking man's jazz !

 

to find out more : Reno De Stefano

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Maz - Télescope

April 14, 2011

If traditional music can connect with swing, such as with Bottine Souriante, modal and electric jazz are also great combinations. Led by guitarist and banjo player Marc Maziade, this new breed of music is drawing a younger crowd. A mix of Jean-Luc Ponty, Robin Boulianne (violins), Bela Fleck (banjo experimentations),  John Mc Laughlin (guitar), Télescope revisits trad-swing : Reel du combat, Riendo, La course, bravo. 4 on 5. 

to find out more : espacemaz.ca

by Christophe Rodriguez

 


 Thomas Carbou - Kekátê

March 31, 2011

Guitarist Thomas Carbou, who plays jazz in many shapes, forms and influences, is also a very creative composer. Change your listening habits with Hékaté, his new project, that will give wings to the most curious of listeners. In a original format : Erik Hove, saxophone, flute, and Jim Doxas, percussions, our friend Thomas takes us on a voyage inspired by greek mythology. This masteful musical journey takes us on trip with his music in our heads.


to find out more : www.thomascarbou.com


by Christophe Rodriguez


 Atomic Five - 5

March 31, 2011

Two years of work and they win the Jazz en Rafale 2010 New Talent Contest. For jazz to evolve and grow, it's important to support to these young musicians that explore and give new breath to this new form of jazz. Jazz in the present tense, Atomic Five's compositions are full of new discoveries, stay away from the overly-academic work and makes us want to go with the music. With Steven Salcedo (sax), Nicolas Godmaire (gtr) Beavan Flanagan (piano), Kathryn Palumbo (bass) and Aaron Landsberg (drums).

to find out more : www.myspace.com/atomic5music

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Marianne Trudel Septet - Espoir et autres pouvoirs

March 17, 2011

Part of the 2011 Jazz en Rafale dedicated to women in jazz, youthfully creative and talented pianist Marianne Trudel, launched Espoirs et autres pouvoirs at L'Astral March 25th, 2011. In a formula reminiscent of the great Lennie Tristano as well as West Coast algorithms, her powerful septet gives it all up in a surprisingly poetic style. Even if we'd hoped for a bit more swing, the material on the ten original tracks is close to bassist Avisha Cohen, as well as the very serious label ECM. Great poetry on : Rires sur la grève, Hantise, Mon  coeur est un village fantôme, Sables émouvants, Âme mystère, this very harmonious new release will please jazz lovers that want a bit more.

to find out more : www.mariannetrudel.com


by Christophe Rodriguez


 Emie R Roussel Trio - Temps Inégal (2011 #3 CDJazz)

March 3, 2011

There's a breath of fresh sea air on this new recording out of Sainte-Luce-sur-Mer. At the heart of the trio, young pianist Emie Rioux Roussel, relatively unknown, that we'd love to see in a festival closer to home. On the theme of temps inégal, meaning uneven times, a reflection on tempo with her solid accomplices : Guillaume Perron, drums, and Guillaume Blouin on bass. Apart from the inevitable standards, this is new and different as Emie Rioux who's influenced by Bill Evans and Chick Corea draws attention with true creative ideas : Et tourne, l’Est blanc, Sainte-Luce, is nothing you learn in school. Bravo!

to find out more :  http://emierroussel.com/

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Marie-Claire Durand Quintet - Mai

February 17, 2011

A cute title named after the month of spring that summons sunshine...to come. In the pack of young, up and coming pianists in the world of jazz, Marie-Claire Durand states that she's related to scandinavian jazz and makes her point on 8 tracks that require some listening. Not at all a beginner, she explores modes in quintet with some great musicians : David Carbonneau, trumpet, Jean-Nicolas Trottier, trombone, Sébastien Pellerin, bass and Alain Bourgeois, drums, who slightly recall the Jazz Messengers of the sixties. A refined jazz where introspection : Mai, Lac aux Castors meet well orchestrated rhythms : Quick Choice. An interesting opus of an artist to watch out for.

to find out more, myspace.com/marieclairedurand

to see a video excerpt of Mai, click here

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Joe Lovano US Five - Bird Songs

February 3, 2011

Tenor saxman Joe Lovano is coming to Montreal in a non-Jazz Fest gig at McGill's Pollack Hall (Saturday Feb. 19th), touting a new CD as a tribute to (Charlie Parker) Bird. He'd deconstructed a few jazz structures with his buddies : Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Clarke, Bud Powell, Max Roach and Thelonious Monk. In an intriguing way, Joe Lovano, sax player admired by many generations of blowers, takes a few shots that don't always pan out. Surrounded by some young hotshots :  James Weidman, piano, Esperanza Spalding, bass, Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela, drums/percussions, the music is dense and sometimes out of context. Moose the Mooche, Birdyard that might trow you off. In conclusion, a half-success.

to find out more : www.joelovano.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Joel Kerr Quintet - Joel Kerr Quintet

January 20, 2011

Soloist for a dozen years and involved in many bands, bassist Joel Kerr is a well-kept secret. For this self-titled CD that stimulates a mellow ambiance, or if you want a kick-back-and-listen-with-a-glass-of-scotch-in-hand kinda mood, welcome to a world of compositions where the quintet's work is quintessential. Fine bassist that recalls Eddie Gomez, musical buddy of the legendary Stan Getz, Joel Kerr supports, accompanies and exchanges riffs on : Mahadava, Waltz for Me, Ballad For Someone Or Something with his collegues and most particularly : Dominic Gobeil, guitar and Patrick Lampron, tenor sax. Interesting discovery.

to find out more : myspace.com/joelkerrbass

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Jacques Kuba Séguin Odd Lot - Deux Tiers

January 6, 2011

Why cover a CD over another one is the question that haunts yours truly for this first 2011 CDJazz feature. Oh, and while we're at it, best wishes to all of you, friends of jazz ! In the pack of CDs, we'll be drawn and will cover the ones with the best musical conversations, the intensity, the ability not to overcopy previous and current musicians, wow that's not  easy ! and to top it off, the element of surprise ! With Deux Tiers, from young Montreal trompetist Jacques Kuba Séguin, we're in the presence of a super player that brings back some Freddie Hubbard Blue Mitchell sounds and of course many riffs from the Black Prince, so everything's lined up for a great first 2011 CDJazz feature. A dash of funk, two hits of athletic horn chops, and some stratospheric chords : Transit, Step, South Lake, in short, some « heavy stuff », yeah !


to find out more : oddsound.ca

by Christophe Rodriguez


Facebook Twitter Youtube