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 Jérôme Beaulieu Trio - Chercher l'équilibre

December 12, 2013

2013-2014 Radio-Canada jazz Revelation, young pianist Jérome Beaulieu plays music you'll make friends with on his second CD. With his trio (what a powerful singing bass) we're in friendly waters with a dash of Monk on Watch Out and a bit of Brad Melhdau's influence on La Tourte, seven original compositions and interpretations : T-Chien Aveugle ( Fred Fortin), I Might Be Wrong ( Radiohead).

Solid jazz, atmospheric, with lots of feeling and depth from a young trio with a promising future. It's a hit !

Jérome Beaulieu - piano
Philippe Leduc - bass
William Côté - drums


To see a clip of "Grands Jardins", click here

to find out more : www.triojeromebeaulieu.net/

Christophe Rodriguez


 Vic Vogel Martin Deschamps - Nostalgie des Fêtes

December 12, 2013

Vic Vogel and buddy Martin Deschamps give us a special Xmasy gift. This project highlights their tight relationship, in between an old pro and a young rocker that knows the ropes. In this holiday period, this Nostalgie des Fêtes (same content as in 2013), is a classic.

No bells and whistles, juste some piano and voice with these classics : Noël Blanc, Le petit renne au nez rouge, Blue Christmas, Vive le Vent and on a last note, the touching What A Wonderful World. Never boring and with some improv, this holiday cocktail is a family must.

Vic Vogel - piano
Martin Deschamps - voice

pour en savoir plus : www.vicvogel.com


Christophe Rodriguez


 Greg Amirault - East of the Sun

November 28, 2013

A beautiful CD and other adjectives for this new project. Perfect for those upcoming long winter nights, guitarist Greg Amirault dishes up a nice CD, artistically impeccable, with lots of standards and a rich sound. On these nine tracks, that I suggest listening in the warmth of a cozy and quiet space, this master of the guitar revisits, with the help of bassist Fraser Hollins and drummer Dave Laing, these classics that are losing airtime, that's too bad, for the sake of current themes.

From this discreet guitarist, who has a lot of presence with just the right amount of notes, but not too many, we savoured East of the Sun, Time After Time, Yesterdays and of course Moon River.  Let's mention two very nice compositions : Fang Song and Lighthouse Road. Something that will make great gift for a seasoned as well as an emerging guitarist, and others too!

to see a clip of Yesterdays from this CD, click here


to find out more : http://gregamirault.jimdo.com/

Christophe Rodriguez


 Oliver Jones Josée Aidans - Just For My Lady

November 14, 2013

Recipient of the Félix jazz création, Just For My Lady,  by Oliver Jones, nearly 80, gives us some rather classic jazz in form and in substance in tandem with violinist Josée Aidans. Fairly unknow althought she's played with the likes of Ginette Reno, Holly Cole, Claude Dubois, Diana Ross, so a musician that's played all the genres.

Surrounded by his thrustworthy trio made up of bassist Éric Lagacé and drummer Jim Doxas, Oliver Jones delivers eleven tracks : Lights of Burgundy, Saskatchewan Suite, Just For My Lady, Summertime. The music "floats" above ground with the help of the violonist, with scents of Stéphane Grappelli or of the underestimated Stuff Smith. Classic and for all.

Christophe Rodriguez


 John Roney Jazzlab - World Colours (2013 #5 CDJazz)

November 14, 2013

This huge project that was presented at L'OFF Jazz 2013 was rendered with much creativity and in its purest essence. Around  pianist and composer John Roney, JazzLab and somes guests : Lévy Bourbonnais - harmonica, Joseph Khoury - percussions, this important new release marks the 10th year of JazzLab with intelligence, rigor and know-how.

Of course this must be listened in a quiet space and attentive listening to dive right in and discover the musical structures that connect it all as well as the quality of the players. For these nine tracks, we applaud loudly.

John Roney - piano
Samuel Blais, André Leroux, Erik Hove - saxophones
Aron Doyle - trumpet
Jean-Nicolas Trottier - trombone
Fraser Hollins - bass
Alain Bédard - bass on track 6
Kevin Warren - drums
Levy Bourbonnais - harmonica on track 4
Joseph Khoury - percussions on track 5

for more info : www.jazzlabmusic.com

Christophe Rodriguez


 Fred Pauze 5 - Cosmos

October 31, 2013

Under the dynamic ODDSound label, led by trumpeter Jacques Kuba Séguin, bassist Fred Pauze, revisits in his own way the cosmos, with no connection to the classic Planètes de Holst.

Solid, rhythmic, with a modern sound on eleven finely crafted tracks. Fred Pauze is a solid bassist in the Paul Chambers lineage, with the complicity of saxophonist Samuel Blais, cutting-edge yet touching, the under-estimated Yvan Belleau on bass clarinet, pianist Marina-Fatima Rudolf, attentive and carrier of precious ideas. Great musicians and a new release to play on, and on + great discoveries.

to find out more : www.fredpauze.com

Christophe Rodriguez


 Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra - Habitat

October 17, 2013

Saxophonist Christine Jensen not only leads the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, but conducts her own project, the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, something rare in the Québec jazz scene, such as with Joe Sullivan, Lorraine Desmarais and a few more. For this Habitat project, an architectural nod to the structures of Habitat 67, the saxophonist/composer create spaces : Blue Yonder, Intersection, Sweet Adelphi that recall the passages of a life that is shaped by the spririt of jazz and that recalls Gil Evans, but with some very heartfelt writing.

Great writing that deserves some attentive listening, or you'll miss the heart of the matter, Christine's great pen positions her as a very sensitive composer with a form of poetry that honnours our brand of Montreal jazz in all it's essence. Check out the great soloists that are her sister Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Chet Doxas (sax), Joel Miller (sax),  Samuel Blais (baritone sax) and Jean-Nicolas Trottier (trombone).

to see a clip of Nishiyuu, filmed at L'OFF Jazz, click here

to find out more : www.christinejensenmusic.com

Christophe Rodriguez


 Yannick Rieu - L'art du trio (2013 #1 CDJazz)

October 3, 2013

It happens so that our friend Yannick Rieu has just released a new CD : L’art du trio (Song Records).  Eight original tracks, his take on Giants Steps (John Coltrane) and a Stéphane Montanaro composition : Tribeca.

Surrounded by bassists Rémi-Jean Leblanc/Adrian Vedady and drummers Samuel Joly/John Fabroni, this new release recorded at Montreal's Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur, at the Dièse Onze as well as the Lion d’Or unveils a powerful and intense universe, loop-listen to Cap Horn, Giant Steps of course,  Sol Invictus - a disguised tribute to Rollins, Coltrane, Webster or the very beautiful balad In The Myth.

for more info : wwwyannickrieu.com

Christophe Rodriguez


 Miriodor - Cobra Fakir

September 19, 2013

Prog-rock, jazz, music for the brain, all of these descriptions fit for Miriodor's latest CD, Cobra Fakir. I'm excited about this finely crafted gem, a tribute to creativity that might bridge generations of music lovers...except the "complainers"...

Cobra Fakir, is out of this world and you can count on : pianist / keyboardist Pascal Globensky, drummer, percussionnist, keyboards and turntables, Rémi Leclerc, Bernard Falaise, keyboards, bass, banjo, guitar and turntables as well as bassist keyboardist Nicolas Lessard. A sum that one has to listen with and open mind, because the trip is well worth it. All is said except bravo.

Miriodor - "Cobra Fakir" launch
Tuesday, Oct. 8th - 8pm
4483, boul. St-Laurent
514-845-8443

for more info : http://miriodor.com

Christophe Rodriguez


 Thomas Carbou - Hekátê III

September 5, 2013

Guitarist, composer and talented multi-instrumentalist Thomas Carbou kicks off the back-to-school season with this new release. Not only is it a great "introduction" to saxophonist Erik Hove and drummer Jim Doxas that wraps themselves around his music, but with Hékaté III, Thomas Carbou unveils a dreamlike universe, sometimes very "coltranian", on ten original compositions.

To define it as fusion of genres would be an insult for such a well-conceived CD, so let's talk about a thematic thinking that includes other elements such as voices and the mouth bow from Nigeria. Patient work for patient listeners, creative and intelligent. Bravo!

to find out more : www.thomascarbou.com


Christophe Rodriguez


 Emie R Roussel Trio - Transit (2013 #3 CDJazz)

August 22, 2013

Althought pianist Emie R Roussel was not in quartet at the 2013 Rimouski International Jazz Festival, let's highlight Transit, a beautiful CD, fruit of pursued efforts.

On this jazz and classical voyage, the young player is well surrounded : Nicolas Bédard (bass), Dominique Cloutier (drums) as well as the indispensable St-Germain String Quartet. He offers eight brilliantly written and played tracks, influenced by the Léveillé-Gagnon period (Audiogram), shadows of Third Stream (1955-65) and a bridge in between generations.

What more can I say ?

To find out more, www.emierroussel.com/

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Trifolia - Le Refuge

August 22, 2013

At the last Orchestre symphonique de Montréal concert for ten pianists and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue I met pianist Marianne Trudel. Happy but exhausted after a tour in Western Canada, this is Trifolia, a jewel of creativity and poetry. An open book of uncertain adventures on twelve original tracks, such as Coldwater Lake, Trois soleils, Possibilités et limitations or La rivière. So beautiful.

With Étienne Lafrance on bass and Patrick Graham on percussions.

To find out more, www.mariannetrudel.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Simon Legault Quartet - Science Wielded By Love

August 8, 2013

A regular at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, young guitarist Simon Legault is without a doubt one of the rising stars of the Montreal jazz scene. In between prizes and recognitions, namely the very important Jazz en Rafale, he gives us this new release that includes some finely written works.


Surrounded by seasoned accomplices such as Frank Lozano, tenor, Adrian Vedady, bass and Mark Wheaton on the drums, sounds of a modern universe open up to us without forgetting the swing and the intensity. Let's say it right now, this is some powerful music that will require some dedicated listening, well worth the effort.

to find out more : simonlegault.com


by Christophe Rodriguez


 Térez Montcalm - I Know I'll Be Allright

August 8, 2013

Now here's a paradox of the musical planet, our own Térez has more success in Europe than here! I wasn't sure about commenting this new release - her 7th - because I knew the Montcalm style and knew what to expect but then after a listen, I saw that this was something different.

In this mix of genres and styles , let's highlight Super Woman (Stevie Wonder), If I Could Turn Around (Sylla/ Laurent), Philadelphia (Neil Young) or David Bowie's beautiful Ashes To Ashes. Subtle arrangements with very "seventies" sounds , and she's matched up with some great musicans : Géraldine Laurent, tenor sax, Pierre de Bethman, piano, Fabrice Moreau, drums. She's done it again without forgetting her own sound.


to find out more : terezmontcalm.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Kevin Warren Project - East West

July 25, 2013

Important drummer on the Montreal scene with a sustained punch, Kevin Warren gives us this new release in a musical space which can't be described as classic jazz. With a predominant electric guitar, the East West Project has got strong rock overtones, and could remind, for some of us, Led Zeppelin : The Ocean, Robert Fripp (King Crimson) with Carlos Santana-ish grooves with Tom Eliosoff on guitar.

This "heavy" production is a distance from the blue note but great for festivals where mucho decibels are in. As far as the architect of the project, Kevin Warren, his style is consistant, sometimes athletic and the groove always right on.

Kevin Warren - drums
Tom Eliosoff - guitar
Rémi-Jean Leblanc - bass
Jonathan Cayer - keyboards

to find out more : kevinwarrendrums.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Evan Tighe - Threadcount

July 25, 2013

Another drummer : Evan Tighe and another sound space, a very avant-garde type of jazz. Well surrounded by the likes of Rémi-Jean Leblanc on bass, saxophonistes Erik Hove/Adam Kinner and violonist Joshua Zubot, the ambiance is musical exploration in all it's forms.

Did we like it ? Difficult listening because of the quasi-absence of melodic lines, even if the players are great...

Evan Tighe - drums
Rémi-Jean Leblanc - bass
Erik Hove - sax
Adam Kinner - sax
Joshua Zubot - violin 


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

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Alexandre Côté - Portraits d'Ici (2013 #2 CDJazz)

July 11, 2013

I ran into young composer and alto/barytone saxman Alexandre Côté at the Montreal Jazz Fest running in between gigs such as the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal on July 6th, among others. Turns out he just released Portraits d'Ici, imagined in postcard mode, just in time for the big summer holiday season. Influenced by Gil Evans such as on La Nevada, he plays with a large ensemble on Métropole, Jarrets noirs, À l’est du Bic, Paysages laurentiens, etc.  Solid work for attentive listeners, in a quiet space. We're proud that this is a "voix d’ici", meaning a local jazz voice.

Alexandre Côté - alto sax
David Bellemare - tenor sax
Bruno Lamarche - baritone sax
Aron Dole - trumpet
Dave Grott - trombone
John Roney - piano
Dave Watts - bass
Rich Irwin - drums


to find out more : alexandrecote.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Akoz Duo - La Luna de Kala

July 11, 2013

Not exactly jazz but with bassist Olivier Babaz, this mix of genres is right on.

With life partner, Julie Babaz on the viola, the broad musical space of this release goes from classic, celtic and some brazilian grooves such as on Midnight Caféine, the focus of his last CD. Keep an open mind.

Olivier Babaz - bass
Julie Babaz - viola

to find out more : www.akozduo.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Mehdi Nabti Nass Lounassa - In Situ

June 20, 2013

In a worldbeat space, this new release by saxophonist/flutist Mehdi Nabti hits the mark right on.  Reminding us of the first records of oud player Rabih Abou Khalil,  the West and the East meet in a music that will make you want to move, that swings, without it being jazz in the strictest terms. Classic.

Mehdi Nabti : alto sax, flute, clave, comp., arr.
Phyras Haddad : derbuka, oud
Kullak Viger-Rojas : congas, shekeré, timbales
Alban Maréchal : drums, arrangements
Nicolas Lafortune : electric bass
Irem Bekter : voice
Nicolas Boulay : trumpet, bugle
Talal Matanos : trombonne
Lionel Kizaba : percussions, drums

to find out more : http://mehdinabti.bandcamp.com/

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Becky Noble Sextet - Salish Folk Song

June 20, 2013

Canadian sax player from the West Coast, now living in Montréal, Becky Noble took away the 2012 Jazz en Rafale New Talent Contest. A year later, check her out, Sunday, June 30th at 9pm for a outside concert at the FIJM. Great sounds, the young altist plays with finesse and the delicate balancing act of harmonies in a modern brand of jazz...for all music lovers.

Ten original tracks, one or two standards would've been a good thing, just to hear her take on them, so check ou this new release and her FIJM concert on June 30th.

Becky Noble : alto sax
Chet Doxas : tenor sax
Nick Di Giovanni : guitar
Marie-Fatima Rudolf : piano
Mike de Masi : bass
Rémi-Jean LeBlanc : bass
Mark Nelson : drums

to find out more : www.beckynoble.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Samuel Blais - Split Cycle

June 6, 2013

Alto saxman Samuel Blais is a hot on the trail these days. Just a few days before his jazz teacher nomination at the Joliette College, he launches Split Cycle, a no-frills power jazz CD. Surrounded by guitarist Aki Ishiguro, bassist Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic and drummer Robbie Kuster, the alto saxophonist lays down some very hearty tracks, harmonically perfect and where the quest of aesthetics is master.

Ten original tracks, no standards and the adventure begins for serious listeners who like to walk a different path. The blue note is strong, alive and well as in "Ménage à Trois" on track 5.

to find out more : www.samuelblais.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Axel Fisch Magella Cormier Norman Lachapelle - 5 Days

June 6, 2013

Change of style with a group of three musicians that aren't newcomers to the jazz scene. In a true "fusion" style as well as the approach, guitarist Axel Fisch, drummer Magella Cormier as well as giant bassist Norman Lachapelle serve up some tasty and hard to resist fusion.

Here and there we're touched by  Lachapelle's compositions : 5 Days, Le Domaine, and Carole, Pat by the guitarist as well as the revisited Prism (Keith Jarrett) and Waltz (Pat Metheny). Great work done with much poetry.

 
by Christophe Rodriguez


 LoFi Octet - LoFi Octet

May 23, 2013

Now here's a group with an original type of instrumentation.  For ambiance and something that'll surprise you, trust the LoFi Octet. Recalling/remindings us of Quartango, film music, yiddish music and even a bit of Feel so Good (Chuck Mangione).

With a string quartet, pianist Jérôme Beaulieu, trumpeter David Carbonneau, musical director/bassist Olivier Hébert and drummer William Côté, with titles such as Gélinotte huppée, Tangorganique, Lune hivernale and the token standard: Giant Steps. Happiness, weightless in between the past and present.

to see a clip, click here

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Éric Khayat - Arrêter le temps

May 23, 2013

Is this jazz? well...maybe not, but it's got great brazilian influences and will get you in the mood for the mojito/terrace season. Led by guitarist/singer Éric Khayat, with a list of top musicians such as guitarist Thomas Carbou, trumpeter Steve Moran, Ralph Télémaque at the keyboards, etc. that brings overall summer sounds to this new release. Well structured texts, a soft and beautiful voice, in short it's light and happy.

erickhayat.com

by Christophe Rodriguez


 Marie-Noëlle Claveau - Chansons Charmantes

May 9, 2013

40s crooner Fernand Robidoux, that's a long time before Pierre Lalonde, knew how to whisper those soft & sweet words to the ladies. In a cabaret/nightclub spirit, jazz singer Marie-Noëlle Claveau and guitarist Michel Robidoux (son of the great crooner) revisit these sweet songs, most of them translated from english to french, in a jazzy way.

This release won't change the history of music, but it's a great offering for all that like nicely done ballads such as Il fait noir, Sur le chemin (Fats Waller), Choses sans importance (Styne/Cahn), Flâner (Raymond Levesque), etc.  Like a summertime martini.

to find out more : marienoelleclaveau.com

by Christophe Rodriguez
translated by Claude Thibault


 Jeff Johnston Trio - Returning

May 9, 2013

Talented pianist, sought-after sideman (Dave Liebman, Don Alias, Kenny Wheeler), Jeff Johnston offers this new release that instills calm and tranquility. With a lot of intelligence and great connections with his acccomplices : Jim Vivian on bass and Michael Billard at the drums, eight tracks that will make their way into your quiet space and a gift one can't refuse.

For those of you who like to hang out in the Jazz dans la nuit series at the Gesù for  the Montreal Jazz Fest, this jazz is meditative, rich in harmonics and stands out over the whole commercial side of things.

to find out more : jeffjohnstonmusic.com

by Christophe Rodriguez
translated by Claude Thibault


 Bomata - Arômes d'ailleurs

April 25, 2013

What a great spring surprise with scents of jazz, travels and spices. If you're into pots and pans or the spirit of Bocuse, stick this CD in your CD player. A thinking man's bassist, fine connaisseur of harmonies, bassist Jean Félix Mailloux has cooked up Bomata, a voyage of beauty that will help you forget the daily challenges.

Tasty compositions such as : Cardamone, Sésame, Chinoiseries, Cumin ou Safran, this is an escape to a better world. The master chef is surrounded by percussionnist Patrick Graham and the really good bass clarinetist Guillaume Bourque.

to find out more : bomatatrio.com


by Christophe Rodriguez


 Jan Jarczyk - Full Circle

April 25, 2013

Discreet pianist Jan Jarczyk writes in the linear notes that he'll be celebrating his 65th birthday in 2013. Full Circle, brilliant new release, complex in all manners conveys that experience. If, at the very first listen, we thought Ellington (Piano in The Foreground) or Bill Evans, circa 1977, what follows is something else.

With a lot of patience, without the trappings of a puristic & hard jazz, Jan Jarczyk proposes an authentic pianistic path which is not arduous. Intense, profound, this new release requires a bit of listening, soothing for the brain cells! With Fraser Hollins at the bass and Jim Doxas on drums.


To see "There is Always Time" filmed at the Cabaret du Mile End, Sunday April 21st, click here

to find out more : janjarczyk.com


by Christophe Rodriguez


 North American Jazz Alliance - The Montreal Sessions

April 11, 2013

Even if the concept has already been around, it's got the merit of musically revisiting Montreal of the 50s/60s. Singer John Labelle, bassist Alec Walkington and drummer Dave Laing, are joined by guitarist and sometimes bandleader Greg Clayton, vibes player Steve Hobbs and accordionist Kenny Kotwitz.

In the linear notes Scott Yanow recalls the memory of american accordionist Art Van Damme, but we could also think of a Montreal icon from it's famous nightlife/cabaret era, Gordie Fleming.  This very enjoyable new release presents many standards such as Angel Eyes, Just One of Those Things, It Could Happen To You, That’s All, elegant, sober, with a sound that could be the Mad Men TV series soundtrack.


by Christophe Rodriguez 
translated by Claude Thibault


 Rémi Bolduc - Random Masters

April 11, 2013

Great Montreal alto sax Rémi Bolduc is a captivating player who's fueled by new ideas. Recipient of an Opus Prize for his 4+2 concert, he offers to curious minds and musicians alike Random Masters, inspired by genetical research.

No Ray Bradbury (sci-fi author) but a man of jazz and the blue note, I got attached to the arrangements and the hard-bop/contemporary spirit of this new release. To fully appreciate the connection in between these top musicians as well as the subtlety of the arrangements one has to be a in a calm and very open state of mind. Intellectual and a bit too serious.

Rémi Bolduc - alto sax
Chet Doxas - tenor sax
Rafael Zaldivar - piano
Jean-Nicolas Trottier - trombone
Rémi-Jean LeBlanc - bass
Rich Irwin - drums

to find out more : www.remibolduc.com


by Christophe Rodriguez
translated by Claude Thibault


 Cameron Wallis - Calling Dexter

March 28, 2013

Compositions by tenor sax Cameron Wallis, Calling Dexter is a tribute to the memory of great tenor sax Dexter Gordon. But this new release to be launched at the Upstairs March 29th is a lot more than just that.

Invigorating, loaded with swing, this new release shows us to what extent Cameron Wallis masters the past as well as the present. Right off the bat you can hear the spirits of tenor saxmen Sonny Rollins, Arnett Cobb, Johnny Griffin and of course, Dexter Gordon.  Rock solid and powerful, Calling Dexter is an ode to jazz like spring. To convince yourself, listen to : The Continental, Young at Heart, Calling Dexter, of course and I’m a Fool to Want You. A blessing...in this holy week!

Cameron Wallis - alto, tenor, baritone sax
Andre White - piano
Alec Walkington - bass
Dave Laing - drums

Read our interview with Cameron Wallis by clicking here


Concert/CD launch at Upstairs, Friday, March 29th.

to find out more : cameronwallismusic.com


by Christophe Rodriguez 
translated by Claude Thibault


 Stephen Johnston - Sojo's Mojo (2013 #4 CDJazz)

March 28, 2013

Unshaven and though guy look, don't judge guitarist Stephen Johnston by the cover pic, he's nothing like that at all ! After Cameron Wallis and his Calling Dexter, Stephen's Sojo's Mojo connects generations with a magic touch. We're talking groove here, with a group of heavy hitters (15!) that crank it up according to the tracks and periods.

Think about the exciting organist Larry Young, guitarist Grant Green, and guitarist George Benson in his younger years that made miracles happen with the organ/guitar mix. Friends of jazz and acid sounds, Stephen Johnston is your man. Take it in all day and all night long…but especially at night!

With Dominique Lalonde (voice), James Parker (voice), Charles Imbeau (trumpet), Martin Petersen (organ), Thüryn Von Pranke (keys - organ), David Ryshpan (organ), Geoff Lapp (piano), Adrian Vedady (bass), Morgan Moore (bass), Gilbert Joanis (bass), Clinton Ryder (bass), Paul Johnston (bass), Evans Baptiste (percussions), Jeff Simons (drums) and Martin Auguste (drums).

to find out more : stephenjohnston.ca


by Christophe Rodriguez 
translated by Claude Thibault


 Tania Maria - Canto

March 14, 2013

It's been a while since we'd heard about brazilian pianist/singer/composer Tania Maria. With this new CD, with 9 musicians, spring is on it's way, blame it on the groove and some snow-melting dolce vita.

Beautiful, with power and just the right mix of swing/brazilian harmonies and some "stride" piano, plus a great connection in between the musicians, and of course that soft voice, matured over four decades of work. The joy of music on ten tracks!

to find out more : taniamaria.org


by Christophe Rodriguez 
translated by Claude Thibault


 Pedersen Lampron Gobeil Kerr Thibodeau - Live In Silence

March 14, 2013

Now here's a CD for those who like intensity as much as the profoundness in music. This collective lays down some dynamic jazz, sometimes reflective, where everybody gets their say, solid and attentive.

Six tracks that require some serious listening, sometimes off the beaten track, and that can enjoyed to in tranquil company or solo to take in the depth of the work.  These players really have something to say.

Craig Pedersen - trumpet
Patrick Lampron - sax
Dominic Gobeil - guitar
Joel Kerr - bass
Éric Thibodeau - drums

to find out more : dominicgobeil.com


by Christophe Rodriguez 
translated by Claude Thibault


 Olivier Babaz - Midnight Cafeine

February 28, 2013

Here's a brand new release from Olivier Babaz, a singing bass and music reminiscent of pianist Bill Evans. Newcomer to the Quebec music scene, french bassist Olivier Babaz, arriving from the Réunion and France, is on a interesting path.

Surrounded by pianist Sylvain Ransy and drummer Mark Nelson, he delivers the sum of his experience on ten opalescent tracks. The bass is right on, the trio tight, his compositions have an approach that reminds of Bill Evans, boy that Sylvain Ransy can play, yet original. Check him out in a nice jazz club.

to find out more : oliverbabaz.com


by Christophe Rodriguez 
translated by Claude Thibault


 Matt Herskowitz - Upstairs

February 14, 2013

A Upstairs regular, pianist Matt Herskowitz chose this jazz club to record his solo album. Trained both in classical and jazz, Herskowitz gives an electrifying performance and likes to break the rules of jazz and show us what he can do, which is a lot of fun to look at as well as a learning experience.

Eight tracks, each of them as good as the next one. A tribute to departed pianist Michel Pettruciani on Cantable, revisiting classic Gershwin : I’ve Got Rythm, the spirit of Chopin on a Dave Brubeck composition : Dziekije as well as his own favorites : Waltz in Moscow, Bach à al jazz, etc. Powerful.

to see a clip of Matt, click  here

to find out more : www.mattherskowitz.com


by Christophe Rodriguez 
translated by Claude Thibault


 Trio Hélico

January 31, 2013

This brings back a lot of souvenirs even if there's an age gap in between the three young ladies that make up Trio Hélico and I. Close your eyes and this will remind you of the energy of the twelve cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Turtle String Quartet, of course, and a few licks from Jean-Luc Ponty in the 70s/80s.

Lizann Gervais, violin, Marie-Soleil Bélanger, baritone violin and Élisabeth Giroux at the cello have obviously chosen instruments that are seldom involved in jazz, but it works. Six vibrant compositions : Roc à Bibi, Funka!, La Mite de Garde-Manger, original harmonics, this is off the beaten track and celebrates the joy of music.

to find out more : www.reverbnation.com/triohélico


by Christophe Rodriguez
translated by Claude Thibault

 


 Gary Schwartz - Lettingo Live : The Music and Influence of Ornette Coleman

January 17, 2013

Albeit composer, saxophonist and violonist Ornette Coleman is not one of my favorite musicians, I recognize his influence and unique musical spirit. Montreal guitarist Gary Schwartz, one of Montreal's finest, is out to give you a taste of Coleman's musical universe.

Recorded at La Sala Rossa in January 2011, this is an exceptional release with many great jazz musicians such as Ron Di Lauro, Eric Hove, Alexandre Côté, Frank Lozano, etc. that aren't afraid to cross the limits of classic jazz. From the « classic» Lonely Woman to Law Years and from Broken Shadows to Between The Lines (by Gary Schwartz), this rocks!

See a clip of Lonely Woman, 1st part, by clicking here

Gary Schwartz/Lettingo "Lettingo Live" CD launch and concert
Monday, January 28  8:30pm
La Sala Rossa

4848 St-Laurent
514-284-0122


by Christophe Rodriguez
translated by Claude Thibault


 John Roney - St-Henri

January 3, 2013

Jazz great, pianist Oscar Peterson as well as québécois comedian Yvon Deschamps, writer Gabrielle Roy and hockey's Pat Burns all loved and supported St-Henri, a hotbed of artistic creativity. John Roney, who's the thinking man's pianist and involved in so many jazz projects and bands, as well as his own, pays tribute to the Montreal neighborhood.

Sided by young bassist Rémi-Jean LeBlanc as well as very energetic drummer Damien Schmitt, the level of playing is up to the challenge. Eleven tracks such as Place St-Henri (Oscar Peterson) and My Shining Hour - a very appropriate standard - jazz is celebrated with much drive and energy. Creative swing, a convincing and powerful trio, and riffs that honor the Montreal-bred blue note.

To see a clip of Choices at the FestiJazz Mont-Tremblant, click here

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

by Christophe Rodriguez
translated by Claude Thibault


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