Francois Bourassa Quartet: Indefinite Time (2005)
The many colors of the quartet's repertoire help create an outre quality to the music, from the avant garde "I Dropped The Radio?", with its neo-classical piano intro joined by a cacophony of instrument voices, to the ten minute "Boubacar," which has a funky repeating bass line and enticing percussion. The quartet gives respect to one of its influencesthe great saxophonist Wayne Shorteron "WS Part I and II," with lyricism and empathy. Bourassa's compositions are complex yet centered, as witnessed on the beautiful ballad "Nuit," where the piano and saxophone dance delicately as the drum and bass support the melody. Balancing Bourassa's outstanding piano work is the talent of Andre Leroux, who also provides some Eric Dolphy-like flute skills on the incredibly suave "Won U Part I and II," which morphs from pure '60s modal bop to a new millennium groove. The recording ends as the group pushes the music to the edge on "Could You Do The Dishes Please?" with dissonant instruments and a pronounced bass bow solo which relays the quartet's own statement of modern jazz.
Track Listing: 1. I Dropped The Radio... 2. Transit 3. Boubacar 4. WS Part I 5. WS Part II 6. Check Out Time 7. Nuit 8. Vequechieun 9. Won U Part I 10 Won U Part II 11. Could You Do The Dishes Please?
Personnel: Francois Bourassa - piano, Guy Boisvert - acoustic bass, Greg Ritchie - drums, Andre Leroux - saxophones and flute, Aboulaye Kone - percussion.
Record Label: Effendi Records
Style: Modern Jazz