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Our Man in Montreal: The 23rd Montreal International Jazz Festival (Part 1-2)

By Published: March 12, 2004

Next up on my hit list came DePhazz, at the electronic series, or "Les Nuits" at Club Soda. DePhazz's international hit, "Death by Chocolate" established them as laid back purveyors of lounge electronica, or martini music for the international drum'n'bass crowd, and in fact is a great little piece of pop culture in this style. Unfortunately, their live act was pretty tough to swallow, especially rhythmically, where subtle electronic elements were lost in a wash of the same-sounding huge backbeat. It didn't help that they overloaded the cheese factor with an onstage dancer reminiscent of SNLer Chris Kattan's "Antonio Banderas, How do you say... Show" ( snltranscripts.jt.org ). How do you say, "C'mon guys...you can do better than that." Let's just say their live show wasn't going to make staying past the Metro's closing time of 1 am justifiable.

On the way home, I realized it was the 4th of July and I wasn't in the USA for the first 4th of July following September 11, 2001. I then realized I'd better forget about that or it was going to really complicate my day.



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