Julie Lamontagne Trio: Facing The Truth (2005)
All ten compositions are Lamontagne originals, and the album reveals that the pianist has absorbed a considerable jazz piano vocabulary insofar as influences are concerned. The opening track, "Vagabonde," begins as a reflective ballad but soon builds to an intense cauldron that is helped by Watts and Irwin stoking the fire. On the other hand, "Facing The Truth" begins in an up-tempo manner but soon evolves into a lyrical reading. The catchy melody of "Hank Dog" sounds like something out of Ramsey Lewis' popular mid-1960s period, and "CCM" brings a much edgier post-millennium approach.
Facing The Truth shows the importance of interaction in a piano trio. The supportive work of Dave Watts' bass and especially the athleticism of Richard Irwin's drums elevate this album.
Track Listing: Vagabonde; Facing The Truth; Douce Latitude; Hank Dog; CCM; For Months; Day in Paname; L'Alizee; White Chocolate; Taksim.
Personnel: Julie Lamontagne: piano; Dave Watts: bass; Richard Irwin: drums.
Record Label: Effendi Records