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Francois Carrier / Michel Lambert / Alexey Lapin: The Russian Concerts Volume 1

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Back in 2011, this trio released an excellent trilogy of albums which documented a December 2010 tour of Russia by Canadian alto saxophonist Francois Carrier and his long-time drummer Michel Lambert during which they played with Russian pianist Alexey Lapin in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Now, The Russian Concerts Volume 1 again documents the three together in Moscow, but this is not a fourth record of the 2010 tour, instead being the first (of several, judging by its title) from April 2013. The music come from two consecutive days--three pieces recorded on April 27th at DOM Cultural Center and one ...

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Shoreditch, London, December 2011: One great gig, two fine albums

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In December 2011, French-Canadian alto saxophonist François Carrier was approaching the end of a six-month sabbatical visit to London, sponsored by Conseil des arts et des lettres Québec. On December 6, Carrier played a gig at The Vortex to launch his album Inner Spire (Leo, 2011) recorded the previous year in Russia with his long-time drummer Michel Lambert and Russian pianist Alexey Lapin; Lambert had flown into London for that launch gig. The next day, December 7, Carrier and Lambert played what was to be the last Carrier gig of that London sojourn, at St. Leonard's Church, Shoreditch. The duo ...

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Francois Carrier Trio Live in Russia

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Back in September, the review of Inner Spire (Leo, 2011) by the Québec duo of alto saxophonist Francois Carrier and drummer Michel Lambert with Russian pianist Alexey Lapin, closed with the words “This is an impressive debut from a fine trio. Let us hope a sequel follows soon." Shortly after that review appeared, news leaked out of not one but two sequels to Inner Spire, and now they are both released. While Inner Spire was recorded in Moscow on December 19 2010, by the following day, the scene had shifted to St. Petersburg where All Out and In ...

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Francois Carrier / Alexey Lapin / Michel Lambert: Inner Spire

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For Inner Spire, his fourth release on Leo records, Montreal-based alto saxophonist François Carrier performs with a new trio, retaining his long-standing collaborator Michel Lambert on drums and replacing double-bass with piano, played by Alexey Lapin. Recorded at the DOM Cultural Centre in Moscow in December 2010, the album's five tracks were entirely improvised. That is not immediately obvious as, without any tentative warming-up period, right from the start of the title track Carrier and Lapin are in full flow, confidently spinning out coherent melodic lines with ease. They are ably supported by Lambert's drumming which matches their fluency and ...

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Francois Carrier Trio + 1: Entrance 3

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Venerable Canadian saxophonist Francois Carrier steers his trio and celebrated Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson into many circuitous routes during this set recorded at the 2002 Vancouver Jazz Festival. The musicians instill profundity into this democratic set, where the instrumentation is mixed with a horizontal plane approach. Here, Carrier's spirited attack is fused with grace, power and lyrically resplendent voicings, amid ventures into the freer realm. The band's budding passages signify a consortium of slants, comprising investigative techniques and a sense of urgency, often spanning numerous jazz stylizations. “Entrance 3," offers a compelling glimpse of the band's diversity. ...

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Francois Carrier: Entrance 3

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Some artists have a way of synthesizing various modes and trends in their craft, so that their art comes off as all-inclusive and incredibly original. Canadian saxophonist François Carrier is one such artist. On Entrance 3, he bridges modern free jazz and mid-1960s post-bop, with guest pianist Bobo Stenson and his working trio of bassist Pierre Côté and drummer Michel Lambert. Recorded in 2002 at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, this disc presents Carrier and company in their best format, a live setting. The altoist's live music has been well-documented with The Digital Box (Ayler Records, 2010), a download-only ...

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Francois Carrier: Within

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Within opens with François Carrier's alto saxophone played alone. From these very precise, centered, and yet soft-edged notes, the change to the listening space is immediate and complete. The line floats and twists, making feints towards melody, rhythmic regularity and harmony, only to turn away. A seemingly familiar phrase flies by without being developed, but rather is consumed in the ongoing flow of the music. Such is the impact of this June 24, 2007 live recording from the Calgary Jazz Festival. Joined by his long-time partner, percussionist Michel Lambert and guest bassist Jean-Jacques Avenel, the trio plays ...



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