Make a difference: Support jazz online

Support All About Jazz Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved design across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.

306

Remi Bolduc: 4 + 1 with Jerry Bergonzi

Ken Dryden By

Sign in to view read count
Alto saxophonist Remi Bolduc, a professional musician since the age of fifteen, is rather well known in his native Canada, where he has worked with bandleader Vic Vogel, pianists Oliver Jones and Lorraine Desmarais, the late drummer Bernard Primeau and guitarist René Lussier. He has also played gigs with Americans such as bassist Marc Johnson, guitarist Ben Monder and pianist Andy Milne. Bolduc spent time in America studying with fellow alto player Steve Coleman and later with pianist Kenny Werner, the latter courtesy of a 2000 grant, which resulted in his 2003 recording for Justin Time (Tchat) with Werner as his pianist. In addition, Bolduc has taught jazz in several Canadian universities. His third CD for Effendi as a leader includes his regular quartet with pianist John Roney, bassist Fraser Hollins and drummer David Laing. Veteran tenor saxophonist and fellow jazz educator Jerry Bergonzi is a guest, providing an excellent foil.

Bolduc composed and arranged eight of the ten songs, all of which take unexpected routes, keeping the listener on edge. The leader's tense "Mr. Coleman" (a salute to Bolduc's former teacher) is a constantly shape-shifting post-bop vehicle while "Camille Gentilele" is a lush ballad with parts that sound as if derived from a classical theme. "In Love Like Someone" is an amazing reworking of the changes to the standard "Like Someone in Love," with the two saxophonists negotiating its demanding lines without a slip. Bergonzi scored the two standards heard in this session. "I Remember You" starts in a conventional bop setting but progresses into an intricate, fiery duo workout by the two saxophonists. The miniature setting of "Just Friends" is even more complex, a delightful duet sans rhythm section.

Track Listing: Ha Ha Ha!; I Remember You; Souvenir D'Avril; Corps Et Ame; So Little Words Just Friends; Pour Samu; Mr. Coleman; Camille Gentille; In Love Like Someone.

Personnel: Remi Bolduc: alto saxophone; Jerry Bergonzi: tenor saxophone; John Roney: piano; Fraser Hollins: bass; David Laing: drums.

Title: 4 + 1 with Jerry Bergonzi | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Effendi Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Lux CD/LP/Track Review Lux
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 20, 2018
Read Unleashed CD/LP/Track Review Unleashed
by John Sharpe
Published: January 20, 2018
Read I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert CD/LP/Track Review I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert
by Jerome Wilson
Published: January 20, 2018
Read 20 CD/LP/Track Review 20
by Ian Patterson
Published: January 20, 2018
Read Roppongi CD/LP/Track Review Roppongi
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 19, 2018
Read Is Life Long? CD/LP/Track Review Is Life Long?
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 19, 2018
Read "Some Great Songs Vol. 2" CD/LP/Track Review Some Great Songs Vol. 2
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 6, 2017
Read "Like, Strange" CD/LP/Track Review Like, Strange
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 27, 2017
Read "The Deep" CD/LP/Track Review The Deep
by Dr. Judith Schlesinger
Published: July 4, 2017
Read "Drifting Home" CD/LP/Track Review Drifting Home
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 12, 2017
Read "Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960" CD/LP/Track Review Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 1, 2017
Read "Begin to Dance" CD/LP/Track Review Begin to Dance
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 19, 2017