All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

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

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
4 + 1 with Jerry Bergonzi

4 + 1 with Jerry...

Effendi Records
2008

buy
Cote d

Cote d

Effendi Records
2005

buy
4 + 1 with Jerry Bergonzi

4 + 1 with Jerry...

Effendi Records
2005

buy
Cote D'Ecoute

Cote D'Ecoute

Effendi Records
2005

buy

Related Articles

Read Outsidethebox CD/LP/Track Review
Outsidethebox
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 16, 2018
Read There Are Stars In Brooklyn CD/LP/Track Review
There Are Stars In Brooklyn
by James Fleming
Published: October 16, 2018
Read The Seasons of Being CD/LP/Track Review
The Seasons of Being
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 16, 2018
Read Passages CD/LP/Track Review
Passages
by Don Phipps
Published: October 16, 2018
Read Picture in Black and White CD/LP/Track Review
Picture in Black and White
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: October 15, 2018
Read Change In The Air CD/LP/Track Review
Change In The Air
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 15, 2018
Read "Secret Passages" CD/LP/Track Review Secret Passages
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 11, 2017
Read "Presence" CD/LP/Track Review Presence
by Dustin Mallory
Published: September 9, 2018
Read "Live At The Magic Triangle" CD/LP/Track Review Live At The Magic Triangle
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 11, 2017
Read "async Remodels" CD/LP/Track Review async Remodels
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: February 17, 2018
Read "Origins" CD/LP/Track Review Origins
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 20, 2018
Read "Dear Friend" CD/LP/Track Review Dear Friend
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: July 31, 2018