Antoine Fafard: Ad Perpetuum

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Antoine Fafard: Ad Perpetuum
Canadian bassist Antoine Fafard possesses awe-inspiring chops and can seemingly do anything he darn well pleases. Following suit with his previous solo outing Occultus Tramitis (Unicorn, 2013) he aligns his significant wares with highly revered artists, providing the level of support required, not only to pull off the tricky time signatures, but to also add various marks of distinction to these strong compositional frameworks. On his previous outing, drumming heroes Terry Bozzio, Simon Phillips and other marquee names joined the festivities, and here, he employs the talents of extraordinary session drummer Vinnie Colauita and Canadian guitar-slinger Jerry De Villiers Jr. In addition, A-list studio drummer Gary Husband who is enjoying tenure with guitar great John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension unit, teams with Colauita for a mini drumming colossus on "D-Day."

It would have been easy for the bassist to dish out a high-tech chops-fest, given the lineup. Well, there's no shortage of technical acumen, but Fafard's ultimate goal is to focus on sustainable compositions, tendering a holistic and advantageous underpinning for the musicians simmering solo jaunts. Hence, the program is often outlined on flourishing and expansive formulations and guest keyboardist Gerry Etkins' lithe synth lines on the frothy "Riff & Raft" and two other tracks." Moreover, a good portion of these comps proffer memorable themes amid a few unexpected detours and some raging unison passages.

On "D-Day," Colauita and Husband institute an imposing rock pulse, leading to a funky contrast and thorny, odd-metered diversions, topped off by saxophonist Jean-Pierre Zanella's soaring notes. Most of these comps feature Fafard and De Villiers Jr's fluidly scorching lines and acute harmonic sensibilities. And the bassist's dual role as a director of operations and soloist is nicely contrasted by his lyrically rich runs, abetted by super-speed, melodically tinged phrasings. However "The Egg," is an ominously crafted delight, modeled with bursting flurries and the leader's looping notes. Otherwise, Fafard reaffirms that in the proper hands, the jazz fusion or jazz rock genres are not six-feet under, as some might be inclined to believe.

Track Listing

Shuffle It!; Riff & Raft; Polyseven; Same But Different; Five Course Meal; D-Day; Eternal Loop; Slash One; The Egg; Presilence.


Antoine Farfard : bass, classical guitar; Vinnie Colaiuta: drums; Jerry De Villiers Jr: guitars; Gerry Etkins: keyboards (2,3, 7); Jean-Pierre Zanella: saxophones (6,9, 10);Gary Husband: drums (6).

Album information

Title: Ad Perpetuum | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Unicorn Records

Post a comment about this album


Jazz Near Quebec
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop Amazon


Another Land
Dave Holland
Native Sons
Los Lobos
Dewa Budjana
The Last Call
Larry Coryell & Philip Catherine
Palette of Feelings
Karolis Šarkus
A Centering Peace
Brian Woodruff Sextet
Five Down Blues
Kyle Asche Organ trio


All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.