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by Edward Blanco
Hailing from different backgrounds and cultures--all on separate musical journeys that have brought them together for a distinct purpose--begs the question: what do American drummer John Abraham, Canadian pianist Alex Clements and Swedish singer Zara Tellander have in common? The answer: a musical train ride that brings them together on Between Stops, offering a blend of light contemporary jazz and Brazilian flavored rhythms bursting with energy.
This is not a traditional trio recording; the three musicians, essentially co- ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Meet Alex Clements: Alex Clements; so many adjectives can be used to describe the many facets of this talented, creative, well-rounded Canadian jazz pianist and composer. Clements is an internationally recognized artist, performing in the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Morocco, and Cyprus. One of Clements' highest accomplishments is an Alberta Achievement Award, which was presented to him by the Government of Alberta.In the past fifteen years, Clements has received numerous scholarships and awards ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
On Waiting For You, Canadian pianist/composer Alex Clements shows that, with his already overactive musical life, he is still capable of turning out an interesting album. Clements is from Alberta, and was awarded the highly regarded Alberta Achievement Award. In addition to his writing for his alma mater, McGill University in Montreal, Clements is an active film scorer, and has completed the music for a reissue of It's A Wonderful Life for Paramount Pictures.
When last heard from, ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
Well-educated Canadian pianist/composer Alex Clements gets around. He composes for his alma mater, the McGill University's Jazz Orchestra, and was a member of the peer assessment committee for grant endowments with the Canada Council of the Arts.
His performance career has taken him into North American jazz circles, highlighting his participation with numerous artists. And as a pianist, he's firmly entrenched within the Bill Evans school, which is a facet that transpires during this delightful engagement, ...read more
by Dan McClenaghan
Solo piano may be the ultimate form of musical expression on the instrument. But a good percentage of the albums in that category seem to beg for a bass and drums, a boost of the rhythmic undercurrent to flesh out the keyboardist's ideas. Going solo, it's melody, rhythm and harmony in two hands, no safety net. The plus side of the solo approach is the freedom it allows the musician to follow his muse and expore his artistry outside the ...read more