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by Pascal-Denis Lussier
Initially, I was disappointed to find out that pianist Steve Amirault was taking this new direction. Jazz singers have never really been my thing. Anyone that knows me knows I have a penchant for the lyric-less stuff--music that breaks all bounds, and language tends to impose extreme restrictions. Nonetheless, despite my own usual preferences, I'm always drawn towards good, honest, original music; good will always be good. And then there's great: music that, no matter the style or genre, draws ...read more
by Budd Kopman
Steve Amirault has produced a fine piano trio album in Breath. He's not a tricky player, but his music brims with emotion; his melodies and style reflect a very personal means of expression with little that would be called straight-ahead jazz. Though Amirault clearly has the chops, his playing is not about showing off or using outlandish harmony. The mix of grand melodic, dynamic and textural gestures gives his music the feel of high theatrical drama--with much intensity, no harshness, ...read more
by John Kelman
Gradually, and with little fanfare, the Canadian Effendi label has been amassing a substantial catalogue of contemporary jazz with special focus on Montreal's vibrant scene. That's not to suggest that all its artists are born and bred Montrealers. Pianist John Roney--heard recently on saxophonist Remi Bolduc's Cote D'écoute (Effendi, 2005)--originally comes from Toronto, while saxophonist Christine Jensen hails from British Columbia. But an increasing number of artists seem to be finding their way to Montreal. With strong scenes in cities ...read more