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by AAJ Staff
On Cactus, his fourth record, François Bourassa's piano trio becomes a quartet with the addition of saxophonist André Leroux. Leroux adds a lot of spice by playing some spirited solos that utilize the full range of his instrument, occasionally venturing into extended techniques to achieve the maximum effect of overtones and underblown delicacy. The pieces on Cactus where Leroux lends his horn are certainly the finest on the record.
Otherwise, the Bourassa trio suffers from a problem common to many ...read more
by Rick Bruner
Intuition is the second release from the Francois Carrier Trio. They perform frequently in Quebec City and it’s a treat to be able to hear these outstanding Canadian musicians. Mr. Carrier plays impassioned alto saxophone in a program of deeply emotional and spontaneous incantations. His band mates (Pierre Cote, bass, and Francois Cote, drums) provide intuitive support and excellent solos. The band has been working together for several years and have developed an impressive empathy.
The music on this 77 ...read more