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Canadian guitarist Sylvain Provost appears alongside electric bassist Norman Lachapelle and drummer Paul Brochu on this April 2004 live recording from Montreal's Le Va-Et-Vient club. Provost's previous album from 2001, also in a trio setting, included Lachapelle.
Provost's style is essentially mainstream and his largest influence appears to be Pat Metheny, with the same clear but slightly blurred notes on both the ballads and up-tempo tunes. However, you need to be prepared for the lengthy fusion track, "Short Life." The ironically titled piece is just shy of nine minutes and conjures up images of John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu period, plus the use of guitar electronics that McLaughlin may not have had access to then, but certainly Metheny has had the opportunity to utilize since.
Live gets off to a nice start with the up-tempo Lachapelle original "Repli Stategique" and continues with Provost's "Urban Blues." "Parfum D'Automne" features a lengthy electric bass solo from Lachapelle, as does the bassist's "L'Irlandaise." Then he is joined by Provost, tres Metheny, done effectively. The more fragmentary "Taramacouta" is is played aggressively by the group. Provost returns to mainstream territory with cleanly articulated work on "Le Foetus," and Brochu, who remains tasteful throughout, has his moments on "Short Life" and "Taramacouta."
Track Listing: Repli Strategique; Urban Blues; Parfum D'Automne; L'Irandaise; Short Life; Le Foetus;
Taramacouta; Taramacouta; Le "B".
Personnel: Sylvain Provost: guitars; Norman Lachapelle: bass; Paul Brochu: drums.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.