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Jazzlab: Octo Portraits

Read "Octo Portraits" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

There is much more to Jazzlab's molten Octo Portraits than a sense that the ensemble is so finely attuned to each other as to create works of timbral excellence and nuanced textures. The outstanding voices of the individual instrumentalists are not hidden in this bubbling liquefaction, beaming radiantly through the crack in the door each time it is opened for soloing--which is every once in awhile. The result is an enriched mixture of programmatic and improvised music of the highest ...

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JazzLab: Chance Meeting

Read "Chance Meeting" reviewed by Martin Gladu

Since Montreal's bustling post-war heydays of live entertainment, local jazz musicians and entrepreneurs have continually found creative ways to present the music. No strangers to the concert production business, Effendi Records' founders, bassist Alain Bédard and vocalist Carole Therrien, created the JazzLab project to actively promote their expanding roster and brand (which has recently coalesced into a distinct visual identity). Initially conceived as a live concept in 2002, the tandem released Réunion in 2004. The formula, while quite simple, is ...