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Chantale Gagné: Composer on the Rise

Read "Chantale Gagné: Composer on the Rise" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Chantale Gagné has been locked in with some of the best musicians on the scene since the pianist/composer moved to jny: New York City in 2008. She's an import from Quebec. Raised in a rural part of the province, she cut her teeth in jazz circles in jny: Montreal before moving to the Big Apple. She's not only taken to the town, but her deft touch and great feel on her instrument has endeared her to musicians in her new ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Chantale Gagné: The Left Side Of The Moon

Read "The Left Side Of The Moon" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Montreal native pianist Chantal Gagné's third release as a leader, Left Side of the Moon brims with a fantastical mysticism. A translucent aura surrounds the ten Gagné compositions, and one cover, that comprise the album while an intense, organic passion permeates their core.The darkly hued title track for instance is an incandescent ballad with an intriguingly tense ambience. Gagné's classically influenced cascading phrases and saxophonist Steve Wilson's ardently undulating lines embellish the main theme before drummer Lewis Nash's ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Chantale Gagné: The Left Side Of The Moon

Read "The Left Side Of The Moon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Chantale Gagné isn't afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve. With each release she's become more demonstrative in the manner in which she presents her music. Silent Strength (Self Produced, 2008) was her first step, and the first look at how she functioned with the high-end rhythm section of drummer Lewis Nash and bassist Peter Washington; The luminous and stunning Wisdom Of The Water (Self Produced, 2010) came next, with Gagné adding vibraphonist Joe Locke to the shimmering ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Chantale Gagne: Wisdom of the Water

Read "Wisdom of the Water" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Chantale Gagné has adopted what seems to be the perfect persona for her album, Wisdom of the Water. The young, Montreal-based pianist appears here as an almost childlike water sprite, a naiad, who sometimes mixes fun with erudition too. This is a perfect persona for the metaphor that is brought to fruition as it rushes and bubbles, but always flows onward to what becomes an exciting conclusion on songs throughout the entire album. With the graceful flow of ever changing ...


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