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Alain Caron: Conversations

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Canadian bassist Alain Caron is best-known as the former member of collaborative 1980s fusion group UZEB and his own projects as a leader since that time, including the house beats-meets-ambient electronica-meets-contemporary fusion of 5 (BHM, 2005) and the concert DVD Alain Caron Live: Cabaret de Montréal (Norac, 2006). Still, digging into his past it becomes clear that Caron's reach has always been broader. As capable with acoustic bass as he is the fretless electric variety, Caron spent considerable time in ...

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Alain Caron Live: Cabaret de Montreal

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Alain Caron Live: Cabaret de Montréal Norac Records 2006

Since the break-up of Canadian fusion group UZEB in the early 1990s, the only member to continue evolving in the direction set by the group has been bassist Alain Caron. Outside of his short-lived horn and percussion-centric Wild Unit, guitarist Michel Cusson has chosen to work in the area of television and film scoring, while drummer Paul Brochu has turned to ...

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UZEB: The Last Concert

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UZEB The Last Concert Norac Records 2006 In its twelve-year run, Canadian fusion group UZEB never cracked the US market, though they were immensely popular at home and in Europe. Between 1981 and 1990 the group released ten records documenting its remarkable growth and maturity. Initially a quartet, it was the last few years when, pared down to a trio, UZEB released its most memorable music, beginning with Noisy Nights (Avant-garde, 1988). ...

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Alain Caron: 5

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Ever since Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke and Jeff Berlin redefined the role of electric bass in the 1970s, there's been a multitude of players aiming to expand its reach. But despite its potential as a melodic equal, it's still important for bassists to create a rhythmic foundation--even if this sometimes seems a contradiction in purpose. Few contemporary bassists successfully straddle the line, and far more cross it into excess. Marcus Miller, for example, often makes his bass the primary voice, ...