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Francois Bourassa Quartet: Number 9

Read "Number 9" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Number 9 è il titolo del nono album a proprio nome del pianista e band leader di Montreal Francois Bourassa, alla testa del suo classico quartetto, ormai attivo da oltre diciotto anni, che lo vede a fianco del multistrumentista André Leroux, del contrabbassista Guy Boisvert e del batterista Greg Ritchie.

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Francois Bourassa Quartet Releases "Number 9" on Effendi Records

Francois Bourassa Quartet Releases "Number 9" on Effendi Records

Featuring Francois Bourassa (piano, compositions), André Leroux (saxophones), Guy Boisvert (bass) & Greg Ritchie (drums) Available October 27 on Effendi Records (distributed worldwide by Naxos) Award-winning, critically-acclaimed pianist/composer Francois Bourassa’s new album—Number 9, his ninth album of all original music, dropping on October 27, 2017 on Effendi Records (distributed worldwide by Naxos), features his Quartet of longtime ...

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Pierre Labbe Sextet: Tromper Eustache

Read "Tromper Eustache" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Pierre Labbe's Tromper Eusatchesounds as if it was written for a full orchestra, or a heavy metal rock band. He employs a sextet--two saxophones, guitar/piano/bass drums-for a dark, foreboding sound, with dense, near, drone textures on the opener, “Inquie Ouie." “Soup Au Lait" ups the ante on that atmosphere, guitar wailing over a thick, trudging ...

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Samuel Blais/David Liebman: Cycling

Read "Cycling" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's no accounting for how great music comes together on record. Sometimes everything is meticulously laid out for months or years in advance, as artists use planning and implementation to their advantage in the creative process; other times, sparks just fly at spur of the moment sessions. Cycling falls into the latter category.

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John Roney: Preludes

Read "Preludes" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Intelligent programming in a jazz release provides its own reward in seasoning the recital contained therein with a thoughtful foundation. Canadian pianist John Roney entitles his recording Preludes and proceeds to populate the disc with exactly that, “Preludes," those brief, often standalone keyboard compositions from the Romantic era. Preludes most often feature a limited number of ...

Atomic Five: Atomic Five

Read "Atomic Five" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Intriguing, multi-sectioned compositions carry the day on Atomic 5's eponymously-titled debut CD. Written by pianist Beavan Flanagan, guitarist Nicolas Godmaire and saxophonist Steven Salcedo, the nine originals that comprise Atomic 5 nevertheless have a continuous narrative flow that makes for a musically satisfying and conceptually fresh listen. The playing throughout is sharp and nimble, though drummer ...

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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 ...

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Jean-Nicholas Trottier: Quartet

Read "Quartet" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

If anyone has learned Roswell Rudd's remarkable lesson in the infinitely mammalian voice simulations possible on the trombone, it's Jean-Nicholas Trottier. Quartet, Trottier's small ensemble record--earlier in 2009 he released his first, big band record--features the trombonist in almost splendid isolation, with only saxophonist Alexandre Côtè in play. Along with bassist Sébastien Pellerin and drummer Michel ...

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Min Rager: First Steps

Read "First Steps" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

It is not often that a woman is given much elbowroom in contemporary music, no matter how good she may be. However, when she is as good as Min Rager on First Steps, more than elbowroom had better be made for her and her piano. True, Rager has been preceded by a celestial pantheon of female ...

Sylvain Provost: Desirs Demodes

Read "Sylvain Provost: Desirs Demodes" reviewed by Robert J. Lewis

Sylvain Provost
Désirs Démodés
Effendi Records
2009



If you've been among the very best in your chosen field (of jazz piano) over a long career, there will inevitably come a time when what you say carries as much weight as what you play. So when pianist Oliver Jones, ...