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Alex Lefaivre Quartet: YUL

Read "YUL" reviewed by Anya Wassenberg

Bassist and composer Alex Lefaivre's YUL is named after the airport code for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, Canada, and the liner notes say the release was inspired by his home town and its cosmopolitan vibe. Like the fun-loving city, the album's sound is contemporary and imaginative.

YUL is characterized by ...

Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble: Polygon

Read "Polygon" reviewed by Pascal-Denis Lussier

Vancouver-born, Montreal-based alto saxophonist/composer Erik Hove is a compelling emergent leader, already a busy sideman on the city's scene, involved in all sorts of projects and playing with many local heavyweights since proving himself with the award-winning urban jazz Soundclash project he formed while in New York, studying with Greg Osby, and revived in Montreal, eventually ...

Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra: Habitat

Read "Habitat" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Christine Jensen is one of the new breed of composer / arrangers who write for large ensembles on a grand scale, favoring themes that paint well-drawn pictures and tell evocative stories, most of which are based on personal experiences or particular sights or sounds that have lingered in their mind and led them to put pen ...

Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra: Habitat

Read "Habitat" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The blurry photo that adorns the cover of Habitat is completely at odds with what awaits inside the package: Some of the most incredibly focused and finely wrought large ensemble music to emerge in recent memory.

Canadian saxophonist/composer Christine Jensen won plenty of fans with the her last jazz orchestra album--Treelines (Justin Time ...