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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2

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Various Venues
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
July 2-6, 2019

The festival celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with the usual dazzling array of musical offerings. And a few that were unusual: including concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of ECM Records (founder Manfred Eicher was awarded the Bruce ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Benjamin Deschamps: No Codes

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After having been exposed to the enticing Trioliloquy by the A/B Trio and Christian McBride's thrilling New Jawn, here is another formation which renounces any harmonic instrument and rather relies on the abilities of two saxophones and a tight rhythm section--so No Codes has no chords. Montreal-based alto saxophonist and composer Benjamin Deschamps is joined by ...

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Benjamin Deschamps

Based in Montreal, Benjamin Deschamps, named Révélation Radio-Canada Jazz 2017-18, is a really sought after saxophonist, flutist, clarinettist, composer and arranger. At the head of his own band, he won the Rimouski's Festi Jazz Grand Award in 2013 and released his first record What Do We Know in 2014 with his Quartet. Nominated twice for the Montreal's International Jazz Festival's TD Grand Award in 2014 and in 2017, he was also nominated for the Halifax Jazz Festival Stingray Rising Star award in 2018. Laureate of the Jazz Creation award by the Montreal Council for the Arts in 2016, Deschamps released his second record Demi-Nuit in 2017

Take Five with Alex Lefaivre

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About Alex Lefaivre

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Alex Lefaivre is a bassist known for his unique artistic voice, virtuosic skill, passionate work ethic and easy going personality. Equally proficient on both the upright and electric bass, he enjoys a busy schedule as a freelancer in a wide variety of musical styles. Alex ...

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Rachel Therrien: Home Inspiration

Read "Home Inspiration" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Canadian trumpeter Rachel Therrien's second release as a leader Home Inspiration, clearly establishes the Montreal native, even at this early stage of her career, as an accomplished composer and improviser. She contributes six of the ten originals on this cinematically inspired album, all of which have intricately constructed and memorable thematic frameworks.

The delightfully ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rachel Therrien: Home Inspiration

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Montreal-based trumpeter and composer Rachel Therrien's second album, Home Inspiration is a salutary reminder of something that the American jazz scene doesn't always seem to acknowledge--there's a thriving, young and imaginative jazz scene up north, in Canada.

All the tunes on Home Inspiration are originals, with Therrien taking composer credit for around half of ...

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Rachel Therrien: Home Inspiration

Read "Home Inspiration" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The big challenge for the young musician is developing a distinctive voice. This goes not just for the instrumental side of the equation, but maybe even more so in the band they put together. Competence and even virtuosic flare are fairly common, but without the voice, the sound can come out bland, pasteurized.

Trumpeter ...