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Benjamin Deschamps

A Montreal native, Benjamin Deschamps started learning about music at Collège Notre-Dame where he chose to play classic saxophone. Pushed by his profound desire to become a musician, he persues his musical studies at Cégep Saint-Laurent with Jean-Pierre Zanella. It is during this period that he discovers his passion for jazz and joins the Montreal All City Big Band as lead alto. He will play in the group from 2006 to 2010 which gave him the opportunity amongst other things, to participate in the recording of the album Lulu Hughes & The Montreal All City Big Band. Benjamin went to McGill University to further his understanding and enlarge his musical horizons

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

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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 ...

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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.

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