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Lex French

Lex French is a New Zealand trumpet player who is currently completing his doctoral studies in Montreal, Canada, where he is highly in demand and fast becoming a bright star on the Canadian jazz scene. He has been hailed by Radio Canada jazz critic Stanley Pean as “an extraordinary trumpeter”, and has been described as “one of New Zealand’s finest trumpeters " by critic John Fenton. He is also an internationally sought-after composer and arranger, and has recently been commissioned to write works for jazz orchestra, jazz quartet, string quartet, and massed trombone choir. Lex has recorded or performed with international artists including Bennie Maupin, Aaron Parks, Diana Krall, Patti Austin, Kurt Elling, Paul Anka, Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock), Andy Bell (Erasure), Bob Mintzer, Bill Cunliffe, Eric Marienthal, Alex Sipiagin, Jean-Michel Pilc, Ryan Truesdell, James Muller, Luis Bonilla, Dick Oatts, Joe LaBarbera, Clay Jenkins, Jim Pugh, Steve Houghton, Jeff Driskill, John Fedchock, Tom Warrington, Larry Koonse, Chris Cain, Bob Sheppard, Fima Ephron, Bill Ware, and Esdra 'Nenem' Ferreira



Label: Justin Time Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tipsy; Watching It All Slip Away; Genealogy; O Sacred Head, Now Wounded; Wind Up; Requiem; Day Moon; Beach Community.


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Watching It All Slip Away

Label: Justin Time Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 05:55


Article: Album Review

CODE Quartet: Genealogy

Read "Genealogy" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Chordless or not, quartets tend to find a way around the necessity of vertical simultaneousness to create significant harmonies. With the Montreal-based Code Quartet it's the former variety of instrumentation, combining a vital rhythm section of drum and bass with two horns, much like Ornette Coleman's groundbreaking quartet or its logical continuation in the group Old ...


Lex French Quartet: Live at the Rogue and Vagabond

Label: Thelonious Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: September in the Rain 12:21 Eule 09:33 Blues (For Tom Cruise {As He Puts on His Blue Suede Shoes [Before The Scientology Ball]}) 06:59 Chelsea Bridge 09:12 Beach Community 09:38


Ensemble de Magnac

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Intuition (feat. Sarah Rossy); Lady Justice; Psalm 23 / Chorale IV (feat. V.J.R. Bailey); Rocking Chair in 3 Sittings.


Lex French Quartet featuring James Muller: Prevent the Future

Label: Wizard Tone Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Sharp Knives and Roller Skates 06:20 Kasíd - for Abdulkareem Kasíd 07:55 Austerity 04:26 Rude Sketch 05:41 Remembrance - for DLF 07:00


Alexis French: The Cut

Label: Rattle Records (New Zealand)
Released: 2014
Track listing: The Schroon 05:14 Metro 10:36 Parc La Fontaine Blues and Greens 09:38 Aylmer 08:19 The Second Fall 06:22 The Cut 07:04 Up 05:38 Shakshuka 07:46


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