Intriguing high energy modern jazz originals Alex Lefaivre – YUL: Readers who live in Canada may recognize the album title – it’s the airport code for Montreal, where bassist Alex resides… he composed all the pieces, and his high energy bass playing is complimented by Erik Hove on Alto Saxophone, Nicolas Ferron on Guitar and Mark Nelson doing Drums… as you listen to the passionate strains of “The Righteous”, you will hear why I was strongly moved to write about Alex’s great music… the recording is just excellent, and each of the players has a distinctive voice on their instrument… a very satisfying tune.
Though I couldn’t find a video from this upcoming release, you can get a nice feel for how these gents play together in their performance of a tune called “Cascade“, below…
…isn’t that sweet? Be sure and SUBSCRIBE to Alex’s YouTube channel while you’re there, too… if that one intrigued you, you’re going to LOVE what they do with the studio recording of this excellent song, too… very concentrated and focused & perfect for a cruise through the minds of these great improvisational players!
My old ears couldn’t help but be wrapped up in the dense, rich and thick sounds the quartet paints on “The Juggernaut“… of course, I cheated a bit, as I listened to it with my headphones on – & can’t recommend strongly enough that you do the same; you’ll find yourself listening to this tune over and over again… in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets nominated for (and WINS) an award… a superb jazz excursion.
Of the eight (long) performances offered up, it is (unquestionably) the title track, “YUL“, that gets my vote for personal favorite… Alex’s bass is right at the forefront, yet not intrusive (in the least)…. it’s also the longest songs on the album, so each player has their chance to shine – BRILLIANTLY!
I give Alex and his musical compadres a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this excellent aural adventure. Get more information (plus, watch many videos) on Alex’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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