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  • Meet Pianist Baptiste Trotignon

    July 2, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Meet Baptiste Trotignon.  He's an immensely talented pianist in both the classical and jazz tradition, and he plays in the Moutin Reunion Quartet.  Trotignon recently released Share, a collaboration with American jazz musicians.  Last night at the Salle de Gesu in Montreal, the synthesis was on full display.  But there was nothing synthetic about it.  Trotignon's performance increased in intensity, in part because the band itself grew in size.

    The first song was a trio with bassist Matt Penman and drummer Greg Hutchinson.  The title?  "First Song."

    Next up, saxophonist Mark Turner joins the trio for "Flow."  Turner plays the first five minutes all by himself.  Pretty amazing stuff.

    After the flow, Jeremy Pelt brings his flugelhorn for the intimate ballad, "Samsara."

  • Monterey Quartet

    July 2, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    The Monterey Quartet is bassist Dave Holland, pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, drummer Eric Harland, and saxophonist Chris Potter.
    This band was created out of whole cloth for the 50th Anniversary of the Monterey Jazz Festival.  Last night, they played to a packed house at the Theatre Maisonneuve for the 30th Anniversary of Montreal Jazz Festival, and they blew the roof off the place (figuratively, of course).  Check out out the mono board feed of Eric Harland's "Treachery," the first song they played.

    That's one of many reasons why Eric Harland is quite possibly one of the most in-demand drummers today.
    If you need another, listen to a drum solo after the jump.
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  • Why "The Bad Plus"?

    July 1, 2009. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    Why not? The Bad Plus - and vocalist Wendy Lewis - stopped by today to speak with Michael Bourne. Known for their irreverent songs titles, Michael asked the group about the origin of their name. Drummer Dave King says he chose 'The Bad Plus' because it was nothing more than memorable... as was their performance last night at l'Astral, the new performance space at the Maison du Jazz, new headquarters for the Festival. The group plays several more times before the Festival ends.  Check out our photos of the performance on out flickr page.