Thursday, February 14, 2008

Links - I forget which volume

Let me first say that ESP-Disk sent me some KILLER stuff in the last year and I've neglected to write about any of it...until now.

I have say that I really dug the Don Cherry: Live At Cafe Montmartre 1966 session with Gato Barbieri, Karl Berger (vibes), Bo Stief (bass) and Aldo Romano (drums). You don't really hear records like that (at least I didn't in my jazz listening) and it made me finally go out and buy some Don Cherry records I've been meaning to check out forever: Brown Rice, which both my boss and my buddy Mitchell Feldman rave about all the time.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Yannick Rieu Trio

I took this photo during the recent IAJE conference (which I've yet to blog about - mainly because it's a complete blur in my mind) at The Rex Jazz Club in Toronto. It was a Justin Time Records showcase. Yannick is an excellent Montréal-based tenor player whom I might end up working with a little bit down the line.

He sounds like a mixture of Tony Malaby or Chris Potter's muscularity with a hint of mid-60s Sonny Rollins lyricism and he's not afraid of playing standards.

Apparently he's in his early 40s which is remarkable since he's such a killing player who is completely unknown here in the States. Add him to the list...

I'd venture a guess that the number of editors and contibutors to the major jazz magazines here in the US who have ever heard this guy's name, number less than 10. That's sad.

Check him out here: