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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bET_PtX77k