728 x 90
Everything for the Music Enthusiast.
Music CDs and DVDs, books, musical instruments, music gear, music software, recording gear, audio equipment, music accessories, and more. Music promotion.
Promote Your Music | Subscribe | Advertise | Music Webmasters
Register/Login
Search OW
VIRTUAL CD - Listen          MUSIC REVIEWS        MUSIC RECOMMENDATIONS        NEW MUSIC RELEASES       CD ARCHIVES        ARCHIVES
Cover Stories | Features | Spotlights | Rising Stars | Launchpad | Kaleidoscope | New DVDs | New Soundtracks | Music Books | Music Software | Audio Equipment

Cirque Du Soleil
“Someone”
Delirium
(Cirque Du Soleil)
[listen] [buy] [download]

Patricia Barber
“Whiteworld/Oedipus”
Mythologies
(Blue Note)
[listen] [buy]

Cirque Du Soleil
“Someone”
Delirium
(Cirque Du Soleil)
[listen] [buy] [download]

Jim Pearce
“Why I Haven't Got You”
Prairie Dog Ballet
(Oak Avenue Publishing)
[listen] [buy]

Andy Timmons Band
“Gone (9/11/01)”
Resolution
(Favored Nations)
[listen] [buy]

Ralph Towner
“If”
Time Line
(ECM Records)
[listen] [buy]

Anoushka Shankar
"Beloved"
Rise
(Angel)
[listen]

Amos Lee
"Arms Of A Woman"
Amos Lee
(Blue Note)
[listen]

Julius Curcio
"American Pie"
Alligator Shoes
(Electric Roots)
[listen] [buy]

Lemon
"Come Alive"
Changing Into Me
[listen] [buy]

Feature [Issue #22]
: Montreal Jazz Festival
By Scott Yanow



In Canada during late June/early July, the country hosts a series of overlapping jazz festivals that often stretch for 10-12 days. This year, Winnipeg’s ten-day festival (June 15-24) and a relatively “modest” seven-day marathon in Alberta (June 19-25) mostly preceded festivals in Ottawa (June 21-July 2), Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria (each of which took place June 23-July 2), topped off by the largest one in Montreal (June 29-July 9).

I n July 1, there were no less than seven major festivals going on at the same time.  While this makes it difficult for fans to go to more than two festivals, it makes it relatively easy for musicians to go festival hopping, performing at a variety of major events across the country.  Why doesn’t the United States have a similar situation?

The Montreal Jazz Festival (officially known as the Festival International De Jazz De Montreal) was founded in 1970.  The festival features huge free outdoor concerts each night (although surprisingly little takes place before 5 PM) and ticketed indoor events, attracting over 100,000 fans.  There is never any attempt to limit the roster to just jazz, particularly in the outside extravaganzas, mixing together Canadian, European, and American musicians from a wide variety of idioms.

I was fortunate enough to attend 11 indoor concerts during the first half of the festival.  Guitarist Bireli Lagrene and drummer Aldo Romano were the major guests this year; both appeared with five different groups.  Lagrene, originally known as a young teenager who had mastered the Django Reinhardt sound and style to a startling degree, has since played a wide variety of music without discarding his roots.  He was teamed with organist Joey DeFrancesco (who has no peers on his instrument) and drummer Andre Ceccarelli in a trio that offered for me the highpoints of the festival.  Lagrene and DeFrancesco, who had rarely played together before, constantly challenged and broke up each other with their virtuosity and witty ideas.  They swung up a storm on basic material (medium-tempo blues, “What Is This Thing Called Love,” “I Wish You Love,” “All The Things You Are,” etc.), exciting the audience and each other with their joyful music.

Second place in my estimation was John Zorn’s Masada, a quartet featuring altoist Zorn, trumpeter Dave Douglas, bassist Greg Cohen, and drummer Joey Baron. Using Eastern European folk songs and Jewish melodies as a base, the group played very adventurous improvisations with Zorn’s squawks, honks, and slap-tonguing often becoming both violent and purposely humorous. Douglas was not overshadowed and the rhythm section was constantly pushing the lead players.  This group was a big hit, being forced into not only two encores but a pair of curtain calls.

Although some of the other music I heard was more conventional, every group was in top form, being inspired by the enthusiastic crowds and the prestigious settings.  Singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli paid tribute to Frank Sinatra with the assistance of a big band of top local players.  Although Pizz did not play enough guitar (usually scatting along in unison with his solos), his charm and wit won everyone over.

The immortal pianist McCoy Tyner headed a septet for what was called “The Story Of Impulse Records.”  Though nothing was said about Impulse, the band (trumpeter Wallace Roney, trombonist Steve Turre, tenor-saxophonist Eric Alexander, altoist Donald Harrison, the brilliant bassist Charnett Moffett, and drummer Eric Gravatt) played well on a variety of hard bop classics including “Stolen Moments.”  Tyner and Harrison were in particularly fine form.

Among the Canadian performers, I was impressed by tenor-saxophonist Yannick Rieu (doubling on soprano), who utilized a two-bass quintet with pianist Francois Bourassa on atmospheric originals and Sonny Rollins tunes, pianist Julie LaMontagne, whose writing for her trio utilizes tricky time signatures and unexpected rhythms, a fine up-and-coming jazz singer Melissa Stylianou, and altoist Christine Jensen, whose increasingly original approach to soloing and writing is letting her emerge from the shadow of her sister trumpeter Ingrid Jensen..

The very popular European trio E.S.T. fused together jazz, fusion, pop, folk and classical music in their intriguing and stimulating performance.  Altoist Kenny Garrett was quite intense during his blazing solos with his quartet, other than on a pair of lyrical ballads during which he switched to soprano.  Drummer Aldo Romano, bassist Henri Texier, and Louis Sclavis on clarinet, bass clarinet and soprano performed purposeful and concise originals that included rambunctious free bop, folkish melodies, episodic improvisations, a mysterious Near Eastern ballad and a drunken comical march, all of it consistently inventive and colorful.

This is just a partial summary of the hundreds of performances that took place in Montreal during the 11-day marathon.  This festival is well worth attending, and further information can be gained from its website, www.montrealjazzfest.com.





Montreal Jazz Festival


buy issue order article copy printer friendly email

print license web license buy music tickets


More OW Feature articles on
NAMM Show 2007: What's Next In Music? The New Feeling of Jazz:Setting The New Standards The Playboy Jazz Festival: Hef Brings The Jazz Giants
The James Moody Scholarship Jazz Art Community Live at UCLA, Feb 24
SXSX 2006: A Week Of Magical, Musical Moments NAMM Show 2006 Buyer's Guide: Jazz Christmas CDs
Complete Library of Congress Recordings Reinventing The Beatle SXSW: Music's Meeting Ground
Exclusive Interview With Tommy Ramone Alan Lomax: Ambassador To The Ages Part II A Personal Note on Nirvana: With The Lights Out
Alan Lomax: Ambassador To The Ages Part I Ray Charles: An American Genius Southern Culture In Southern California: An Interview With Mark Neill, Soil Of The South Music Production
Coachella Valley Music Festival Turntablism: Not For DJs Only SXSW Music Conference 2004
Behind The Names Of Rock Jazz Present
How To Buy Speakers (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Listen for the Music) Give The Gift Of Music Give The Gift Of Music
Coming Up? Shall We Dance? Hi-Fi Lives
Timeless Blues Latin Music: Where Is It Headed Anyway? Hail To The Thief
And On The Eighth Day, Punk Was Born!: Part II Music Therapy Music Therapy
A Blues Powerhouse And On The Eight Day, Punk Was Born: Punk I Teaching You The Four R's: Readin', Ritin', Rithmetic, Rock!
Ready For The Four Rs? Readin', Ritin', Rithmetic, Rock!
 



About
| Contact | Jobs | Privacy Policy | Advertisers | Archives | Advertise | Subscribe
Listen To ONE WAY Virtual CD Music Online | New Releases | Upcoming Shows
| Music Webmaster Affiliate Program | Music Link Exchange | Music Bands, Links, Info

Find out more about music promotion through ONE WAY Magazine

   Copyright © 2006 ONE WAY Online. All rights reserved.


 


 


  Internet Links: