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Étymologie Trio Derome Guilbeault Tanguay

a standout release in the label’s ever-growing catalogue. Signal to Noise, USA

… they show their deep affinity with the material. They stay close to the original pieces, but not in a nostalgic way. Vital, Netherlands

Recorded at the historic Lion d’Or in front of a full house on June 29, 2006, this performance is a living embodiment of the ongoing musical conversation among three great friends—and great artists. Their playing is imbued with the essential spirit of jazz modernism, featuring group interplay of the highest order. — Mike Chamberlain, April 2007

Stereo

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

DVD-Video [NTSC, multi-region]: Surround 5.1 (Dolby Digital) + Stereo 2.0 (Dolby Digital) • English subtitles

Étymologie

Live • L’Off Festival de Jazz de Montréal 2006

Trio Derome Guilbeault Tanguay

Jean Derome, Normand Guilbeault, Pierre Tanguay

Notices

Étymologie

The first time I saw Jean Derome, Normand Guilbeault and Pierre Tanguay was in March 1997. On that occasion, the three were playing-along with trombonist Tom Walsh and pianist Guillaume Dostaler — in Réunion, a group under Tanguay’s leadership. The quintet played compositions by Duke Ellington, Ben Webster and Harry “Sweets” Edison. I was immediately captivated by their formidable sense of swing and the manner in which each was attuned to the subtle variations that the others played.

Fast forward several years, past wonderful performances by bassist Guilbeault’s Mingus Project and the Monk repertory trio Évidence, with Derome, Tanguay, and bassist Pierre Cartier, to the Trio Derome Guilbeault Tanguay. On their first album, 10 compositions, recorded in 2003, and in performances at the time, the Trio reworked Derome compositions dating back, in some cases, almost 30 years, in what might be loosely termed an advanced hard-bop fashion.

Subsequently, the Trio has returned, for the most part, to its activities as a repertory ensemble. Their second album, The Feeling of Jazz, includes material from the whole spectrum of jazz history. Compositions by Eric Dolphy, Misha Mengelberg, Lennie Tristano, and Charles Mingus are featured in their live sets, along with pieces written by Derome. But these mature artists are not content to re-create the originals. They have too much respect for the spirit, and yes, the feeling, of jazz to do that. Each performance of the Trio is an episode in their continuing dialogue with one another and the music. As with Réunion, and through the work with their other jazz-oriented groups, their playing is imbued with the essential spirit of jazz modernism, featuring group interplay of the highest order.

Étymologie (titled, appropriately, from a Derome composition written as an homage to Ornette Coleman) is a DVD-Video recording of their set at the 2006 edition of L’Off Festival de Jazz de Montréal. In it, we can see clearly the gentle, warm wit of the musicians and their mutual musical empathy. Recorded at the historic Lion d’Or in front of a full house on June 29, 2006 (coincidentally, Derome’s 51st birthday), this performance is a living embodiment of the ongoing musical conversation among three great friends — and great artists.

Mike Chamberlain, Montréal [iv-07]

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