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Jean Derome More from the press

In the press

  • Alain Brunet, La Presse, February 21, 1999
  • Chris Blackford, The Wire, no. 180, February 1, 1999
    … a more rough and ready celebration of unusual sound creation.
  • Vincent Collard, Ici Montréal, October 22, 1998
    Ici, on est dans le ludisme pur.
  • Vincent Collard, Ici Montréal, October 15, 1998
    Un beau mélange de maturité et de folie.
  • Alain Brunet, La Presse, October 10, 1998
  • Andrew Magilow, Splendid E-Zine, September 14, 1998
    … tightly-wound tracks that are strict in arrangement yet mathematically complex, ranging in style from sultry jazz to circus music to mod-sounding surf music.

Soundcheck

Chris Blackford, The Wire, no. 180, February 1, 1999

Derome’s duo album with Joane Hétu is also suffused with playful elements, especially Jonquille. In which a list of single words is recited to charming rhythmic effect. Mostly however the duo explores abstract improv. Hétu’s wordless vocals (and occasional,alto sax) rising expressively against Derome’s alto sax and numerous small wind instruments. Use of the latter lends the improvising a refreshing anti-virtuosic feel, where technical polish is abandoned for a more rough and ready celebration of unusual sound creation. L’étrier typifies the physical thrill of extreme sounds in extraordinary juxtapositions. Fans of Phil Minton and Doger Turner’s duo will welcome this equally adventurous Canadian pair with wide open minds.

… a more rough and ready celebration of unusual sound creation.

Compact

Vincent Collard, Ici Montréal, October 22, 1998

Ici, on est dans le ludisme pur. Un duo d’improvisation où la complicité du couple est un sine qua non. Les ressources sonores de la voix, des instruments à vent et de toutes les «gogosses» possibles pouvant produir un son quelconque sont exploitées à outrance, sans compromis. Le plus aigu, le plus grave, le plus fort, le plus doux; tout s’enchaîne dans la spontanéité folle de ces deux enfants qui déconnent, comme sans se rendre compte qu’on les observe. Forcément, tout n’est pas d’un égal intérét. Mais cette façon de faire les choses donne parfois des résultats étonnants…

Ici, on est dans le ludisme pur.

Compact

Vincent Collard, Ici Montréal, October 15, 1998

Déjà un troisième CD pour les Zhoms. Cet album, enregistré live au théâtre La Chapelle, impressionne en premier lieu par la qualité de la prise de son signée Pierre Léger (on n’aurait guère mieux en studio), ensuite par la solidité des musiciens {dont la callaboration remonte à bien plus loin que la naissance du band), qui passent avec une tranquille assurance du jazz le plus sage au bruitisme le plus violent, en passant par tous les rythmes rock, latins, funk ou dixieland. La construction des pièces est savante, ce qui n’empêche pas les solos d’être complètement éclatés. Un beau mélange de maturité et de folie.

Un beau mélange de maturité et de folie.

Review

Andrew Magilow, Splendid E-Zine, September 14, 1998

If authenticity is your main attraction to revivalist music, Jean Derome and company should be right up your alley. On this stunning 43-track CD, Derome leads the way through two compositions that are subdivided into smaller pieces. The first 26 tracks, recorded in 1994, pay homage to the Oulipian Georges Pérec. In a true Oulipian approach, Derome produces tightly-wound tracks that are strict in arrangement yet mathematically complex, ranging in style from sultry jazz to circus music to mod-sounding surf music. There are even a few sprinklings of Monk emanating from some of the tunes, and the disc will be easily accessible to swing-band fans yet still eccentric enough to entice those searching for musical peculiarity. The second half of the CD, entitled Tu r’luttes, shows the more improvisational side of Derome and crew, as a chaotic, free jazz strain runs through the tracks. Think Zorn’s extremism without his aural ferocity. With many of your favourite Ambiances Magnetiques artists in tow, including Pierre Tanguay, René Lussier and Frank Lozano, Derome proves his amazing compositional ability while showcasing the outrageously overlooked Canadian talent that’s available. We’ve said it before, but if you haven’t checked out the Canadian experimental scene, you’re missing out on some awesome musical energy.

… tightly-wound tracks that are strict in arrangement yet mathematically complex, ranging in style from sultry jazz to circus music to mod-sounding surf music.