Jean Derome pays homage to photographer Paul Strand through his compositions for the film Strand, Under the dark cloth (Ambiances magnétiques AM 064 CD). A setting like this could impose limitations. Consider the timing, musical vignettes that tick in at 24 seconds to just over four minutes on 18 tracks. However, Derome turns out to be a person with flair and each of the tunes tells a story, no matter the time. The portraits he unveils are hypnotic, gorgeous and stunning. He is not averse to staying away from free expression that melds percussion heavy grooves, voices and a melodic imprint in its rythmic texture. Adding that final touch to a rewarding album is the eclectic voice of Karen Young.