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Review

Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, October 30, 2009

This is saxist & composer, Pierre Labbé’s second disc for the Ambiances Magnétiques label, although he was also a member of Les Projectionnistes with Bernard Falaise as well. Mr. Falaise is one of the best and busiest guitarists to emerge from the great Québécois scene and can be heard on dozens of discs. Over the past few years drummer Isaiah Ceccarelli has also been busy playing a number of fine AM sessions as as one with him as the leader. Pour Le Moment is a subdued song for elegant jazz guitar, warm tenor sax and sizzling brushes.I dig the dancing groove that Isaiah sets up on Corpus. Although Pierre is the main composer here, he does a great job of setting up Bernard Falaise to play lots diverse guitar parts and taking inspired solos. Each piece provides a different challenge for the quartet, since Pierre keeps changing the structures. For the title piece, Pierre plays an ongoing rhythmic groove on his sax while the rest of the quartet has to shift changing tempo or balance. I dig the way the quartet uses space on Fes to carefully place notes in a most suspenseful way. This music is in between categories like jazz and rock, but does use elements of both. Matos shifts between more rockin’ sections and abrupt spacious interludes, it seems to work but it hard to explain exactly why. I dig the way Isaiah’s exuberant drums kick off La Kuchika, yet it is the laid back clicking groove that fuels the rest of the piece. Mr. Labbé does a consistently good job of keeping two shifting ideas moving along together with various interconnected parts. The occasional twisted guitar solo by Falaise is an added plus. This is one of those unrecognized gems that will take some time to fully absorb all of the fine points and intricate ideas buried within.

This is one of those unrecognized gems that will take some time to fully absorb all of the fine points and intricate ideas buried within.