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Review

Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, January 22, 2010

Cordâme features Marie Neige Lavigne on violin, Julie-Odile Gauthier-Morin on cello and Jean Felix Mailloux on contrabass & compositions plus guests Rémi Giguère on guitars and percussion by Ziya Tabassian and Pierre Tanguay. Migration is an odyssey through a world imagined by Jean Felix Mailloux. By researching on ancient, Persian, Indian and Armenian music and modal and improvised music, Jean Felix was able to absorb it to create this universe somewhere in between tradition and modernity, improvisation and written music.

I must agree with that description. I found this music to be a superb blend of exotic and modern influences. Encompassing a jazz trio (electric guitar/acoustic bass/drums) and a string trio, the shifting/blending between the two trios is seamless. Percussionist Ziya Tabassian plays strong hand percussion that supports and uplifts the spirits. I wasn’t familiar with guitarist Rémi Giguère before this disc but I am most impressed with playing here, reminding me of the way Brad Shepik plays those Middle/Eastern Euro melodies in Pachora or the Tiny Bell Trio. If I didn’t know any better, I would think that this disc would be found on the Radical Jewish Culture series of Tzadik. Every one of the thirteen songs here has a winning memorable melody as well as consistently crafty playing and smart arrangements.

Every one of the thirteen songs here has a winning memorable melody as well as consistently crafty playing and smart arrangements.

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