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François Couture, Monsieur Délire, October 27, 2010

Premiered to open the 10th Off Montréal Jazz Festival (2009) with 50 musicians, the Tremblement de fer suite has now been committed to rrecord in a studio version rearranged for 12 musicians. Most parts of this suite are a normal extension of the direction traced by Manivelle, Pierre Labbé’s previous record on Ambiances Magnétiques (with his quartet) — Serpents et échelles from that record is even revisited — in big band form. Rather powerful arrangements, occasionally heavy though mostly lively. The music is carried by a carefully assembled ensemble including, among others, Jean Derome, Bernard Falaise, Guillaume Dostaler, and Pierre Tanguay.

The music is carried by a carefully assembled ensemble

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