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François Couture, Monsieur Délire, March 25, 2014

At first, Cordâme was a string trio, but Montreal bassist Jean-Félix Mailloux’s band keeps on growing in size. On Rêve éveillé, violin, cello and doublebass are joined by Guillaume Bourque’s clarinets, Annabelle Renzo’s harp, Isaiah Ceccarelli’s drumkit, and, most importantly, François Bourassa’s piano. Recorded live in March 2013, this new album features mostly new compositions (and the ones that were previously recorded have been rearranged). Mailloux’s music is growing closer and closer to John Zorn’s jazzier, mystical side: easy to listen to, hybridized with various world cultures, sensual, and rich from a deep artistic process. The match between Cordâme and Bourassa (one of Quebec’s top-rated jazz pianists) borders on perfection. Balm for the soul.

Balm for the soul.