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Frank Rubolino, Cadence, no 25:5, 1 mai 1999

Two stalwarts ot the Eastern Canadian Jazz scene join forces on La Vie qui bat, chevreuil. Guitarist René Lussier and percussionist Pierre Tanguay perform a duet that combines multiple instrumentation, voice, theater, a background chorus, and an odd twist on originality. When they are having fun, the music takes on a lighthearted demeanor with happy voice insertions and rhythmic lines, but when they get serious the music turns complex, sullen, and intricate. These artists are about turning sounds into a musical experience, even it the music is not easily accessible and the experience is demanding Lussier is a creative improviser, using the saw-like daxophone as well as the guitar to continuously alter the direction ot the music. It can be wild and wooly, or relatively calm, but it is constantly changing and ambitious. The tully improvised portions at hrst seem directionless, but it all seems to tie together as Lussier invades strange and unusual realms ot pure sound Tanguay plays a wide array of percussion instruments and drums that add to the intricacy of the improvisations. Yet, just as quickly they put on their tun-loving iaces to add a carnival atmosphere to the periormance. Ten selections, grouped as Le catalogue, are 20 to 50 second alternating outbursts oi solo sound as each artist switches instruments to create a quilt oi many musical colors. Musicians trom Canada continue to impress the Jazz world, and Lussier and Tanguay are among the most impressive.

Musicians from Canada continue to impress the Jazz world, and Lussier and Tanguay are among the most impressive.