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Review

Mike Chamberlain, Hour, 5 octobre 2000

La Casa Obscura as it existed when this recording was made in June 1999 was the back room of an artist’s space on Rachel street. No sign on the door, no announcement in the newspapers - you had to know someone to even know about the gigs that Jean Derome and cohorts Pierre Cartier and Pierre Tanguay performed in that winter and spring. So this set of Monk tunes has a certain ramshackle good-spiritedness and intimacy that underground jazz has always had - at least in our romantic imaginings. Derome’s acrid alto and wit (he’s fond of slipping in sly quotations from other songs in his solos) dominate, while Cartier’s bass and Tanguay’s rattletrap drumming provide charming colour. ***

Derome’s acrid alto and wit…dominate, while Cartier’s bass and Tanguay’s rattletrap drumming provide charming colour.

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