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Mike Wood, Foxy Digitalis, 1 août 2006

This is stunning minimal jazz driven by sonic invention. Double bassist Martel has long been a fixture in the Montréal jazz and Musique Actuelle scene, and here he produces a tour de force filled with the possibilities not only of the genre, but for his instrument as well. His prepared bass experiments involve attaching paper clips and sticks, among other objects, to the bass, as well as trying out several variations of bowed and finger techniques. The result is amazingly dense, and coherent. You do not get the sense that this is virtuoso masturbation. Martel is seeking out new sounds, new ways to force the bass center stage, and he succeeds. Highlights include Cages, which is probably a nod to the master of prepared instrumentation. Dresser and Felt Clips hum and ache in ways the bass rarely has been able to convey. The two part Mulo suite is a perfection of his harmonic and experimental ideas, as is the amazing Correspondances Domestiques. Martel has also applied his vision to the Montréal avant-garde band Rake Star, but here, following his own ideas, the results are more satisfying. While Canada has not been known for its adventurous music, enough proof has been amassed that now that ought to change. From the Noise and avant-rock typical of Canadian labels like Alien8, to the powerful jazz scene in Montréal, our neighbors have been quietly but forcefully doing more than just slowly becoming a new model for real Democracy. Martel is only one of the visionary artists fueling that transformation. 9/10

Double bassist Martel has long been a fixture in the Montréal jazz and Musique Actuelle scene, and here he produces a tour de force filled with the possibilities not only of the genre, but for his instrument as well.

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