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Mike Chamberlain, Hour, 13 avril 2006

Clarinettist Robert Marcel Lepage would probably agree that every jazz clarinettist must at some point come to terms with the heritage of the iconoclastic Pee Wee Russell, whose highly individual style within traditional swing settings not only explored the timbral possibilities of the instrument, but also raised questions of the relationship between the soloist and the musical context. Where Russell found himself in the company of conventional musicians, Lepage’s mates here are guitarist René Lussier, bassist Normand Guilbeault and drummer Pierre Tanguay, all of whom can be described as at least a bit to the left of the conventional path. Each of the compositions explores one aspect of Russell’s phrasing. The tour is a delight and a revelation: Pee Wee really did rock!

Each of the compositions explores one aspect of Russell’s phrasing. The tour is a delight and a revelation: Pee Wee really did rock!

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