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Michel Bonin’s concert selection (Vancouver)

Michel Bonin
YEARS: | 2010 | 2012

June 28, 2012

6:00 PM
Rafael Zaldivar Trio with Greg Osby

Rafael Zaldivar Trio with Greg Osby

L'Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan)
$27.37 with taxes and fees
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As far as I am concerned, Osby is the real 'all-star' pick for this 33rd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Go listen and you will know what I mean! For those of Northeast Asian origin who may come to read this, Zaldivar is likely an unknown at least in China, South Korea and among the jazz savvy fans in Japan. He is also a stranger to me but not to the well-acquainted aficionados on the now rejuvenated jazz scene in Montreal. With places like 'Le Balmoral' and 'l'Astral', the 'quartier des spectacles' has turned the jazz scene into full year-round effervescence in this Quebec metropolis.This selection is being published in Japanese, Chinese and Korean through Japan Advertising, publisher of CanadaJournal.com. They are not in a particular order of appreciation but presented chronologically as they appear in the official program. My selctions can also be viewed in English on my own blog at www.michelbonin.com/blog and accessed through my tweets @pianoreflexions.
June 28, 2012

7:00 PM
Richard Galliano - From Bach to Piazzolla

Richard Galliano - From Bach to Piazzolla

Opening concert
Maison symphonique de Montréal
$65.42, $57.37 with taxes and fees
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The Gazette, CJAD 800AM
One of a record number of jazz musicians from France, more than I recall programmed at any previous editions of the FIJM, but I could be wrong Monsieur Ménard! Galliano is your chance to hear the next best thing if you missed the last Piazzolla's performance at the FIJM ages ago. This may be the closest anyone comes to emulate the Argentinian master of the tango and the 3/4 time rhythm. Piazzola, the genius innovator, already reconciled all by himself the somehow low-brow accordion with the 20th century by allowing it to blend the jazz, classical and pop idioms. Whereas Galliano, the multi instrumentalist, carries a lot of music history by stretching 'la relève' right into the 21th century. Another typically 'bleu' representation of what France has best contributed to contemporary jazz and western popular music in general, Galliano has already achieved what eluded Piazzolla, a recognition by being listed in the most reputable bibles of the jazz world.
June 29, 2012

9:00 PM
Pierrick Pédron

Pierrick Pédron

L'Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan)
$30.82 with taxes and fees
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The official program notes at the 33rd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal describe Pierrick Pédron as 'a devotee of bop, open to rock and steeped in musical harmony' who just committed 'an ambitious orchestral jazz opus performed with a brass band'. Influenced by first having been a dance band player back in Brittany where he grew up, Pédron switched to jazz early on. Unlike his French contemporaries who enjoyed the booming European scene at the turn of the century, he had chosen New York but eventually joined his folks back and has since become associated with the popular jazz bands that record live material from Paris. Prolific since his first album issued in 2004, he is best at ease playing as leader in a saxophone quartet. But one could not find who (if any) is to accompany this other rising star of the French jazz scene. Pierrick Pédron is one of half a dozen French musicians invited at the FIJM in 2012 who continue to build a career at home in Europe.
July 5, 2012

6:00 PM
Tord Gustavsen Trio with Håkon Kornstad and Jarle Vespestad

Tord Gustavsen Trio with Håkon Kornstad and Jarle Vespestad

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Gesù, Centre de créativité
$47.17 taxes and fees included
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The Gazette
The gods of jazz criticism, in this case, the eurocentric but respected Penguin Guide, just a few years ago qualified Tord Gustavsen's a 'seriously underrated (trio)'. In the case of the 42-year old Norwegian, the programmers feature him on four consecutive nights, for a second time this decade under the Invitation Series. It seems to be a record of all times at the festival, at least for a world-class pianist (Please monsieur Ménard, correct me if I am wrong again!). Then on the final night, let me recommend his unusual duo with a collaborator, the vocalist Solveig Slettahjell. There will be 'spiritual airs' in case the American 'mass choir' of the Wednesday before has not quenched your taste for jazz in the more traditional, less secular mode of IRREVEREND JAMES AND THE CRITICAL MASS CHOIR. In case one questions why as many as half my selections feature keyboard artists, I confess I am biased, being a piano player myself based in Vancouver where one can hear me on those odd nights.
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