Anoushka SHANKAR aux Nuits de Fourvière

October 12, 2014 in audiophile

I stumbled on this video and subsequently forgot what I was looking for. This is simply amazing! I didn’t even know that Norah Jones had a half sister.

Spanish Food and Music

July 4, 2014 in Classical, Jazz

Montreal will soon have a taste of the Catalan cuisine of maestro of avant-garde tapas Carles Abellan. The international outpost of his restaurant Tapas 24 is expected to make its highly anticipated debut this summer. Under the influence of Iberian culture and  the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, I recently stumbled upon a recording of legendary jazz artist Miles Davis interpreting Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.

A Love Supreme, de John Coltrane

July 2, 2014 in Jazz

Dans l’édition du lundi 30 juin 2014 du Devoir, Guillaume-Bourgault-Côté consacre un article au cinquantenaire de l’album A Love Supreme de John Coltrane, auquel le saxophoniste Yannick Rieu, le pianiste François Bourassa, le contrebassiste Guy Boisvert et le batteur Kevin Warren s’apprêtaient à rendre hommage, ce même jour, au Festival de jazz de Montréal.

En extrait vidéo (20 min.), le concert de Coltrane à Antibes en 1965. 

À lire également, le compte rendu de ce concert par Guillaume-Bourgault-Côté dans l’édition électronique du 1er juillet : 



Trifolia at Diese Onze

June 28, 2014 in Event, Jazz

The fresh and innovative trio Trifolia is playing live at Diese Onze tomorrow night (Sunday, June 29th, 2014). This is definitely something to catch if you’re in the neighborhood.

Minna Re Shin – Coral (Canto do Sertão) – H. Villa-Lobos

June 26, 2014 in Classical, Piano

Summer is here finally! Here’s a video of an interpretation of one of Villa-Lobos’ pieces I recorded on a friend’s piano one Saturday afternoon.

Resonance Café – Notes on Montreal

June 21, 2014 in Event

Mike Rud - Notes on MontrealOn Saturday, July 26 at 21:00, 2014 Juno award winner Mike Rud will be performing material from Notes on Montreal live at Resonance Café (5175A Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Quebec ). According to the Facebook event, this will be a full 9 piece band! This should definitely be worth checking out for Montreal Jazz lovers.

Jazz legend Horace Silver dies

June 18, 2014 in Jazz

Horace Silver Doin The Thing According to several sources, jazz legend and composer extraordinaire Horace Silver died today at the age of 85. Thank you for all the great music!

Jazz, Period. “Change of Heart” w/ Kevin Dean, Al McLean, Mike Rud

June 5, 2014 in Jazz-ROTD

A gorgeous recording of three very talented Montreal jazz musicians, Kevin Dean, Al McLean and 2014 Juno winner, Mike Rud. Check out Randy Cole’s YouTube channel for more gems like this.

Google Play Music now available in Canada

June 3, 2014 in audiophile

On May 5th, Google announced that it’s streaming music service, Google Play Music, was now available in Canada. I’ve been using it for the free trial period, and I have to say I’ve been amazed at the amount of music I get to choose from for the same price as my Netflix subscription. I’ve now had a chance to explore albums that I would likely never have tried. While this is still lossy compressed audio, it is still as good as, if not better than expected from a streaming audio service. I’ll probably blog about some of the discoveries (and rediscoveries) I find.

Google Announces Google Play Music available in Canada

Google Announces Google Play Music available in Canada

Palazzetto Bru Zane’s French 19th Century music projects

June 3, 2014 in audiophile

In Le Devoir of May 31, 2004, music critic Christopher Huss writes about ”one of the most beautiful discographic projects of these last decades”, realized under the aegis of Venice’s Palazzetto Bru Zane, which aims at a rediscovery of 19th century French music. Four releases are especially recommended ((Massenet, Le mage; Massenet, Thérèse; Joncières, Dimitri, and a  portrait of Théodore Gouvy). A must-read for any lover of French music avid to discover more.