Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jacques Kuba Seguin: ODD LOT – L'elevation Du Point De Chute (2014)

Jacques Kuba Seguin

Jacques Kuba Seguin - trumpet
Jean-Pierre Zanella - alto & soprano saxophones, flute
Andre Leroux - tenor & baritone saxophones
Jonathan Cayer - piano, wurlitzer
Frederic Alarie - double bass
Kevin Warren - drums
Stanley Pean - voice

L'elevation Du Point De Chute


By Adam Baruch

This is the fourth album by Canadian (of Polish origin) Jazz trumpeter/composer Jacques Kuba Seguin, recorded with his sextet which features saxophonists Jean-Pierre Zanella and Andre Leroux, pianist Jonathan Cayer, bassist Frederic Alarie and drummer Kevin Warren. Stanley Pean recites a text on one track. The album presents seven tracks, six of which were composed by Seguin and the remaining one was composed by the Canadian singer/songwriter Daniel Belanger.

The music floats somewhere between contemporary Jazz and Jazz-Rock, although no electric, especially guitar, instruments (except for a bit of Wurlitzer piano) are employed. The compositions are pretty solid, diverse but focused, which makes this album a great improvement in comparison to its predecessor.

Sequin does not solo extensively, which is fine sine he is not the strongest instrumentalist in his group, leaving the lead to other soloists. The rhythm section is very good, especially Alarie, who plays some exceptional funky beats and gives the entire music a kick.

Overall this is quite an enjoyable piece of music, not ambitious and groundbreaking in any respect, but providing solid, entertaining music which can be enjoyed by a wide scope of Jazz listeners. With nice compositions and skillful arrangements this is definitely worth checking out.

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