Great review of Naufragés by Ivan Rod (DK)

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

The Canadian jazz bassist, Alex Lefaivre, has previously marked himself as a more than capable composer, conductor and sideman. He is thus known and appreciated as a jazz musician in and around Montreal – most, perhaps, for his participation in the award-winning Parc X Trio, which has released well over a handful of critically acclaimed records. He made his record debut as a soloist with YUL in 2018, but the new quartet record Naufragés is still some of the best he has to date performed in his own name. The unmistakably modern jazz music on this has a propulsion that is captivating – much thanks to Lefaivre’s own electric bass. Lefaivre leaves no doubt that he technically and artistically has pondus. But most notable is his interplay with the three sidemen: alto saxophonist Erik Hove, guitarist Nicolas Ferron and drummer Alain Bourgeois. 

The interplay between the four leaves the impression that they are in telepathic contact. And just that – combined with the momentum and the eminent solos makes the album a joyful acquaintance. Especially own tracks like Boiler Room and Sneaked kick ass. And the fact that Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song ends the album also says something about the level and nature of the music on the album. This is jazz in a hurry.

http://www.ivanrod.dk/2021/08/27/alex-lefaivre-quartet-naufrages/

Great review of Naufragés in the Winnipeg Free Press

August 26, 2021

Bassist Alex Lefaivre is yet another example of the excellent jazz musicians across this country who are less well known than they should be.

Lefaivre has been an award-winning musician/composer and educator for years in the Montreal area. His new album was patiently assembled in April this year when the COVID rules relaxed enough to get the band into the studio. The title, Naufragés, means castaways, perhaps reflecting the realities of the last several years with the music business. The quartet here has Eric Hove on alto, Nicolas Ferron on guitar and Alain Bourgeois on drums, along with Lefaivre on bass. It features three covers and five original compositions with a consistent energy and funky style. It’s possible that Hove might be the best known of the group, and while his solos are excellent (especially perhaps on Sin City), they are not any more substantial than the offerings of the other members. Guitarist Ferron is also very impressive.

It’s always fun to be pleasantly surprised by a playlist. The original compositions here offer excellent scope and variety, with nudges into a funky rock groove at times. Several of the cover choices are interesting. Time of the Barracudas is a Gil Evans/Miles Davis tune that explores the modal world of the era, while Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song is a straight-up, no-apologies tribute to the original. A very bouncy and perky original tune is Hommage Jazz á Passe-Partout (a tribute to a Quebec children’s TV show called Passe-Partout.)

This is a fine quartet that offers a perfect blend with the each of its players, and as a result the album is extremely enjoyable throughout. These castaways have found a way home. ★★★★ out of five

STREAM THESE: Reset, Time of the Barracudas

Keith Black

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/music/575170582.html

Review of Naufragés from Midwest Record

ALEX LEFAIVRE QUARTET/Naufrages: The bass player that’s a real spark plug on the Montreal jazz scene, multi tasking like his life depended on it, he’s got the protean that it takes to power through such a heady regimen. Not being one to repeat himself, in this current guise, he dishes up a delightful program of head jazz that goes back to the groovy side of the seventh galaxy, by way of Miles and Zep, and invites you to fire up another legal doob–for the road. Super smooth and well honed chops guide you on your way and never let you down. 
(Arteboreal) 

http://midwestrecord.com/MWR1805.html

Naufragés reviewed by Jazz Quad (Belarus)

August 14th, 2021

Алекс Лефевр и музыканты его квартета живут и работают в Монреале, во франкоязычной части Канады. Композитор, бас-гитарист и педагог Алекс Лефевр – заметная фигура местной джазовой сцены. Ансамбль Parc X Trio, одним из основателей которого он являлся, еще в 2010 году взял Гран-при Международного фестиваля джаза в Монреале. Алекс – частый участник проектов других монреальских музыкантов. Первый его альбом с квартетом, в состав которого вошли гитарист Николас Феррон, альт-саксофонист Эрик Хоув и ударник Ален Буржес, увидел свет в 2018 году, назывался он YUL и получил хорошую прессу и признание слушателей. Путь к новому альбому оказался долгим и мучительным из-за пандемии, музыкантам никак не удавалось собраться вместе в студии. Произошло это только в апреле 2021 года, когда за две сессии в Studio Madame Wood в Монреале музыканты все же записали Naufrages.

В альбом вошло пять композиций Лефевра и три кавера, каждый из которых, на мой взгляд, символичен. Time of the Barracudas, пьеса Майлса Дэвиса и Гила Эванса, словно олицетворяет связь музыки Алекса с его джазовыми предшественниками, с модальным джазом, одной из важнейших частей современного мэйнстрима. Несколько неожиданно было увидеть в программе джазового альбома знаменитую композицию Led Zeppelin Immigrant Song. Квартет Лефевра практически полностью сохранил рок-н-ролльную энергетику этой вещи, добавив к ней саксофонные пассажи от Хоува – привет джаз-року! Наконец, пьеса Hommage jazz à “Passe Partout” Пьера Брао – это название мало что скажет людям за пределами провинции Квебек, зато в ней все узнают эту музыку из популярнейшего детского теле-шоу – чем не символ глубокой укорененности музыкантов в почву здешней культуры. Собственные композиции Лефевра аккумулируют в себе самые разнообразные влияния, ретранслируя их в живой современный электро-акустический джаз, по звучанию, на мой вкус, близкий к нео-фьюжн. В пьесах поочередно, а иногда вместе солируют саксофонист Хоув и гитарист Феррон. Я с удовольствием слушал и балладу Sin City с сентиментальным соло Эрика Хоува, и энергичную «гитарную» пьесу Reset. В целом альбом оставил приятное впечатление. Это работа из тех, которую хочется рекомендовать послушать друзьям, что я и делаю, имея ввиду наших читателей.

                                                                                                                        Leonid Auskern

via Google Translate:

Alex Lefevre and his quartet’s musicians live and work in Montreal, French-speaking Canada. Composer, bass player and teacher Alex Lefevre is a prominent figure in the local jazz scene. The ensemble Parc X Trio, of which he was one of the founders, took the Grand Prix of the International Jazz Festival in Montreal back in 2010. Alex is a frequent contributor to the projects of other Montreal musicians. His first album with a quartet, which included guitarist Nicholas Ferron, alto saxophonist Eric Hove and drummer Alain Bourgeois, was released in 2018, it was called YUL and received good press and audience recognition. The path to the new album turned out to be long and painful due to the pandemic, the musicians could not manage to get together in the studio. This happened only in April 2021, when, in two sessions at Studio Madame Wood in Montreal, the musicians nevertheless recorded Naufrages.

The album includes five Lefevre compositions and three covers, each of which, in my opinion, is symbolic. Time of the Barracudas, a piece by Miles Davis and Gil Evans, as if personifies the connection of Alex’s music with his jazz predecessors, with modal jazz, one of the most important parts of the modern mainstream. It was somewhat unexpected to see the famous composition Led Zeppelin Immigrant Song in the program of the jazz album. The Lefebvre quartet almost completely retained the rock and roll energy of this piece, adding to it saxophone passages from Hove – hello to jazz-rock! Finally, the piece Hommage jazz à “Passe Partout” by Pierre Brao – this title will say little to people outside the province of Quebec, but in it everyone will recognize this music from the most popular children’s TV show – which is not a symbol of the deep rootedness of musicians in the soil of the local culture. Lefevre’s own compositions accumulate a wide variety of influences, relaying them into live modern electro-acoustic jazz, sounding, for my taste, close to neo-fusion. In the pieces, saxophonist Hove and guitarist Ferron alternate, and sometimes together. I enjoyed listening to both the Sin City ballad with Eric Hove’s sentimental solo and the energetic “guitar” piece Reset. On the whole, the album left a pleasant impression. This is the kind of work that I would like to recommend to listen to friends, which I am doing, meaning our readers.

https://jazzquad.ru/index.pl?act=PRODUCT&id=5994

Excellente critique de YUL en première partie de Joshua Redman

“Une première partie qui en a valu le détour”

Bien plus qu’un prélude à ce qui s’en venait, le quartet du bassiste Alex Lefaivre a démontré une belle cohésion sur scène. Alliage de quatre hommes talentueux qui ont formulé une combinaison sonore à la hauteur de leurs capacités. Sans avoir la même prestance que le quartet de Redman, probablement dû au fait qu’ils n’ont pas le même bagage d’expérience, ils ont démontré que leur talent est indéniable et que la portée de leur musique s’échelonnera certes à grande échelle dans les années qui suivront. Jouant au passage leurs compositions en plus d’une adaptation de la chanson thème du film Halloween de John CarpenterAlex Lefaivre et ses acolytes n’ont pas passé sous le radar.

https://lecanalauditif.ca/concerts/festival-international-de-jazz-2019-joshua-redman-quartet-et-alex-lefaivre-yul-quartet/