Bucket List reviews Bud Rice’s permorfance at the RAC’s concert series


“Local folk hero, Bud Rice, knows how to take command of a stage. From his band’s opening cacophony of noise, to the count in for that first funky as hell intro riff, Rice led his band like a general leads an army. He was fun as hell to watch, and his awkward crowd banter about weather and Christmas helped to make the crowd feel comfortable. Likewise, he’s an honest songwriter, and all of his material felt earnest and organic. While musically diverse, his set, which borrowed heavily from his latest release Belfast, kept of bass of country rock and blues. His backup band are all also particularly skilled, providing the icing on the cake and capping off a wonderful evening with a bang.”

Written by Syd Ghan

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Quartier Libre reviews the MCM schowcase

quartier_libre_cours_header“Les neuf groupes du label montréalais Multiple Chord Music se sont succédé sur la scène de la Casa Del Popolo, hier soir, dans le cadre du festival OFF JAZZ. Le jeune label indépendant a mis en lumière toute la diversité des talents de la scène jazz locale.

Quatre heures de musique, neuf groupes, des prestations de 20 minutes… « Un marathon de jazz! », s’exclame la chanteuse Marjorie Fiset en ouvrant la soirée. Les artistes de Multiple Chord Music ont joint leurs forces pour faire voyager le public à travers le jazz contemporain, made in Montréal.

Toute la diversité du catalogue du label indépendant s’est exprimée : du jazz vocal élégant de Marjorie Fiset aux expérimentations sonores de Frédéric Alarie, en passant par la virtuosité de la trompettiste Rachel Therrien et par l’énergie rock du Andy King Group.

« Notre label met en avant les artistes de jazz locaux, notamment les artistes émergents, explique le cofondateur de Multiple Chord Music, Gabriel Vinuela-Pelletier. Nous cherchons des belles personnalités artistiques qui proposent une vision créative et innovante du jazz. »

Les deux anciens étudiants de l’UdeM, Gabriel Vinuela-Pelletier et Alex Lefaivre, ont fondé Multiple Chord Music en 2011 afin de produire leur propre groupe, Parc X Trio. Huit nouveaux artistes ont rejoint le label l’année dernière. «L’OFF Jazz était l’occasion de présenter ces artistes et de montrer qu’il y a beaucoup d’excellents projets à Montréal », affirme Gabriel Vinuela-Pelletier.

Par leur enthousiasme communicatif, leur énergie et leur passion, les musiciens de Multiple Chord Music ont fièrement représenté la scène locale du jazz contemporain.”

-Timothée Beurdeley


Parc X Trio mentioned in The Overcast


Parc X Trio

Taking their name from Montreal’s culturally diverse Parc Extension neighbourhood, Parc X Trio’s music is just about as diverse as the place they call home. Combining rock, world music, hip hop, and drum & bass in to their instrumental jazz sound, keyboardist Gabriel Vinuela-Pelletier, bassist Alex Lefaivre, and drummer Alain Bourgeois explore some very interesting musical territory.

The group groove together exceptionally well, employing intricate rhythmic patterns and complex harmonic language as a basis for their compositions and improvisations. Not unlike their Toronto brethren BADBADNOTGOOD, Park X Trio are pushing the modern electric piano trio sound to new and interesting places.

On Saturday, September 26th, Parc X Trio will perform at the Masonic Temple, beginning at 10pm.



I mastered 2 new Frédéric Alarie albums out now

I mastered and did the graphic design for two new Frédéric Alarie albums out now.


The first one is called Life and is available right here. It’s in a more “straight ahead” kind of vibe. It’s focused on different drummer-less duos and trios .


The second one is called Undertaking and is much more experimental with quite a bit of looping and effects. You can pick that up here.

It was quite an honor to get to work with Fred and to finally get to share this great music.