By: Jazz North Of 49  09-12-2011

Wow. Three years.

I adjusted to a new job, moved in with the love of my life, and watched my baby girl grow to almost two years old. Needless to say, my focus has been elsewhere.

This blog was first and foremost a way to couple my passions for music and writing. It didn’t take long for me to lose sight of this — trying to do too much when all I needed were three or four notes, a little silence in between, and some eyes and ears to take it in. So to speak.

So, with simplicity in mind… TAKE 2!

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Off Festival

Erik Hove – SoundclashDièse OnzeMontrealJune 13, 2008, 10pm Last night alto saxophonist Erik Hove and his group, Soundclash, anchored the first night of the OFF Festival de Jazz de Montréal at Dièse Onze. Also, there was a tune towards the end of the second set, reminiscent of John Coltrane’s “Alabama,” where the crackling sound effects of P-Love’s two-octave turntable had the audience holding its breath.



With each member contributing compositions of his own, the arc and flow of the evening’s performance stands in stark contrast to an evening dedicated to a singular compositional vision. The democratic ideal that inspired Fly’s conception is, in part, what makes this demanding music: three distinct musical trains-of-thought forging forward on seemingly divergent paths.


Gig Reviews

He battled side by side with fellow Warriors Chet Doxas on tenor saxophone, Jonathan Cayer at the recently acquired grand piano, Adrian Vedady à la contrebasse and a welcome addition from Vancouver, Neelamjit Dhillon on tabla. Vancouver-born drummer and Jazz Warrior, Adam Miller, played two sets of honest music last night as part of the OFF Festival de Jazz de Montréal’s series at Dièse Onze.



In their statement of the melody Ravi Coltrane’s quintet — Ralph Alessi, Geri Allen, James Genus, Eric Harland — evoke the spirit of creativity expressed in that recording. This soundbyte is from one of my favourite interpretations of one of my favourite tunes, Ornette Coleman’s 1958 recording, The Blessing.


Goings On

The festival will be held in four venues most auspicious for jazz music: The Lion d’Or, the Dièse Onze jazz club, The Sala Rossa and the Pub St. Ciboire…We will present a large range of contemporary creations that blend traditions, poetry, history, various cultures, modernism, aesthetics and creative research.