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Indefinite Time by Francois Bourassa Quartet

Over the last few years there has been a fair amount of jazz hailing from Quebec. Francois Bourassa's Indefinite Time CD is one of the better examples that I've heard. Pianist Bourassa plays with a rich full sound, and the balance of his quartet is solid as well, particularly tenorman Andre Leroux.

The band's style can probably be described as straight ahead in 2005, though they work with harmonic material that might have been described as avant garde forty years ago. Their version of Ornette's "Check Out Time," one of the album's standout tracks, seems very emblematic of their methodology. Nothing shocking, just a little more adventurous than most.

I liked Indefinite Time. The Francois Bourassa Quartet is a fine group that is worth your time. That said, I won't go as far as the author of the liner notes, who compared Leroux to Wayne Shorter and Steve Coleman. That doesn't even seem premature, it sounds flatly absurd. Of course, a player doesn't have to rise to those heights to be plenty good, and Lerous, Bourassa, et alia prove that here.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Francois Bourassa Quartet
  • CD Title: Indefinite Time
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Effendi Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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