Influenced by the Hard Bop of Art Blakey, Hank Mobley and Cannonball Adderley, the No Name Jazz Sextet hails from Montreal, led by saxophonist Alexandre Cote and drummer Ugo Di Vito. Their music is original, energetic and engaging.Throwing it out there with the title track Blakey’s Memory the No Name Sextet shows it’s skill at hard rhythm and free style bop. Up-tempo beat and engaging horns carry the Blakey style to the max. Winter’s Dance begins with drums and organ playing a rousing duet, carried with smooth horns into a thoughtful trek through winter’s magical atmosphere.The Hammond opens on Corny F Blues, before the sax blows into a mean blues, and the trumpet raises the heights of listening pleasure.
A familiar sound lets the listener enjoy each note.Abbey’s Mood begins with a solemn trumpet lead, fully feeling the mood of contemplation.
Sultry sax tones fulfill the depth and range of a passing moment on a solitary journey, while the organ gently confirms the mood. Gondola Trip is a sharing of sounds collaborating into a colorful journey.Stealth trumpet leads Sans Titre through the notes in succession, keeping a perky rhythm. Baritone sax bolts the notes until accompaniment by trumpet and the Hammond come to share the mellow yet bouncy spirit of La Suite Another solemn opening on Off Prince , lets the listener lull through the smoothness of the organ until Di Vito comes from behind with the drums and breaks the moment, joined by trumpet. Les Couloirs opens with Doyle doing a run on the trumpet and Murray providing suspenseful notes on the sax.The No Name Jazz Sextet is a group of skilled and schooled musicians performing their own compositions on their first CD.