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ERIC ST-LAURENT – CD RELEASE ‘MUSTARD ARIZONA’
April 6 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm$20.00
Guitarist Eric St-Laurent proudly releases his 10th album to date, entitled ‘Mustard Arizona’ with Paul Pacanowski – Saxophone, Attila Fias – Piano Jordan O’Connor – Bass, Ben Wittman – Drums
This new recording features some jazz classics (Sonny Rollin’s “Airegin”, “Speak Low”, “Long Ago and Far Away”) as well as three originals (St-Laurent’s “Mustard Arizona”, Pacanowki’s “Route Number One” and Fias’ “Colours”)
The warm acoustic jazz set is a departure for St-Laurent, who has previously favoured more angular settings.
“I’ve never recorded a jazz standards album before but I’ve always listened to, performed and loved the music. I wanted to wait until I had something to add to the conversation.”
Long time Toronto colleagues O’Connor, Fias and Pacanowski shine on the nine songs, diving in the set with total commitment and virtuosity.
Born and raised in Montreal, St-Laurent studied improvisation in New York before moving to Berlin where he toured with both the big and small names of the German and Scandinavian music scenes. Winner of the SOCAN award for Best Original Composition at the Montreal Jazz Festival and The Best Band Award at the Vienne (France) Jazz Festival, he has been featured on over 100 recordings, produced multiple albums, composed scores for short films and theatre, and toured in Europe and North America.
Each player effortlessly passes the melody around, no one showboats thanks to efficient and impressive solos, and the band’s common rhythms speak to a continental sensibility
-Carlo Wolff, DOWNBEAT, 2017