Misc – Misc (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 40:11 minutes | 763 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Bonsound Records
Modern jazz with a twist, based on a cohesive group effort rather than on personal virtuosity; that’s what the members of Misc (formerly known as Trio Jérôme Beaulieu) are going for. Jérôme Beaulieu, Philippe Leduc and William Côté created the band in 2011 shortly after their studies at University of Montreal. Since then, they have been using audio sampling and a variety of percussions, effects and prepared instruments to broaden the usual jazz trio’s set of textures and moods. The group lifted off quickly, winning both Montreal’s « Jazz en Rafale » and Festi-Jazz de Rimouski’s Grand Prize in their first year of existence. A first album entitled L’Homme Sur La Lune (Man on the Moon) hit the shelves in spring 2012 and got nominated for an Opus Prize (Jazz album of the Year). Radio-Canada’s 2013-2014 Jazz Revelation now launch their second group effort, Chercher l’Équilibre (Searching for Balance) in the midst of a year filled with projects!
The new album is the result of a true collaboration between the three musicians. In a more elaborate way than the two previous albums, they each contributed to the rythmic, melodic and harmonic arrangements to create an unique sound that sets this trio apart from the rest.
All three artists set the foundations of Misc during a residency at the Equivocal Manor in Burgundy (France). Pianist Jérôme Beaulieu, lover of the great outdoors, contributes majestic melodies to the project. Drummer William Côté adds a subtle, spirited rhythm while double bassist Philippe Leduc brings out the playfulness of each track.
Over the last 3 years, Misc has been the house band for the Slamontréal night at O Patro Vys. These experimental sessions, in collaboration with spoken word artists, shaped some of the songs on the album, like Les années molles.
The trio have also re-interpreted the work of some of their favourite artists, including Blonde Redhead, James Blake and Daniel Bélanger. The musicians had a lot of fun breathing a new kind of life into these three distinct songs. Misc’s music often combines the worlds of both original compositions and covers.
Misc holds a place in the Jazz scene because of the vital role that improvisation occupies in their music. However, this does not stop them from drawing on influences from pop and rock genres.This clearly mark a step towards a new generation of jazz musicians for whom catchy, strong melodies and rhythms expand musical boundaries while rooting the music in the present. Therefore this album, much like the live performances of Misc, strives to create an energetic and active dialogue between the listener and the music.
1 La fin 00:08:18
2 Messenger 00:04:58
3 Unlucky 00:08:01
4 Respirer dans l’eau 00:05:29
5 Les années molles 00:07:51
6 Overgrown 00:05:34
Jérôme Beaulieu, piano
Philippe Leduc, bass
William Côté, drums