In the Spirit of Legends - Chet Baker & Scott LaFaro (2019)

LaFaro, Alarie, Evans, Beirach, Davis

Frederic Alarie Trio

Fred Alarie, one of the most sought-after stand-up bassist in Canada amazes by the colour, depth and audacity he puts forward in his work: as a musician, composer or soloist, he constantly pushes the limits of both his own expression and of jazz itself. In 2016, the Frederic Alarie Quartet presented a concert dedicated to Alarie’s idol Scott LaFaro at the Montréal International Jazz Festival. Exceptionally, the International Society of Bassists (ISB), owner of LaFaro’s restored famous bass, lent the precious instrument to Alarie for this occasion. He was allowed to keep the bass for more performances and he recorded the last track of this album in the studio with this celebrated instrument.

Jonathan Valin of The Absolute Sound: “Sounded truly wonderful—beautiful, majestic, and very full- range. I was particularly wowed by Fred’s tribute to Chet Baker, recorded with Neumann U67s, which had gorgeous timbre and realistic bite on trumpet."

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Frederic Alarie Trio

Since his debut in Montreal's jazz scene at the end of the 1980s, Frédéric Alarie has incessantly deepened and enriched the art of stand-up bass. Reputed as a great builder, he relishes in deconstructing jazz's conventional scaffolds in order to erect new ones. His play is fluid, sensitive and audacious indeed.

He has played with Bernard Primeau, Lorraine Desmarais, Jean-Pierre Zanella and Yannick Rieu, to name only a few. Invited to play from Canada to China, by way of France, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Poland and the United States, he has left his indelible mark as a top-notch bassist. He has had the great fortune to play alongside notable artists such as Oliver Jones, Ranee Lee, Sheila Jordan, John Abercrombie, Joe Lovano, Renaud Garcia-Fons, George Benson, Salvator Adamo, Nathalie Dessay, Charles Aznavour and Michel Legrand. And he has formed his own ensembles such as Frédéric Alarie & Basse Section, or more recently the Frédéric Alarie Quartet, Trio and Duo.

Frédéric Alarie is one of the most sought-after stand-up bassists in Canada. He has recorded on 34 albums as an accompanist-soloist, and has played on about sixty other albums as a guest ; several of these albums have received awards, including the FELIX and JUNO AWARD. As a composer, Frédéric Alarie has nine albums under his belt, all of which have been greatly praised by critics. 1997's Vision album, along with the Basse Section ensemble, was nominated for best jazz album of the year at the ADISQ. That same year, Saison Jazz Montréal named him the Discovery of the Year. In 1998 he won the Trébas Jazz Award.

Frédéric Alarie amazes by the colour, depth and audacity he puts forward in his work : as a musician, composer or soloist, he constantly pushes the limits of both his own expression and of jazz itself.

photo: by Michel Bérard - Nümoov, from Artist's website fredericalarie.com 

Bill Evans

Evans was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and attended Southeastern Louisiana University. After a period in the Army, he returned to New York in 1955 and began working and recording with Tony Scott and George Russell. His subtly swinging, lucidly constructed solos with these leaders quickly attracted attention, and provided Evans with an opportunity to begin recording under his own name; but he was modest regarding his gifts, and for a time was reluctant to push himself into the limelight. All this changed after he spent several months during 1958 in Miles Davis's band, where he played alongside John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley as well as the trumpeter and became a central figure in Davis's shift to modal improvisation.

The period with Davis allowed Evans to organize his own trio, which featured bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian by the end of 1959. These three players developed a new and more interactive approach to trio playing, one in which all instruments carried melodic responsibilities and functioned as equal voices. LaFaro's tragic death in a July 1961 highway accident ended the existence of this seminal unit; but not before it had recorded four albums, two in the studio and two at a Village Vanguard performance shortly before the bassist's death, that influenced several generations of pianists, bassists, and drummers.

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In the Spirit of Legends - Chet Baker & Scott LaFaro (2019)

LaFaro, Alarie, Evans, Beirach, Davis

Frederic Alarie Trio

    The Absolute Sound

Sounded truly wonderful—beautiful, majestic, and very full- range. I was particularly wowed by Fred’s tribute to Chet Baker, recorded with Neumann U67s, which had gorgeous timbre and realistic bite on trumpet.

Jonathan Valin

In the Spirit of Legends - Chet Baker & Scott LaFaro (2019)

LaFaro, Alarie, Evans, Beirach, Davis

Frederic Alarie Trio

Digital Converters: Merging Technologies Horus
Executive Producers: André Perry
Mastering Engineer: René Laflamme, Analog Tape to DSD 256 Transfer
Microphone Preamp: DW Fearn VT2 Microphone Tube Preamp
Microphones: Neumann U67, AKG C12 (2xHD Studio)
Recording Engineer: René Laflamme
Recording location: La Chapel Historique du bon Pasteur, Montreal, Canada on December 1, 2017 and 2xHD Studio (tracks 2, 4 & 9)
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog
Tape Recorder: Nagra Audio IV-S, 1/4" Stereo 15ips NAB Tape Recorder with SM 468 Magnetic Tape

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