I got a nice email today from a Canadian guitarist named Matt LeGroulx, pointing me to his website, where I was told a free download of a live album, Redemption, was available. Said album features some musicians who were discussed during the 31 Days of Album Reviews project—namely, saxophonist Chris Kelsey, bassist François Grillot and drummer João Lobo.
In his description of the music, LeGroulx writes (in part):
“Playing with musicians of this caliber was a total blast, and this recording hopefully won’t be a personal monument to that one time I got to play with some free-jazz heavies. About those heavies, Chris Kelsey, Francois Grillot and Joao Lobo played their asses off. Chris spewed fire and joy, Francois was alternately Godzilla stomping Tokyo and a live million-volt power line and Joao was constantly reacting to and kicking our asses. And at one point, I swear I looked over and the ghost of Ed Blackwell was playing Joao like a marionette. But I had had a couple of drinks and beer doesn’t treat me well. On top of that my 8th place Montreal Canadiens were in the process of eliminating the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a fever dream if there ever was one. A great big thanks to Andrew Bergman fromTroglodytes and Iced Ink for booking this show and a great big thanks to Chris, Francois and Joao for even entertaining the idea of playing with me.”
Oh, and spend some time on that blog (Commissioners of the North) beyond what it takes to download the disc, or the rest of the free music available (check the right-hand bar). LeGroulx is a smart dude; I particularly recommend his post on why used record stores are more evil than online pirates (an interesting theory I’m not sure I totally agree with).