Press Release: Jean Beaudet - Seul au Piano - ER 0707

Pochette Jean Beaudet - Seul Au PianoELEPHANT RECORDS & OUTSIDE MUSIC
Presents their new CD


By Jazz pianist, composer, improviser,

Jean  Beaudet

ELEPHANT RECORDS Inc. and OUTSIDE MUSIC are please to announce their new release by renowned Canadian jazz pianist, composer et improviser: Jean Beaudet. This latest CD Seul au Piano includes eight original compositions presenting a very personal, modern and contemporary version of the jazz piano. What characterizes this CD is the intimate quality that emerges from the strong relationship between the solo artist and his piano. The result is what makes, Seul au Piano unique from his previous recording. It is this virtuoso pianist’s fifth recording under his own name and the seventeenth on his discography.
Jean Beaudet : His professional jazz career began in the early seventies in local clubs in an around his natived city, Ottawa. He also recorded music for CBC Radio. He traveled to Toronto and New-York. Jazz scene, but chose to settle in Montreal in the late seventies. He has played and/or recorded with Nelson Symonds, Billy Robinson, Guy Nadon, Claude Ranger, Charles Ellison, Charles Papasoff, Dave Turner, Barry Elmes, Steve Wallace. Internationally he has played with Kenny Wheeler, Juluis Hemphill, Gene Perla, Ralph Lalama, Jane Bunnett, Don Thompson and many others.

Mark Miller, a jazz critic and author of The Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada (2001) wrote these liner notes about Jean Beaudet and his work :

Jean Beaudet is something of a romantic. He’s not, however the least bit sentimental about it. The Canadian pianist is a romantic in the classic sense, an artist ruled by passion – an artist whose creative personality is defined in terms of it’s expressivity, drama and abandon, all nevertheless displayed with due respect to the strictures and structures of modern jazz.

If Beaudet, as heard unaccompanied on Seul au Piano, follows in any specific jazz tradition, it’s simply the tradition of pianists for whom the piano is not an instrument to be played lightly — a  tradition that encompasses modernists as dissimilarly assertive as Kenny Barron and Ran Blake or McCoy Tyner and Mal Waldron. Whatever they all share in terms of attack, though, their devices  are  not Beaudet’s devices – their passions are not his passions.

Such intensity and resolute individuality set Beaudet apart on the Canadian scene, where jazz musicians tend to put peace, order and good government  above all else. But if Beaudet’s uncompromising attitude has meant that he stands a little to one side of the spotlignt  in Canada —the left side, as this political metaphor would have it — he has still had a very productive career in the nearly 30 years that he has lived in Montréal, both as leader and the company of such equally resolute individualists as guitarist Nelson Symonds, drummer Guy Nadon and saxophonists Léo Perron and Dave Turner.

Seul au Piano is his fifth recording under his own name and, no less than the others, the work of a restless mind and a fearless soul. Five of the eight Beaudet compositions on the CD — Wait for Me, Let’s Dance, Le plaisir et le péril, Ti-Jean Carignan (named for the renowned Quebec fiddler) and Le messager — receive dense, emphatic and unsparing performances in wich dazzling right-hand lines spiral and soar in close coordination with left-hand prompts and probes. It’s virtuoso stuff, but Beaudet’s virtuosity is typically a means and end, not an end in itself — a human rather than mechanical sort of virtuosity that allowa for tangles, trip ups and invariably quick recoveries no less than it supports passages of pure inspiration.

The other tracks on Seul au Piano offer contrast, if not complete respite - the reflective Far Away, the darkly sinister Le doux-fort noir and the positively rhapsodic  Un Girafeau s’approche. Here, too, emotion runs deep and yet is rarely very far from the surface — an apparent dichotomy, perhaps, but also the very  quality that makes Seul au piano so compelling from first to last.

*Mark Miller, was the jazz critic for the Globe and Mail from 1978 to 2005 and the author  of The Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada (2001) and seven others books.

In his new CD, Jean Beaudet presents a personnal, modern and contemporary version of the jazz piano ; so brilliant !!!   Seul au Piano

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