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L’Orkestre des Pas Perdus

Ranging in proportions from a sextet to a non-et, this Montreal brass group (whose name roughly means “Lost Guidelines Orchestra”) is focused on having an enjoyable experience without compromising some of its formidable musicianship on the way. Produced by trombonist and composer Claude St-Jean in 1993, the music group also contains saxophones and trumpet, and a tempo section made up of drums and — no, not really bass — sousaphone or tuba. St-Jean writes and arranges all of the band’s material, comprising short music that generally stay locked in upbeat funky grooves with restricted background riffing and lots of scorching soloing from associates of leading series. Their CDs are good-natured, high-energy affairs that mix the noises of a fresh Orleans or Western european street music group with a bunch of contemporary components, including Frank Zappa, Carla Bley, and Italian soundtrack composer Nino Rota. L’Orkestre des Pas Perdus can be viewed as area of the Montreal avant-garde musique actuelle picture and have documented on Ambiances Magnétiques, the label of experimentalists like bandleader Jean Derome and guitarist/saxophonist René Lussier. Their two produces on Ambiances Magnétiques are being among the most available — and relatively musically conventional — in the label, but this must not be used as a criticism. St-Jean and his compatriots perform primary and interesting music which should fulfill avant-gardists aswell as anyone who wants their jazz having a liberal assisting of exciting, high-spirited fun. St-Jean offers held L’Orkestre des Pas Perdus’ quirky, available, and frequently danceable mixture of music moving in to the 21st hundred years after departing Ambiances Magnétiques, with produces including 2004’s Mondo Cuivro, 2007’s Projet 9 (with, as the name suggests, the group extended to a nine-piece), and 2011’s L’Âge du Cuivre (offering an octet construction having a considerably different lineup).

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