La Brique - 2007

by The Murray Street Band



Recorded at La Brique, Montréal - May 18, 2007

One of the things I like best about this recording is that I'm surprised that I like it at all. The line-up itself seems problematic. Two double basses, two electric guitars, and two drummers seem like one too many of each to me. I often feel the inclusion of one trumpet to be excessive - but three?!? Granted, one of them might have been a flugelhorn but, to my untrained ear, the only difference between a trumpet and a flugelhorn is that one of them is more fun to say. 

La Brique was a large loft with concrete floors and high ceilings giving it rather cavernous acoustics. The band was spread out in a slight arc with a fair amount of distance between members, to the point where one end of the line couldn't always hear what was going on with the other. There was also a high likelihood of much muddle in the middle.

Trying to cook up something completely free and improvised using all of those ingredients sounds like a recipe for disaster. I'm sure some would argue it was but, if that's the case, then I guess I find some disasters to be delicious. 
Chris Burns


released September 8, 2020

John Heward - drums
Michel Bonneau - percussion
Nicolas Caloia - double bass
Thierry Amar - double bass
Sam Shalabi - guitar
Chris Burns - guitar
Ellwood Epps - trumpet
Brian Lipson - trumpet
Eric Lewis - trumpet

Dave Bryant - recording
Originally released in 2010 as "l'une" & ''l'autre'' (Mr. E Records #3, and #3 and a half), on the occasion of John Heward's 76th birthday.


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