Star Quality - 2017

by Soupe aux Tripes



Recorded at Le Cheval Blanc April 19 2017

The idea of assembling Tripe Soup came from me wanting to expand the type of improvising I had been doing with the longstanding trio of BCH, but to somewhat hone in the type of music the sometimes sprawling Murray Street Band whipped up.
Over its nearly two-decade span, BCH would occasionally invite a guest to add a fourth voice for some gigs. One of those guests, Yves Charuest, fit in so nicely it became its own separate group (BCH+C). I always enjoyed trying to find ways to bounce off Yves' amazing alto playing and wanted to explore that some more in a different context.
Nicolas liked to sometimes pair up Guillaume Dostaler and myself in sections of some of his Ratchet Orchestra compositions. I often felt we seemed to blend well. The addition of Michel Bonneau on percussion was a no-brainer. His mere presence always lifts the proceedings. Michel and John were independently unique but, at the same time, their playing could be so symbiotic and sympatico that it was almost possible to forget that their combined sound was coming from two individuals. Mostly, however, I wanted to play with all of them because they were extremely talented, creative and experienced musicians. I knew I would be in good hands. Equally important was the fact that they were also all warm, intelligent and interesting people that I knew I would enjoy drinking with before, between and after sets.
It's always bittersweet for me to listen to Tripe Soup gigs. We didn't get to play that many and I know there won't be anymore (RIP John Heward) but I'm grateful to have them documented and for the fond memories they evoke.
Chris Burns


released August 29, 2020

Chris Burns - Guitar
John Heward - Drums
Yves Charuest - Alto Sax
Nicolas Caloia - Zorko Bass
Guillaume Dostaler - Rhodes
Michel Bonneau - percussion

Mathieu Bélanger - recording


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