Démesure

Démesure

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An obscure release by a Sherbrooke (Quebec, Canada) jazz outfit, Démesure's eponymous LP from 1981 follows all the guidelines from the book of '80s mainstream jazz. Elements of Chick Corea and Chuck Mangione are blended in this amalgam of jazz-pop and hard bop. Keyboardist Pierre-Armand Tremblay wrote most of the material and clearly leads the group with his piano style somewhat reminiscent of André Gagnon. The latter's influence is strongly felt in "Samba des Pissenlits." Sax/flutist Marc Bolduc and drummer Maurice Métayer do a convincing enough job, but bassist Jacques Jobin struggles, particularly in the aforementioned piece. "Café d'un Soir" hints at the cold, new wave-influenced jazz of early Uzeb. The closer, "Vidé-Vie," stands out because of its changing moods and motifs, but this more ambitious number comes in too late to salvage an otherwise pleasant but forgettable album. Not reissued on CD, Démesure is ironically more notable for its status as one of the first productions by Bernard-Y. Casa, who would later start the label Productions BYC and manage the careers of Quebec artists like Kevin Parent, Vincent Vallières, and Gilles Sioui.

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