Michelle Grégoire | Diversity

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by Michelle Grégoire

This is the sophomore recording for the pianist and composer and features an all-star band of top Canadian musicians performing "memorable tunes full of rich contours and twisting melodies."
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Diversity
8:42 $0.99
2. Dichotomy
5:53 $0.99
3. Streak
8:06 $0.99
4. Love For Sale
8:06 $0.99
5. Three or Four in the Morning
6:57 $0.99
6. Gratitude Suite Part 1
5:43 album only
7. Gratitude Suite Interlude
0:50 album only
8. Gratitude Suite Part 2
3:55 album only
9. Gratitude Suite Part 3
8:02 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


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This is a sophomore recording for the Winnipeg based pianist and composer. Produced with the participation of Manitoba Film and Music and the Canada Council for the Arts, the CD features eight of her original compositions and impressive performances by her all-star quintet which includes top Canadian jazz musicians, namely Juno winner, saxophonist Kirk MacDonald, National Jazz Awards trumpeter of the year Kevin Turcotte, and top call Toronto based rhythm section featuring Jim Vivian on bass and Ted Warren on drums.


Diversity Rating ****
Michelle Grégoire

Winnipeg pianist and composer Michelle Grégoire takes diversity seriously. The liner notes for her impressive new CD contain quotes on the subject from an anthropologist, philosopher, even a motivational speaker.

But it's through her music that Grégoire really demonstrates her strong belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard.

And that's terrific news, because the voices on her second album, as they were on her first, are among the most acclaimed in Canadian jazz: trumpeter Kevin Turcotte, saxophonist Kirk MacDonald, bassist Jim Vivian and drummer Ted Warren.

Grégoire's real talent is not only to write memorable tunes full of rich contours and twisting melodies, but to use her musicians to develop her ideas into colourful, elegant wholes, a sort of little band version of Maria Schneider's orchestra.

The CD's centrepiece, a three-part suite called Gratitude, shows the range of her compositional talents, ranging from the airy prettiness of the opening section, to the hymn-like qualities of the middle part and the intense blowing of the finale.

— Doug Fischer, Ottawa Citizen



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