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Picasso Zone

by Modus Factor

Electro-ambient improvisational bedlam! Chris Lesso's MODUS FACTOR emphasizes real-time creation while colliding world music traditions and modern electronic music. Features Chris Lesso (drums), Brownman Ali (trumpet) & Ian De Souza (bass)
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MODUS FACTOR -- The Picasso Zone (Browntasauras Records 2016)
:: CHRIS LESSO - drums
:: BROWNMAN ALI - electric trumpet, producer
:: IAN DE SOUZA - electric bass
:: with special guest:: MAYA ANGELOU - vocals (track 3)

MODUS FACTOR’s new full-length album “The Picasso Zone” emphasizes musical interplay & inter-ensemble communication.

MODUS FACTOR is a Toronto, Canada based modern electric groove trio led by in-demand session drummer CHRIS LESSO and features multiple National Jazz Award-winning trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI and Juno-winning Sisters Euclid bassist IAN DE SOUZA. The trio's tagline is "electro-ambient improvisational bedlam", which befits their live show well. BUT, interestingly, this debut recording "The Picasso Zone" is less about mayhem, and more about nuance. Deep interaction and collective musical interplay is the name of the game on "The Picasso Zone". With more than 75% of the recording being improvised, this album is an outstanding, high-minded example of the musical richness that can come from 3 kindred artists when they all create together and move in a singular direction as improvisers. By making enough room for each other, the creations presented on this recording are greater than the sum of the individual parts.

"Though I've seen Modus Factor often categorize themselves as 'world music', I think a much more accurate description of them would be 'OTHER world music'. It's off-worldly and alien and weird and wonderful in all the best possible ways."
-- Paul Delong, drum icon (from The Picasso Zone’s liner notes)

Modus Factor’s “The Picasso Zone” was produced by the Brooklyn / Toronto based jazz trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI (protege to Randy Brecker) and signed to Brownman's record label in 2015. The label is now widely regarded as a vanguard for new and visionary talent in the evolution of Jazz in Canada.



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Jürg Sommer

Electric Groove from Canada (Swiss newspaper recommendation)
Der junge kanadische Jazz lebt! Und er ist so vielschichtig, farbig, unkonventionell und undogmatisch wie verspielt. Das Trio „modus factor“ des Drummers Chris Lesso wirbelt mit seinem frischen und frechen Verschnitt die Musikszene auf. So erwartet den Hörer in der Minimalbesetzung Drums, e-Bass (Ian DeSouza) und electric trumpet (Brownman Ali) ein lustvoll grooviger Worldjazz-Verschnitt von u.a. Frank Zappa, dem elektrifizierten Miles Davis, Indo-Brazil-Afro-Ambient-Fusion. Kurz: Musik über den Tellerrand hinaus!