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Francois Carrier (alto sax), Pierre Cote (bass), Michel Lambert (drums).
"Known for using "composition as a guidepost rather than a predetermined path" (All About Jazz), the François Carrier Trio features three of Canada's most respected improvisers. Founded in 1990, the Juno award-winning, Quebec-based group has recorded for labels such as Naxos Jazz and Justin Time, and collaborated with special guest pianists Steve Amirault, Uri Caine, Jason Moran, and Bobo Stenson. Now, for the first time, these "advanced musicians who refuse to settle for the status quo" (All Music Guide) have documented the raw exuberance of their live performances on record, with seven improvisations and two compositions from their 2000 Canadian tour."
"...the trio is solid as a rock, with Michel Lambert a forceful presence who is capable of gentle prodding when called for... and Pierre Côté an especially singular voice on bass, as his percussive elements and improvisational acumen add immeasurably to the mix. Carrier, though, is clearly in charge, as he dominates every track with his extraordinary, almost thrilling, rapid delivery and his confident voice. ...this album clearly evidences his exciting talent, which should not be missed." — Cadence
"This is my kind of album, an edgy saxophonist in a minimal setting." — Village Voice