Quebec’s Alain Bedard & the Jazzlab Octet

Jazzlab – featuring the top players and composers of Quebec jazz label Effendi, comes first of all as the success of a vision: the vision of a record label as a meeting place for talents and whose fruits are given out to a large audience of jazz fans. Jazzlab makes surprisingly possible the gathering of distinctive paths within a collective endeavor to tame a wide spectrum of approaches and styles, from conventional swing to a Gil Evans impressionism via free jazz that sounds as much unpredictable as it can be articulated.  The capacity to elaborate with enthusiasm a musical perspective of their own within the world of contemporary jazz is probably the most striking character of this Montreal-based think thank that explores the paths of modern jazz with a rare intensity and boldness.  Since they first started in 2002, Jazzlab has successfully built a genuine identity and a sound based on a compound especially suited for beautiful improvisations and other musical adventures.  Jazzlab sounds like a joyful brainstorming session in which the passion of jazz naturally communicates itself to the listeners, with something there for every taste, from the most rigorously written pieces to more freely improvised titles where creativity comes first before virtuosity.


Frank Lozano — Saxophone

Remi Bolduc — Saxophone

Alexandre Cote — Saxophone

Aron Doyle — Trumpet / Bugle

Richard Gagnon — Trombone

John Roney — Piano

Alain Bedard — Bass

Isaiah Ceccerelli — Drums