Genevieve PM Roy
Trio Jérôme Beaulieu,The Jazz Trio Jérôme Beaulieu, successfully launched their 2e album “Seeking balance:” to a crowd of adoring fans last December 2nd at ARTVstudio.
Trio Jérôme Beaulieu
When it comes to music appreciation, I aspire to be a well rounded individual who can listen to just about any style and find beauty in the melody of the moment. I have to admit that I have a particular soft spot for Jazz and Blues. This style of music has such a vast repertoire of catchy songs that often set the pace to my daily routine and keep me humming throughout the day.
Jazz roots are largely based on improvisation. The style has widely evolved while balancing traditional forces with the pursuit of new ideas and approaches. Today the Jazz scene continues to expand at an exhilarating rate while following a similar path. Here in Montreal, the city annually hosts the International Jazz Festival that holds the title of being the largest Jazz festival in the world. The city also boasts renowned gems such as the House of Jazz and Upstairs Jazz bar that attracts numerous tourists and locals alike.
Good Jazz musicians and bands record at least one album a year and then collaborate on countess other side projects. Among the hundreds of new records to choose from, I essentially look for those albums that can get me to understand some of Jazz's essence and make me go through almost every emotion imaginable. It was with much pleasure that I recently discover the Trio Jérôme Beaulieu, which successfully launched their 2e album “Chercher l’équilibre” (Seeking balance), to a crowd of adoring fans last December 2nd at ARTVstudio.
Composed of Jérôme Beaulieu at the piano, Philippe Leduc on bass and William Côté on drums, in 2011, this young trio triumphed at the Jazz en Rafale contest. They were equally awarded the Grand Prize at the international Festi - Jazz in Rimouski. Their debut album, Man on the Moon, released in 2012, was nominated for an Opus Prize the same year. Their 2013 -2014 season is off to a good start, as Radio Canada acclaimed them as one of their top revelations of the year.
The ensemble really stands out from others by offering a classy and modern jazz seeped in pop and rock that is both sensitive and energetic, while offering a flexible style that is easily catered to a wide audience.
On their second and most recent album: “Chercher l’équilibre” (Seeking balance), the trio offers great diversity in musical textures and ranges. They offer amazing sound samples and effects, fiery percussion sets and balanced instrumentation arrangements. The trio strives and succeeds in offering a more rhythmic and accessible jazz repertoire.
At their launch concert, the trio performed original arrangements of existing popular repertoire such as : Ti-chien aveugle by Fred Fortin, ( on which the slammer Ivy participated), and I Might Be Wrong by Radiohead, which both received thunderous applause. Both pieces are included in their new CD, but I would have to say that the real highlights of the disk are the original, catchy compositions of the brilliant pianist, Jérôme Beaulieu.
Whether, you are a musician looking to expand your awareness and repertoire, a listener who wants to get into Jazz, or a long-time Jazz fan struggling with a listening-plateau, I highly recommend “Seeking balance” by Trio Jérôme Beaulieu.
If you don't have it, go buy it. If you already listened to it. I'd recommend listening to it again. It's just that good.
Trio Jérôme Beaulieu’s latest Cd : “Chercher l’équilibre” is available on itunes :
For more information on the band please visit their webpage :