Musicians:

François Bourassa - piano, André Leroux - saxophones, clarinets, flute, Guy Boisvert - bass, Greg Ritchie - drums

On Number 9, François Bourassa’s ninth album of original music for his own band, the Montreal-born pianist and empathic colleagues allude to formative influences, serendipitous encounters and places from his past. That might suggest a highly reflective program, and the seven performances here certainly convey thoughtfulness. But the true focus of composer-improviser Bourassa and his ensemble, from beginning to end of the record, is in the moment, now.
Sensuous imagination supported by sterling technique, François here empowers reeds player André Leroux, bassist Guy Boisvert, drummer Greg Ritchie -- a cast he first assembled in 2002 -- to embark on an adventure-strewn, winding road that tours vistas and waysides of a collective mindscape, strikingly different at every go ‘round, each listen. The music of Number 9 cycles from melodic lyricism to pure sonics, from a swinging basis to open space, from probing inquiry to fervent self-expression to satisfying resolutions, sometimes conclusive. There is finesse and passion, flintiness and warmth, formal structures and free association. Some of Number 9 is simply dreamy. Bourassa and company make these diversities all of one piece, aspects of an ensemble sensibility.
Given the album’s title, we of a certain age must wonder if it’s a nod to another four-man band that celebrated variety while maintaining its singular identity. Does Number 9 refer to the haunting musique concrète
collage on the Beatles’ White Album?
Extracts of Howard Mandel liner notes.

Number 9
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01- Carla Und Karlheinz
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02- 5 And Less
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03- Frozen
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04- Past Ich
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05- Lostage
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06- 18, Rue De L'Hotel De Ville
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07- 11 Beignes
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