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Uri Caine at the Montreal Jazz Festival

Eric Haynes
Contributing Writer
ebhaynes@shaw.ca

Solo concerts are some of the most difficult and revealing situations for musicians, but they can also be the most rewarding and profound for both the performer and the audience. A well-executed solo performance is a journey into the musical mind of the performer, and when Uri Caine sat down at the piano on the stage of Salle Gesu (which, because of its intimacy and acoustics, is arguably one of the finest venues in the Montreal Jazz Festival) on July 5th, he displayed a musical mind as fascinatingly varied as they come.

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Snarky Puppy at the Montreal Jazz Festival

Eric Haynes
Contributing Writer
ebhaynes@shaw.ca

It's hard to believe June 30th, 2015 was Snarky Puppy's first time performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival; they filled the 2300-capacity M├ętropolis Theatre like a veteran act. That's not to say that Snarky Puppy hasn't been around for a while (they formed in 2004) or that they haven't performed in Montreal before (they have, several times), but after winning a Grammy in 2014, the collective seems to be just hitting their stride. Their Montreal show was their 20th concert in 21 days, and the final stop of their North American tour.

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Montreal Jazz Festival: Christian Scott at Upstairs

Eric Haynes
Contributing Writer
ebhaynes@shaw.ca

The crowd was already riled up by the time Christian Scott and his sextet stepped onto the stage of a packed Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill on June 28th. Scott, sporting colourful clothing and a thick gold chain around his neck, wasted no time launching into the second set of the evening.