Annie Dominique Quintet – Tout Autour
July 16, 2015
Because there aren’t that many female soloist musicians around in the Montreal / Québec jazz scene, here’s an opportunity to discover a new one. Young saxophonist Annie Dominique is worth a listen, she has a form of constance with some great musical ideas. Once again, no standards on this nine track release, but personal compositions as well as many solos she gladly shares with trombone player Jean-Nicolas Trottier.
Serious jazz, some might say, with the presence of departed jazz musicians John Coltrane and certainly Michael Brecker in the background, without actually copying them or their state of mind. Étude no. 1 gives us a good idea of the intuitive talent of saxophonist Annie Dominique, just like AM, which highlights a uncanny sense of the ballad (there’s some Dexter Gordon in there). Our fav track : Another Waltz. Let’s also mention the essential work of the rhythm section including Jonathan Cayer at the piano, Sébastien Pellerin on bass and Éric Thibodeau at the drums.
Christophe Rodriguez is also jazz, classical and book columnist/blogger at the Journal de Montréal