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A fascinating mix of concepts and sophisticated compositions, as interesting sonically as the visual aspects of the show, as evidenced in the well presented booklet.

Derome, Jean
3 musiques pour UBU [2 CDs]

Derome, Jean: 3 musiques pour UBU [2 CDs] (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Label: Ambiances Magnetiques    
Released in: Canada    

3 musiques pour UBU compiles the near-complete compositions by Jean Derome (1990-92) for Denis Marleau’s Théâtre UBU. A fascinating mix of concepts and sophisticated compositions, as interesting sonically as the visual aspects of the show, as evidenced in the well presented booklet. A personal favorite, an excellent presentation in the spirit of Alfred Jarry.

"Jean Derome. Born Montréal, Québec, 1955. esidence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (saxophones (alto, baritone, soprano), flutes (flute, bass flute, piccolo, alto flute, recorders), keyboards, small wind instruments (ocarinas, jew's harp, game calls, toys...), percussion, invented instruments, voice)

One of the most active and eclectic musicians on the Canadian creative music scene, Jean Derome has managed to earn the recognition of a larger public, a rare feat in that field. Thanks to his large-scale musique actuelle projects, his compositions, his work as an improviser, his jazz groups and his music for the screen and the stage, Derome ranks as a major creative force, in Québec and abroad. He is experienced and innovative on both saxophone and flute, and his unique writing style cannot be mistaken for anyone else's. Sensitive and powerful, his music often features a funny strike that makes its complex nature more inviting.

Ever since Nébu (one of Québec's first avant-garde jazz groups) in the early '70s, Derome has been consistently renewing and diversifying his approach of composition. He impressed audience and critics first with the flute, then with the saxophone, as a lead character in the musique actuelle underground. He took part to the various artists' collectives looking for new ways to express themselves freely, without esthetic or social constraints, including the Ensemble de musique improvisée de Montréal. Later, in the early '80s, he co-founded Ambiances Magnétiques, a collective and record label that raised his profile at home and introduced his name to the outside world. Among his numerous projects, let us mention the duos Les Granules, Nous perçons les oreilles and Plinc! Plonc!, the dynamic group Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, and the large-scale projects Confitures de gagaku, Je me souviens - Hommage à Georges Perec and Canot-camping. Most of these projects are based on a unique form of synergy between composition, structured improvisation and genuine creative madness, all this articulated with unmatched playfulness. In 1992, Derome became the second artist to be presented with the Freddie Stone Award (bassist Lisle Ellis was the first).

Besides improvising on a regular basis with Ambiances Magnétiques' members and appearing in their projects, Derome has also shared the stage with several musicians of international stature, among others Fred Frith, Lars Hollmer, Louis Sclavis and Han Bennink. He performs regularly all over Canada, in the US and in Europe. He received a Prix Opus in 2001 for his exposure abroad.

Lately, jazz circles have been praising his undisputable qualities as a jazzman, thanks to the Thelonious Monk tribute project Évidence, the Normand Guilbeault Ensemble (whose Mingus Erectus CD is devoted to Charles Mingus' music), and the much-lauded Derome Guilbeault Tanguay Trio.

Although Jean Derome writes tirelessly for his own projects, he is much in demand in the fields of film, theatre and dance. A short list of this side of his work would have to include his numerous scores for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), especially for films by John Walker, Jacques Leduc, Fernand Bélanger and animated films by Pierre Hébert, Michèle Cournoyer and Jean Detheux; his incidental music for Théâtre UBU, Théâtre de Quat'Sous and Théâtre du Nouveau Monde; not forgetting his work with several top choreographers, including Louise Bédard, Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood, Daniel Soulières and Ginette Laurin. Other music ensembles have commissioned works from him, including Tuyo, Bradyworks, the Hard Rubber Orchestra from Vancouver and Fanfare Pourpour. Incidentally, Derome is the musical director of the latter.

Over thirty years of music and 70 record credits later, Jean Derome still has sleeves bursting with tricks."

-ActuelleCD (

"Jean-Jacques Avenel, born 16 June 1948 in Saint-Nicolas-d'Aliermont ( Seine-Maritime ) and died 12 August 2014. He was a jazz bassist, a faithful companion to Steve Lacy, and participated in many other musical adventures. He was interested especially in African music, the kora and tradition Mandingo.

Jean-Jacques Avenel was self-taught, although he subsequently benefit from the lessons of Kent Carte. He began his career by participating in the free jazz movement, playing with Steve Waring, Colette Magny, Don Cherry, and with Noah Howard, the quartet of Frank Wright and Intercommunal Free Dance Music Orchestra training François Tusques. He also accompanies the saxophonist Daunik Lazro.

From 1975, he began to be associated with different formations led by Steve Lacy. Trio, sextet, quartet... But also the quintet consisting addition Lacy and Avenel, saxophonist Steve Potts, drummer Oliver Johnson and pianist Bobby Few, often with the singer Irene Aebi. A long collaboration begins. He accompanied Steve Lacy for nearly 30 years, performing in many festivals and other places in Europe and the United States, and participating in more than twenty albums recordings. He had also the opportunity to accompany Butch Morris in 1980, and David Murray in the 1990s.

He participated in the achievements of Michel Edelin and particularly in the quartet with Simon Goubert and Jacques Di Donato since 1995. More recently, he worked with young European pianists Benoît Delbecq, and Gael Mevel. And with American Mal Waldron and Australian Chris Cody. Plus work with Richard Galliano, George Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Dino Saluzzi, Paul Bley, and other.

He also regularly collaborated with François Raulin. In 2000, at the 38th festival Roaring, Avenel, Raulin and Adama Drame together created the ARD trio, training mixing European jazz tradition and the Mandingo. Jean-Jacques Avenel passion for African music and plays the kora, in addition to the bass. In 2004, Avenel and Sissokho surrounded themselves Lansiné Kouyaté, Moriba Koita and Michel Edelin for Waraba project ( "the lion" in language Bamana ). Then in 2006, he formed the trio DAG Domancich and Simon Goubert.

He died of cancer August 12, 2014."

-Wikipedia (translated by Google, assisted by Squidco) (

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UPC: 771028103027

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM030CD
Squidco Product Code: 541

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 1997
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray

Jean Derome-alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, flute, percussion, synthesizer/performer [patentes], vocals

Carol Bergeron

Stephane Jalbert

Ivanhoe JolicŌur

Allan Laforest

Jean-Denis Levasseur

René Lussier

Allyson Lyne

Pierre Olivier

Shannon Peet

Chantal Rémillard

Jean Sabourin

Pierre Tanguay

Alain Trudel

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Track Listing:

Disc 1: Cantate grise (1990)

1 Berceuse I (l'avancée) 2:17

2 La ronde des vieillards 2:13

3 Canon à trois trombones 1:37

4 Berceuse II (l'innomable) 1:38

5 Cette pauvre vieille pouilleuse de vieille terre 5:22

6 La valse de Vi-Ru-Flo 2:26

7 Berceuse III 1:34

8 Duo de bassons 3:38

9 Fouillis (quoi où) 2:50

10 Oscillation 4:42

11 Lueurs 4:03

12 Berceuse IV 1:50

13 Pavane 2:13

14 Cette chambre 2:49

15 Petite marche :56

16 Trio de bassons 2:47

17 Spirale 4:01

18 Ainsi de suite et de suite 1:01

19 Berceuse V 2:20

Disc 2: Les Ubs (1991)

1 Les trois coups :35

2 Il arrive! :19

3 Ouverture à la française 1:13

4 Craignez et redoutez le Maître des Phynances 2:32

5 La crypte 1:53

6 Danse villageoise 1:13

7 Le bal 2:51

8 Le menuet de Vanceslas :48

9 L'hymne des Palotins 2:00

10 Le menuet du Czar 1:10

11 La sarabande des rats 2:02

12 La marche des Polonais (chanson de route) 2:48

13 Chanson polonaise 2:29s

14 L'armée russe 1:10

15 Marécages :46

16 La trappe 2:13

17 Chanson du décervelage 4:48

18 Vers les rives de France 2:37

Luna-Park (1992)

19 La Boîte de fer 4:54

Madame Lenin

20 Marche Funèbre (Mondarbours I) 1:27

21 Odessa (Le Nuage en Pantalon I) :12

22 Ouverture de la Victoire sur le soleil 2:49

23 Le moisi des naïades dodues 1:54

La sauterelle

Je mange un chien

Vite le tempêtomètre

24 Celui-là (Nuage II) :17

25 Pilule, pullule la toupie 2:44

Domaine Tchekov

Mondarbours II

26 Maria (Nuage III) :19

27 Que les chevaux chauffés à blanc piétinent 2:12

Le monde des fleurs n'est déjà plus

28 La mort future 1:14

29 Le Boiteux 1:09

30 Sur mon visage... (Nuage IV) 1:17

Les ténèbres ont tout envahi

31 Loulla 2:25

Mondarbours III

32 L'univers dort (Nuage V) :28

33 Le berceau du navet sanguinaire 1:57

34 Injuriant (Nuage VI) :23

35 Nous sommes libres le soleil est brisé 2:03

Mondarbours IV

36 Timidité de se tirer une balle 1:56

Le volcan

L'horloge géante et folle

Sur les vitres (Nuage VII)

37 Rengaine de mauvais goût 2:19

Chanson des sportifs

38 Mondarbours V :29

39 Le monde périra mais nous n'aurons pas de fin 1:07