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Montreal free improvisers in an album straddling improvisation, actuelle, and rock influences, with drummer Michel F. Cote, guitarist Sam Shalabi, and bass/electronicist Alexandre St-Onge.

Shalabi / St-Onge / Cote
Jane and The Magic Bananas

Shalabi / St-Onge / Cote: Jane and The Magic Bananas (&Records)
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Released in: Canada    

"A strange trio indeed! How to describe this terrific mumbo-combo? Let's try this: a free-exotica-rock band. This post-virtuosity improv trio seems made to change the rules of interplay. Who's soloing? Who's in charge of the beat? Who's leading? Where do they come from? From the land of Conan the Barbarian, I suppose... All in all, their set at DNA showed powerful and weird musical interactions, and a continuous three-dimensional stream of medieval consciousness which undergoes a permanent displacement from point 1 to point 3, from point 2 to point 1, etc. A magnificent example of individual spirits that connect with vector, Achilles vs. Hector, qualities. It was a sharp Frazetta Fantasy soundtrack. A must see, a must hear."-Julian Slitworky, Rolling Stone Magazine

"Sam Shalabi is a central node in Montréal's free improv scene. One cannot count the many projects he is a part of. He is best known as a founding member of Shalabi Effect, who have recorded 2 albums on Alien8 Recordings which have earned the band extremely good response from critics and music enthusiasts alike. Apart from Shalabi Effect, he is also part of a number of bands, among which Detention, Molasses, Balai Mécanique, Po, 'Gypt Gore, and a trio with David Kristian and Alexandre St-Onge. He is also known for three solo albums, Luteness (Squint Fucker Press, deleted), On Haschisch (Alien8), and of course Osama, his investigation of arabophobia in a "post-9-11 world". His style ranges from freeform psychedelic rock to the most oddball abstract performance. Although mostly known as a guitarist, the highly versatile Shalabi also performs on oud and a variety of other instruments." (

"Alexandre St-Onge. Born Montréal, Québec, 1976. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (double bass).

Alexandre St-Onge is an audio artist, a musician/improviser (acoustic bass, bass, voice and electronics) and a sound performer. He has studied literature and philosophy and he is currently doing his PhD in art. He is fascinated by creativity as a pragmatic approach of the ineffable and he has released seven solo CDs: Entités (Oral), Joseph Carey Merrick (Oral), Mon animal est possible (Alien8 Recordings), L'amitié ou les rumeurs insoutenables du désir (Squint Fucker Press), kasi naigo (Squint Fucker Press), Une mâchoire et deux trous (Namskéio Records), Image/négation (Alien8 Recordings). He also plays in quite a few bands, including Et Sans, K.A.N.T.N.A.G.A.N.O., Klaxon Gueule, Pink Saliva, Mineminemine, Shalabi Effect and Undo. As a composer he has worked for interactive/mixed-media company kondition pluriel, as well as composing for artists such as Marie Brassard, Karine Denault, Lynda Gaudreau, Line Nault, Jérémie Niel, Maryse Poulin and Mariko Tanabe."

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Label: &Records
Catalog ID: &17
Squidco Product Code: 15947

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock foldover, 3 panels
Recorded in May 2011 by Robert Langlois at Studio 270.


Sam Shalabi-electric guitar

Alexandre St-Onge-bass, electronics

Michel F. Cote-amplified percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Jogging Along the Path of El'Gabar 5:40

2. Chief Tonga Doesn't Know Where to Go 3:39

3. Passing the Gates of Shalmir-Keshtoum 2:27

4. Young Men Share Excitement in Far Deep Tchoukotka 2:53

5. Gul Shah's Hunchback Henchman 4:23

6. Sacred Baam Jumbek Dance of the Newborn 3:25

7. In Which Jack's Cruise Is Ended 4:29

8. Third Invasion of the Swingingsguord 3:38

9. Mesa Verde's Alien Sunset 4:27