My evening started at the Club Jazz stage, near the Gésù, where Toronto trio Myriad3 were finishing a few of their own compositions and were attacking a jazz arrangement of Stravinsky’s Ragtime Piano Song, followed by a Disasterpiece cover.

Their way of playing jazz is somehow closer to modern classical music than your average outdoors jazz band. Their own songs, like DNA and The Word Lock highlighted this as well, especially for the pianist Chris Donnelly. There are a lot of breaks and slower moments where you can feel that the precision of the execution is key.

Myriad3 are not the type of jazz band that will impress a crowd looking for speed and spectacular moves. They are in control, hit the right notes at the right time and take care of the details, like the volume of the drums in a song where the piano plays softly and the double-bass rumbles through.

The band got the crowd’s attention even when the rain started! Good job!

 

MYRIAD3 were playing on the stage of the Jazz Club du Casino de Montréal, on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, as part of the Montreal International Jazz Fest.

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Nicolas Pelletier

Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur-en-chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie “Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique” en 2013, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016.