The Montreal jazz quintet L’abîme will play three shows in Quebec on December 7 in Montreal (L’Esco), December 16 in Trois-Rivières (le 507) and December 17 in Sherbrooke (La Petite Boîte Noire) with special guest viñu-vinu.
L’abîme is a new band from Montreal influenced by jazz, progressive rock and contemporary classical. The quintet emerges from the Trio Jonathan Turgeon, a recipient of the Stingray Rising Star award at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Pianist Jonathan Turgeon’s compelling compositions are bolstered by strong arrangements devised by the whole group. The project is a particularly compelling showcase for the group’s woodwind players, who explore a wide range of textures and timbres. Faithful to its jazz heritage, L’abîme dives into deep, engaging improvisations by Hugo Blouin (upright bass), Jean-Philippe Godbout, who’s also a member of the groups Andy Jon and Gazoline (drums), Alex Dodier, a member of the groups Shpik and L’oumigmag (saxophones, flute) and Gabriel Genest (tenor saxophone, clarinets).
Their eponymous debut album, released on April 23 on the Multiple Chord Music label (Benjamin Deschamps, Rémi-Jean Leblanc, Alex Lefaivre), received enthusiastic critical acclaim. L’abîme is on Radio-Canada OHdio‘s Nouvelle Génération Jazz playlist and the album’s title track was named Track of the Day by the American specialty site All About Jazz.
These 3 dates mark the launch of the group’s album, which – because of the pandemic – could only take place virtually. The tour is also a way for L’abîme to reconnect with their communities in their respective hometowns of Trois-Rivières and Sherbrooke and in Montreal, where the group was formed.