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Showing posts with label Carolyn Fe Collective. Show all posts
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Carolyn Fe Blues Collective - Bad taboo - New release Review

I just received the newest release, Bad Taboo, from Carolyn Fe Blues Collective and it's got a little something for everyone. Opening with All About Them, a contemporary jazzy shuffle, Rami Cassab (Guitar) and Tim Alleyne (Keyboard)lay out some Steely Dan like memorable riffs. Kitty Cat has a light feel driven by tight percussion from Dan Legault (Drums). Fe uses her voice effectively on this track opening the door for again nice guitar riffs from Cassab. Title track Bad Taboo has a soul feel and Oisin Little (Bass)steps up with key bass lines. A serious ballad with war backing vocals, this is a clear contender for the airplay track from this release. Shun Kikuta plays a Moon Guitar on this track blending nicely with the mix. Life's Just That Good has a romping blues format with stripped down guitar and vocal and Guy Belanger on harp. Love Galore has a nice strut. Fe uses the track to showcase her versatility and Cassab lays down a nice guitar solo as well. Goodbye is a very serious minded ballad with a really strong arrangement. Basically just Fe on vocal and Alleyne on keys, this track has a haunting feel. Very Nice. Bad Thing has a vampy feel with a a cool bass line and nice key work from Alleyne. A particularly nice sax track by Jason Luc Murphy adds color to this track as well. Redemption, a disjointed but precise arrangement of instrumentation is actually one of my favorites on the release. Cool non linear guitar work from Cassab adds real nice tension to an otherwise casual track. Not Anymore is a basic blues track with interesting male backing giving it a certain texture. Again Cassab steps up with a clean articulate guitar solo for some added spice. Promised is another of the more airwaves directed tracks on the release. Fe's vocals are nicely highlighted over sweet piano, organ, drums and bass making fro a tight little package. Alleyne steps up the organ taking the track to a higher elevation and Cassab ties a bow on the end with a tight solo. Watching You, an R&B style track is carried by a cloud of organ and solid rhythm guitar. One of the best opportunities for Cassab and Alleyne to showcase their instrumental works, this track the line and run. On Whole Lotsa Trouble, Fe steps up and with the assist of Cassab on slide and Guy Belanger on harp laying down a simple acoustic gospel/blues track. Wrapping the release is Not Worth The Show, my absolute favorite track on the release. A real rocker with edge, that band really cranks it.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Carolyn Fe Blues Collective

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Carolyn Fe Blues Collective
January 2013 News

2013 is here and we start off with a BANG!
Carolyn Fe Blues Collective will be showcasing at the Toronto Blues Society's « Blues Summit 6 » This is quite an honor as this event is held every two years. This year it is in conjunction with the annual Maple Blues Awards. The Blues Summit is a not-to-be-missed forum for all blues lovers and music industry members, artists, presenters, agents, and the like. It is an opportunity for the blues community to network as well as for artists to showcase in front of industry folks. Tickets are available at ticketpro.ca, under « Blues Summit 6 »
The new album is coming along and the band will be previewing a song or two at the Blues Summit 6. This indie Blues band, Carolyn Fe Blues Collective, will certainly represent our fair city in Toronto!

January Shows :

January 11 : House of Jazz at 9:30pm
2060 Aylmer, c. Président-Kennedy (Métro McGill), Montréal, Québec H3A 2E3
Reservations are highly recommended: 514-842-8656, Admission: $10.00
January 19 : Blues Summit 6 at 10:30pm
The Market Garden (Delta Chelsea Hotel): 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z4
The Blues Summit 6 starts on January 18 goes through to the 21st.
Tickets : Ticketpro.ca, search for « Blues Summit 6 »

January 26 : House of Jazz at 9:30pm
2060 Aylmer, c. Président-Kennedy (Métro McGill), Montréal, Québec H3A 2E3
Reservations are highly recommended: 514-842-8656, Admission: $10.00
January 31 : Blues Thursday at Calistoga's at 7:00 pm
Plaza Pointe Claire, 235 Boul. St. Jean (corner of Donegani & Maywood)
No cover charge! Reservations are highly recommended: 514-630-7577

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Carolyn Fe Blues Collective: Carolyn Fe (Voice), Rami Cassab (Guitar), Tim Alleyne (Keyboard), Oisin Little (Bass), Dan Legault (Drums)
2012 Award Winner: Quebec Lys Blues Best Blues Album & Associated Styles for «Original Sin» (Canada)
2012 Nominee: Quebec Lys Blues Best Female Artist by (Canada)
2012 Finalist: Toronto Blues Society, Talent Search (Canada)
2012 Honorable Mention: Original Sin Top 10 Best Album by Blues Underground Network
2012 Honorable Mention: Best Jazz Act by Montreal Mirror Magazine'sBest of Montreal(Canada)
2011 Nominee: Best International Release by Blues 411 (USA)
2011 Finalist: IBC, International Blues Challenge (Montreal)

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Carolyn Fe Blues Collective
Nouvelles de janvier 2013
2013 est ici et nous commençons avec un BANG!Carolyn Fe Blues Collective a été invité à présenter au «Blues Summit organisé par le Toronto Blues Society. Ceci est tout un honneur car cet événement a lieu que tous les deux ans. Cette année, elle se fait conjointement avec la remise des prix annuels de Maple Blues. Le Blues Summit est un forum à-ne-pas-manquer pour tous les amateurs de blues et les membres de l'industrie musicale, les artistes, diffuseurs, agents, etc. Il s'agit d'une occasion pour la communauté blues à mieux se connaître ainsi que pour les artistes de présenter devant les membres de l'industrie. Les billets sont disponible en linge sur ticketpro.ca, sous « Blues Summit 6 ».

Le nouvel album s'en vient, et le groupe jouera une chanson ou deux lors du Blues Summit 6. Cette groupe de Blues Montréalais, Carolyn Fe Blues Collective, va certainement représenter notre belle ville de Toronto!

Spectacles pour le mois de janvier :

11 janvier : Maison du Jazz, 21h30
2060 Aylmer, c. Président-Kennedy (Métro McGill), Montréal, Québec H3A 2E3
Réservations sont fortement recommandées: 514-842-8656, Admission: $10.00

19 janvier : Blues Summit 6, 22h30
The Market Garden (Delta Chelsea Hotel): 33 Gerrard Street Ouest, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z4
Le Blues Summit 6 commence le 18 janvier jusqu'au 21 janvier.
Tickets : Ticketpro.ca, recherchez « Blues Summit 6 »

26 janvier : Maison du Jazz, 21h30
2060 Aylmer, c. Président-Kennedy (Métro McGill), Montréal, Québec H3A 2E3
Réservations sont fortement recommandées: 514-842-8656, Admission: $10.00
31 janvier: Jeudi Blues au Calistoga, 19h00
Plaza Pointe Claire, 235 Boul. St. Jean (coin de Donegani & Maywood)
Entree gratuite! Réservations sont fortement recommandées: 514-630-7577


Carolyn Fe Blues Collective : Carolyn Fe (voix), Dan Legault (batterie), Rami Cassab (guitare), Tim Alleyne (claviers), Oisín Little (basse)
2012: Meilleur album blues et styles associés de lannée (Québec Lys Blues, Canada),
2012: Nominée pour meilleur artiste feminine (2012 Quebec Lys Blues, Canada),
2012 : Finaliste Toronto Blues Society, Talent Search (Ontario,Canada)
2012 : Mention Honorable: Top 10 AlbumsOriginal SinBlues Underground Network
2012 : Mention Honorable Meilleur Jazz par Montreal Mirror MagazineBest of Montreal(Qc, Canada)
2011: Nominée pour le meilleur album international (Blues 411, É-U)
2011: Finaliste IBC, International Blues Challenge (Montreal, Canada)


Best regards,
Carolyn Fe Blues Collective

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