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Montréal Jazz & Blues Plus
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MONTREAL JAZZ & BLUES PLUS is a 13-artist, 33-song celebration of V V Records label’s vastly expanded talent roster. In addition to Vic Vogel, Le Jazz Big Band, RJ & the Houndogs, and Dean Cottrill, V V welcomes several new personages in jazz, blues and beyond. It’s a multimedia enhanced CD Rom package, with 7 live concert video clips, bios of the artists and over 170 photos. We believe that so extensive a use of multimedia technology is a first for CDs released in North America. So who are the new kids? Bassist Alex Bellegarde, featured here with his quartet, reggae roots singer Dan Beats; the explosive 4 Brass (check out their main stage Jazz Festival video); Cuban vocal legend Chiquitin (featured in bonus tracks on last year’s Montréal Jazz & Blues VVCD7775); Montreal’s own international singing star Geraldine Hunt; more great reggae vibes from Singer Judah and Jah Children; and a new singer on the Montreal rhythm and blues scene, Mira.As a special treat, one of the videos features V V Records CEO Vic Vogel in an intimate 2-piano conversation with long-time friend Chucho Valdes (Valdes is captured in audio as well in two solo tracks). Vogel also tributes another friend, this one sadly departed: Moe Kaufman. Closing out MONTREAL JAZZ & BLUES PLUS is Vic’s arrangement of Kaufman’s Swinging Shepherd Blues.