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CODE Quartet

Code Quartet at the studio in Mile End

Formed in 2017, CODE Quartet (formerly DJVF) is a powerhouse collective of four of Canada’s leading jazz composers and improvisers. Based in Montreal, it includes Jim Doxas on drums, alto and soprano saxophonist Christine Jensen, Adrian Vedady on bass, and trumpeter Lex French.

Jensen has racked up numerous national and international awards, including two Juno awards for her albums Treelines and Habitat. Vedady and Doxas have lent their artistry to some of the world’s great jazz artists, including Carla Bley, Dave Douglas, Oliver Jones, and Marc Copland. French is a bright star on the Canadian jazz scene, highly in demand after relocating from New Zealand.

The chord-less quartet features original compositions that draw from each member’s unique background, depicting many moods and creating an organic dialogue. Their soundscape is diverse and refined, resulting in an exciting and engaging listening experience.

“The excellent musicianship of this quartet makes the four players sound full and complete without guitar or piano . . . CODE Quartet offers well-blended, tightly arranged and exploratory jazz with contemporary, wistful, modern jazz arrangements . . .” (Dee Dee McNeil, Musicalmemoirs’s blog)

Code Quartet will release their debut album Genealogy with Justin Time Records on April 23, 2021.

Genealogy, le premier album de CODE Quartet, sort le 23 avril 2021 sur Justin Time Records.

Genealogy

Formé en 2017, CODE Quartet (anciennement DFJV) est un puissant collectif de quatre des plus grands compositeurs et improvisateurs de jazz au Canada. Basé à Montréal, le groupe est composé de Jim Doxas à la batterie, la saxophoniste alto et soprano Christine Jensen, Adrian Vedady à la basse et le trompettiste Lex French.

Jensen a accumulé de nombreux prix, dont un prix OPUS en 2020 et deux JUNOs. Vedady et Doxas ont prêté leur talent artistique à de grands noms du jazz tels que Carla Bley. D’origine néo-zélandaise, French est maintenant une étoile brillante de la scène jazz canadienne. Le quatuor présente des compositions originales tirées des antécédents uniques de chaque membre, illustrant de nombreuses ambiances et créant un dialogue organique. Leur environnement sonore est diversifié et raffiné, ce qui se traduit par une expérience d’écoute passionnante et engageante.