“An uncommon level of artistic maturity” La Presse
“A pianist and composer of high stature in his native Montreal, Mr. Bourassa favors avant-gardism of a liquid and often lyrical sort.” Nate Chinen, New York Times
“Une architecture musicale avec de beaux developpements, d’etonnants changements de rhythmes … un pianist-compositeur complètement habité par sa musqiue …suprend de bout en bout et sur tous les points.” Lionel Eskenazi, JazzMan, France
The 2007 recipient of the prestigious Oscar Peterson Award at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, pianist and composer François Bourassa leads one of the most active bands on the Canadian jazz scene, with André Leroux (saxophones, clarinet, flute), Guy Boisvert (bass) and Greg Ritchie (drums).
His latest recording, « Number 9 », (Effendi/Naxos) is his ninth as a leader in a widely acclaimed discography. François Bourassa travels the world with his various projects (Quartet, En Trois Couleurs, Hommage à Dave Brubeck, Jeanne Rochette etc.) – China, the US, Europe… and across Canada. With the quartet has toured on three continents, played the major jazz festivals of the world, and legendary places such as Dizzy’s Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York) during the memorable Québec Jazz series.
François Bourassa Quartet
On Number 9, François Bourassa’s ninth album of original music for his own band, the Montreal-born pianist and empathic colleagues allude to formative influences, serendipitous encounters and places from his past. That might suggest a highly reflective program, and the seven performances here certainly convey thoughtfulness. But the true focus of composer-improviser Bourassa and his ensemble, from beginning to end of the record, is in the moment, now. (From the liner notes by Howard Mandel, 2017)