Adam Daudrich is excited to be performing with renowned bass player Ron Seguin for his piano trio show Saturday afternoon at Merrickville's Jazz Fest.
In June, Daudrich started playing with Seguin: “He's a joy to work with. He has a very different beat. He articulates the bass differently, his sustain is longer, his intonation is more modern.”
And he and Daudrich have something in common: they're both originally from Ottawa, and have spent years playing jazz in Montreal. “I knew that he was a legend. He's very well-respected here and in Ottawa. So when I played the gig with him, I really liked his beat, so I said I'm going to hire him, to see what he brings to the mix.”
Seguin's credits include working with many well-known American musicians including Steve Grossman, Dave Liebman, Tony Scott, Dewey Redman, Ben Monder, and Greg Burk, as well as Canadians Peter Leitch, Pat LaBarbera, Phil Dwyer, Kirk McDonald, and Ben Charest. He recorded two albums with the legendary Montreal guitarist Sonny Greenwich. After many years in the Montreal scene, he moved to Italy in the mid-1990s but has recently returned to Montreal and has been playing there regularly.
Ottawa guitarist Roddy Ellias, who brought Seguin to Ottawa for a show in 2010, described him then as “one of my favourite bass players and musicians. He's a joy and inspiration to play with.”
Merrickville will be the third time Seguin has been part of Daudrich's trio, which also includes drummer Marc Beland.
They will perform primarily Daudrich's own jazz pieces, combined with a few standards. Daudrich released several of the compositions on a trio EP last year, but he said they would only be including two of those because of changing bass players. But they will be including other, so-far unrecorded, originals as well, he said.
His pieces “sound like traditional piano trio jazz,” melodic and propulsive. But because they're his own compositions, he said, “I know that I've got a certain sound that's defined.”
And his trio makes a point of internalizing the music. “My drummer doesn't even use charts anymore. I don't use charts. But Ron for the time being needs them a little bit.”
Daudrich's previous festival appearance was an indoor show at this year's Montreal Jazz Festival, together with Ottawa guitarist Lucas Haneman, and again playing mostly Daudrich's originals. The audience liked what they heard: “It was crazy. They were yelling, they were screaming. Lucas killed it, and they loved my compositions."
He said he was happy to be performing at Merrickville because “I like the concept of the festival, that most of the performers are Ottawa-based. It's almost like a local festival. And that really makes me happy because it gives a sense of community.”
– Alayne McGregor
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