The Benjamin Deschamps Quintet brought high energy to two hour-long sets at Record Runner Rehearsal Studios in Ottawa on Saturday evening. They performed primarily Deschamps' own compositions from his 2017 album, Demi-Nuit, which showcased the quintet's fine playing and rich interlacing of instruments.
Jean-Nicolas Trottier on trombone and Deschamps on alto sax were particular stand-outs, whose lines combined and complemented each other to produce propulsive fire and sweet melodies. The audience demand an encore, and then responded with a standing ovation.
Read OttawaJazzScene.ca's interview with Benjamin Deschamps,