Jansen Richard ©Brett Delmage, 2015
Jansen Richard ©Brett Delmage, 2015

This month Le Petit Chicago is hosting a reunion. After a three-year hiatus, Ottawa guitarist Sean Duhaime is again performing with his long-standing jazz trio.

They've been filling the downtown Gatineau club with standards and originals, played with a jazz fusion edge. The trio: Duhaime on electric guitar, Laura Greenberg on electric bass, and Jansen Richard on drums, is the August host band for the long-running Jazz Mondays series.

When OttawaJazzScene.ca heard the trio on August 17, they played a wide-ranging set for the first hour: everything from a bright, catchy version of the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves”, to the dirty blues of “Let It Ride” by the Robert Glasper Experiment, to the electric fusion of Duhaime's own “Bert”.

They opened with a dynamic rendition of Sonny Rollins' “Tenor Madness”, and continued with the ballad “Little Lady” by Vince Rimbach, with an evocative and emotional guitar solo from Duhaime. A Duhaime original, “Tomadachi”, quickly built up the energy with high-speed guitar and gravelly bass lines, along with varied and energetic drumming – and ending with a cymbal tap.

Then vocalist Rachel Lindsey – also a frequent collaborator with Duhaime – joined them for two numbers. In the bluesy “Everybody Loves a Loser” by the British trip-hop/rock group Morcheeba, her fluid voice delivered the lyrics forcefully and dramatically. Greenberg regularly plays in the band of blues guitarist/vocalist JW Jones, whom Richard has also toured with, so the blues tinge in this and several other numbers was no surprise.

Duhaime's trio will host one more Jazz Monday – next Monday, August 24 – if you'd like to get a late-night jazz/rock fusion fix. After the first set, the trio will open the stage to other musicians who might like to sit in.

    – Alayne McGregor

All photos ©Brett Delmage, 2015