The Harley Card Trio (with Petr Cancura and Alex Bilodeau)
Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel
Friday and Saturday, February 26-27, 2016

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Harley Card and Petr Cancura will be back at the Options Jazz Lounge in Kanata tonight, playing music on the quieter and more atmospheric side with Alex Bilodeau ©Brett Delmage, 2016
Harley Card and Petr Cancura will be back at the Options Jazz Lounge in Kanata tonight, playing music on the quieter and more atmospheric side with Alex Bilodeau ©Brett Delmage, 2016

Toronto guitarist Harley Card has brought his electric guitar, a stack of his own compositions, and a deep background in jazz standards up to Ottawa this weekend, for his Friday and Saturday shows at the Options Jazz Lounge in Kanata.

He's teamed up with two well-known Ottawa musicians – Petr Cancura, this time on tenor and soprano sax, and Alex Bilodeau on double bass – for shows combining his and Cancura's compositions with lyrical standards, all generally on the quieter and more atmospheric side.

OttawaJazzScene.ca was there for their second and third sets on Friday. There were some careful consultations on the bandstand before some of the numbers, and the result was a finely-layered and nuanced collaboration with many intertwined lines. Bilodeau provided melodic bass solos as well as consistent strong riffs underpinning the music; Cancura created strong interjections, light flutters, and deep long lines on his saxophones exploring melodies and textures; and Card played fluid and expressive guitar producing both delicate melodies and intricate, constantly-morphing patterns.

It was a show well worth hearing, despite some background conversation in the lounge. The trio received consistent appreciative applause.

The trio will be back at Brookstreet tonight for three sets from 8 p.m. to midnight.

    – Alayne McGregor