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Simon Delage: Cahier

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With jazz wunderkinds releasing their debut recordings younger and younger, it’s somewhat refreshing to hear an album by an up and coming musician who has taken a much needed gestation period before going into the recording studio. Enter Montreal drummer Simon Delage. In the time since graduating from the McGill University Jazz Program, Delage has amassed a slew of playing credits with mainstays on the Montreal jazz scene including the likes of Rémi Bolduc, Jeff Johnston and André White, among others. To this end, his debut release Cahier (Kai-Yeah), reveals a maturity and depth that can only be gained through associations with professional musicians and live band stand experiences.

Fittingly titled Cahier, the French term for notebook contains a cross-section of Delage’s compositions written over the last few years. The album opens with “Brew Day,” a traditional New Orleans-style shuffle paired with a more modern irregular phrase structure. The seamless juxtaposition is a testament to Delage’s compositional lexicon and versatility as a drummer.

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