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by Groove55

A finely honed collection of great sounding grooves in the smooth jazz style, stocked with beautiful melodies and highly captivating rhythms.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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2. Desert Moon
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3. Tie Silk
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4. Hip Trip
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5. Live that Dream
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6. Double Click
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7. Changing Lanes
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8. Balladero
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Album Notes
Allow us to present to you Groove55. Collectively, the four band members bring decades of music experience to the project having worked with Oliver Jones, Gregory Charles, and Zachary Richard to name but a few. So it seems almost fitting that they would come together as a unified collective to share in their many years of creative experience and knowledge to create their second album "A la carte".

Groove55 features Yves Adam (alto, tenor & soprano sax) a graduate of McGill's music faculty in jazz performance as well as teaching saxophone at The Montreal International Jazz festival Blues Camp. Jacques Mignault (Keyboards) studied alongside Art Roberts at Montreal's Concordia University; he would later go on to win the inaugural grand prize of the Roland Synthesizer music contest among hundred's of entrants spanning over 22 countries that was judged by the late great Oscar Peterson. Yves Nadeau (bass) is a veteran of the Montreal Jazz scene, having played hundreds of shows on stages all over Quebec with his bands Solstice & Espresso. Rounding out the Montreal quartet is Daniel Lemay (drums), winner of the 1985 Individual Championship of Quebec in snare drum, and 15th in the world in the same competition. He won in 1986 the Inter-Collegial Grand Prize in percussion. Daniel has played with Richard Beaudet, François Richard, Ivanoe Jolicoeur, Roger Walls, Ron DiLauro, André Leroux, Normand Guilbault and Normand Deveault, to name a few.

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Scott O'Brien Review
Another excellent release from Canadian contemporary jazz group Groove55, A LA CARTE offers a strong collection of fusion jazz originals that are exactly what the Smooth Jazz format needs more of… rich, tasteful, musically powerful jazz that is smooth, yet compelling. Groove55’s compositions have enough complexity to be intriguing to the true jazz aficionado, but are also easily accessible to the casual Smooth Jazz fan. It really creates a perfect world for the listener. As I mentioned when I reviewed their previous release, “En Route,” this Montreal-based quartet (Yves Adam - saxes, Jacques Mignault - keys, Yves Nadeau - basses, Daniel Lemay – drums/percussion, plus guitarist Christian Proulx featured on selected tracks.) reminds me of the ensemble vibe of Spyro Gyra and Urban Jazz Coalition. That, believe me, puts them in good company! My expectations were high after enjoying the music from “En Route.” A LA CARTE has exceeded them!