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"Legault is a guitarist who likes to swim in deep musical waters. Given the clarity, expressiveness and flow of his playing, he’s able to take listeners with him on his explorations."


"glowing, agile playing"


Peter Hum - Ottawa Citizen



 

"Simon's playing is graced with subtlety, depth and a sure sense of construction. Phrases sound effortless while making sense, each note is carefully weighed and articulated (...)


Simon's musical intelligence and mastery of the instrument can, I am sure, lead him to many paths if he wishes. I really look forward to hearing future projects from this highly gifted musician."


Jean-Michel Pilc - Jazz Pianist

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Review of the new trio CD by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen - September 4th 2019

Liminal Spaces (Effendi Records)
Simon Legault


The last time I heard from Montreal guitarist Simon Legault was a few years ago, when he put out his impressively modern quintet album called Hypnagogia Polis.


With his new album, Liminal Spaces, Legault has shifted gears and even downsized. His playing and composing are still contemporary in sound and concept, but he’s presenting them now in a trio format, with bassist Adrian Vedady and drummer Michel Lambert.


While Vedady played on Legault’s previous disc, veteran Montreal drummer Lambert is apparently a newer collaborator for Legault, who says that Liminal Spaces and its material grew out of weekly sessions with Lambert and a range of bassists.


You might guess then that Legault wanted to see what sparks would fly from the combination of his own glowing, agile playing and Lambert’s rugged, free-spirited drumming.


The hour-long album consists of 13 tracks, of which four are solo pieces that are thick with the kind of mystery, atmosphere and sophistication that a fan of guitar genius Ben Monder would warm to.


The album’s trio maintain that rarefied vibe, from the surging title track that opens the disc with a combination of reverb-y spaciousness and charged, tensile playing, to the open swinging tune Inflexion, to A Moment Ago, which begins as a plaintive rubato ballad but isn’t afraid to increase its tension.


Legault is a guitarist who likes to swim in deep musical waters. Given the clarity, expressiveness and flow of his playing, he’s able to take listeners with him on his explorations.


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Review of the new trio CD on sortiesjazznights.com

 

Simon Legault Trio - Liminal Spaces

August 15, 2019

Guitar lovers : you might want to run to your favorite record store or download Liminal Spaces. Talented guitarist Simon Legault cultivates the art of the trio with his colleagues bassist Adrian Vedady and drummer Michel Lambert. Like he explains eloquently, this project got off the ground after many encounters with his colleagues creating the chemistry behind Liminal Spaces. To give more clout to the album the standards were set aside highlighting thirteen very personal tracks that reflect the talent of the guitarist and composer. Airy and poetic without being new-age-ish, you could be reminded of Pat Metheny at a certain period.

It takes a bit of time and a certain state of mind to let yourself slip into the soft atmosphere of Liminal Spaces and A Moment Ago. And then things pick up with some driving swing on Solus I and Into the Unknown. As I was listening to the guitar, I had a endearing thought for departed Jacques Languirand and his radio show Par Quatre Chemins. The master of infinite spaces, who was also a jazz lover, would've loved Liminal Spaces. To sum it all up, Simon Legault plays wisely and works the themes with intelligence and sincerity. Nice work for guitar and art of trio lovers. In between the vibrant art and the connection in between the musicians, great research work.

Liminal Spaces / A Moment Ago / Inflexion / Solus I / Reenvision / Inevitable Certainty / Solus II / Adrift Solus / Interwoven / Prestidigitize / Solus III / Into the Unknown / Solus IV

Simon Legault Trio - Liminal Spaces

Simon Legault, guitar & compositions
Adrian Vedady, bass
Michel Lambert, drums

simonlegault.com

Christophe Rodriguez (rod.chris@hotmail.com)

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Critique du CD trio Liminal Spaces sur sortiesjazznights.com par Christophe Rodriguez

 

Simon Legault Trio - Liminal Spaces

15 août 2019

Ah, je connais certains amoureux de la guitare qui vont courir de ce pas chez leur disquaire ou le télécharger. Jeune musicien talentueux, le guitariste Simon Legault cultive avec ses complices le contrebassiste Adrian Vedady et le batteur Michel Lambert, l’art du trio. Comme il l’explique si bien, ce projet a pris sa naissance lors de multiples rencontres avec ses collègues, puis est née la chimie qui a donné naissance à Liminal Spaces. Pour donner du poids à cette nouveauté, les standards furent mis de côté au profit de treize plages aussi personnelles les unes que les autres, qui évoquent à notre humble avis, le travail d’un guitariste et compositeur des plus contentieux. Ce disque aérien empreint de poésie, sans toutefois tomber dans la « bouillie new age »,  s’apparente beaucoup à ce que fit Pat Metheny à une époque.

Il faut du temps et un certain état d’esprit pour se couler dans les douces ambiances de Liminal Spaces puis A Moment Ago. Pour le swing, nous retiendrons Solus I et Into the Unknow qui met en vedette le trio. Pendant que la guitare me chatouillait les oreilles, j’ai eu une douce pensée pour le regretté Jacques Languirand et son émission Par Quatre Chemins. Liminal Spaces aurait fait la joie du maitre des espaces infinis, qui fut aussi un passionné de jazz. En conclusion, Simon Legault expose avec sagesse et creuse les thèmes avec intelligence et sincérité. Du très beau travail pour qui aime la guitare et l’art du trio. Entre l’art vibrant et la chaleur communicative des musiciens, le travail de recherche est exemplaire.

Liminal Spaces / A Moment Ago / Inflexion / Solus I / Reenvision / Inevitable Certainty / Solus II / Adrift Solus / Interwoven / Prestidigitize / Solus III / Into the Unknown / Solus IV

Simon Legault Trio - Liminal Spaces

Simon Legault, guitare et compositions
Adrian Vedady, contrebasse
Michel Lambert, batterie

simonlegault.com

Christophe Rodriguez (rod.chris@hotmail.com)

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NEW RECORD OUT TODAY! (June 21st 2019)

The new Trio record is available now everywhere. CD, digital, streaming.


Check out video Teasers and complete Audio tracks below!


 

This project started as a weekly session with drummer Michel Lambert and guest bassists. With new music written specifically for this trio, it took on a life of its own and ultimately became this record. After two quartet records and his previous quintet record, Simon Legault finally felt ready to make his first trio album. And with these exceptional musicians it was an absolute joy to write, play and record. 

"Guitar trio is a beautiful but demanding art. Simon, Adrian and Michel are bringing a powerful contribution here, coming up with a consistent and meaningful statement. All three have great command of their instrument, and it allows them to develop their ideas with confidence and clarity. The chemistry between them is palpable, and the music always sounds interesting and accomplished. Simon's playing is graced with subtlety, depth and a sure sense of construction. Phrases sound effortless while making sense, each note is carefully weighed and articulated, and the harmonic passages are beautifully executed. I also enjoyed the solo tracks a lot, which bring poetry and release. 


Simon's musical intelligence and mastery of the instrument can, I am sure, lead him to many paths if he wishes. I really look forward to hearing future projects from this highly gifted musician."

Jean-Michel Pilc



Français 


Ce projet prit forme durant des sessions hebdomadaire avec le batteur Michel Lambert et bassistes invités. Avec de la nouvelle musique composée spécifiquement pour ce trio, le projet évolue de lui-même et donne naissance à ce nouvel album. Après deux albums en quatuor et son précédent en quintette, Simon Legault se sentit finalement prêt d'enregistrer son premier album en trio. Et avec ces musiciens exceptionnels, ce fût un immense plaisir de l'écrire, le jouer et l'enregistrer. 

"Le trio guitare jazz est un bel art mais il est très exigent. Simon, Adrian et Michel nous présentent ici une puissante contribution, livrant un message cohérent et significatif. Tous trois ont une maîtrise de leur instrument ce qui leur permet de développer leurs idées avec confiance et clarté. La chimie entre eux est tangible et la musique toujours intéressante et accomplie. Le jeu guitaristique de Simon possède subtilité, profondeur et un sens développé de la construction musicale. Ses phrases semblent être exécutées sans effort tout en ayant un sens. Chaque note est soigneusement pesée et articulée et ses passages harmoniques sont magnifiquement exécutés. J'ai également beaucoup aimé les pièces à la guitare solo, qui apportent à la fois poésie et relâche.


Son intelligence musicale et sa maîtrise de son instrument conduiront Simon, j'en suis convaincu, à plusieurs avenues s'il le désir bien. Je resterai à l'affût des futures projets de ce musicien hautement doué."

Jean-Michel Pilc


A Moment Ago

From the album Liminal Spaces

Inflexion

 From the album Liminal Spaces 

Teaser 1

Teaser 2

Teaser 3

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Review of the new CD in The WholeNote Magazine, Toronto (December 2017 / January 2018 issue, Volume 23, issue 4).

  Hypnagogia Polis is Montreal guitarist Simon Legault’s third album and the first with a quintet. Hypnogogia is the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep and many of the songs have a hypnotic, luminescent quality. The opening Aethereal Spheres begins with a wickedly tight ostinato pattern set up by the piano (Andrew Boudreau) and bass (Adrian Vedady). Then the saxophone (Jules Payette) and guitar enter with a contrapuntal unison melody while Louis- Vincent Hamel’s drums underpin the action. This sophisticated playfulness permeates the album. Euphemized Blues has a groovy lilting melody which loops around several times before Legault takes off on one of his lyrical and swirling solos.    Legault’s album benefits from the virtuosity of the soloists. The tunes are inventive and reminiscent of Metheny or Scofield, but the highlights are the freewheeling improvisations, particularly with Legault’s fleet lines and Payette’s wailing and lyrical sax. Boudreau adds some fine piano work as well and it all makes for a clever and sophisticated disc. Ted Parkinson  

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Critique du CD sur sortiesjazznights.com

16 novembre 2017
Comme Noël approche à grands pas et qu’il faut absolument soutenir nos interprètes d’ici, le nouveau disque du guitariste Simon Legault s’invite à vous. Du titre Hypnagogia Polis que nous pourrions considérer comme étrange mais qui se résume à l'état entre le sommeil et l'éveil, la musique fait appel à un jazz soudé, brillant, et entrecoupé de solides interventions. Comme très souvent, les grands standards de jazz ne sont pas de la partie, donc, il vous faudra une oreille plus avertie pour parfois décoder le message. Autour du guitariste, nous retrouvons le très polyvalent contrebassiste Adrian Vedady, le saxophoniste alto Jules Payette, le pianiste Andrew Boudreau et le batteur Louis-Vincent Hamel.
 

De ce disque particulièrement consistant nous retiendrons Nimzowitsch Defense. Cette composition en hommage au célèbre joueur d’échecs et pédagogue Aaron Nimzowitsch, est une jolie ballade qui met en valeur tous les instrumentistes. Sur Hypnagogia Polis Simon Legault est dans un mode très intérieur et tire un doux phrasé exploratoire, non dénué de sensibilité. La mécanique quantique n'étant pas à la portée de tous, le titre de Quantum Mechanicians illustre peut-être les aléas de la composition et de ses infinies multitudes. Cet album est une très belle carte de visite pour le saxophoniste Jules Payette, digné hértier de Rémi Bolduc et d'un peu de Jackie McLean. Parfois un peu académique et manquant de « sourire », cette nouvelle pierre au jazz montréalais est salutaire par le temps qui courent. Christophe Rodriguez

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First review of the new CD in Scene Magazine (London, Ontario) October 2017

Simon Legault  Quintet

Hypnagogia Polis 


Simon Legault first picked up the guitar at age 16 and won several awards as a high school student playing his original jazz compositions. His third release on Effendi records and his first as a leader of a Quintet, finds Legault working in tandem with Jules Payette (alto sax), Andrew Boudreau (piano), Adrian Vedady (bass) and Louis-Vincent Hamel (drums). Hypnagogia Polis' eight new original compositions hint at several of Legault's influences, including Pat Metheny and John Scofield. This is sophisticated, modern jazz and each of the tunes allows for spirited, oftentimes feverish, improvisation between Legault and his sidemen, most notably, Jules  Payette.

- John Sharpe


New CD Hypnagogia Polis on sale now!

New CD Hypnagogia Polis on sale now! (September 8th 2017)

Simon Legault: guitar and compositions

Jules Payette: alto saxophone

Andrew Boudreau: piano

Adrian Vedady: double bass

Louis-Vincent Hamel: drums

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CD Launch Concert at Upstairs Montreal, September 24th 2017, 7:30 pm.

Simon Legault: guitar

Jules Payette: alto sax

Andrew Boudreau: piano

Adrian Vedady: double-bass

Louis-Vincent Hamel: drums


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Concert lancement le 24 septembre 2017 au Upstairs choisit comme: Le Bon Plan Jazz de la Semaine de Coco