Drummer Guy Thouin is the sole surviving member of Le Quatuor De Jazz Libre De Quebec, a radical free music unit that was active – both politically and musically – in Montreal between 1967-73. Here, he’s joined by two fellow veterans of the Montreal free scene, saxophonists Bryan Highbloom and Raymon Torchinsky, for a 21st century recapitulation of that original urge to burn. Read more

Montreal’s Bronze Age Records is releasing new music on vinyl LPs, part of a widening movement convinced of the medium’s sonic superiority. One of its first releases further invokes the golden age of vinyl: En Direct du Suoni per Il Popolo (Bronze Age Records, http://bronzeagerecords.com) presents Nouveau Jazz Libre de Québec, a descendant of Quatuor Jazz Libre de Québec, the group that combined the liberating messages of free jazz and Quebec nationalism in the mid-60s. Read more

Guy Thouin is a key figure in Quebec musical history. As percussionist for the Quatuor de Jazz Libre du Quebec in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Thouin helped pioneer the free-jazz scene that still flourishes in the province. He also drummed on Robert Charlebois’ hit “Lindberg” — a rare pop song with a spontaneously improvised arrangement — and participated in the Walter Boudreau-led collective L’Infonie, listed in the group’s liner notes as Yug Niuoht. Read more

N’eût été le Quatuor de jazz libre du Québec (QJLQ), Lindberg, L’Osstidshow et l’Infonie n’auraient certainement pas été aussi révolutionnaires. De 1967 à 1974, ces créateurs exaltés ont absorbé les idées de Cecyl Taylor, d’Ornette Coleman, de John et Alice Coltrane, de Sun Ra, de Rashied Ali et de Milford Graves, pour ne nommer que ceux-là, pour les souffler au visage d’un peuple qui en avait bien besoin au sortir de la Révolution tranquille. Quarante ans plus tard, l’un de ses fondateurs fait revivre la démarche du QJLQ en fondant le Nouveau Jazz Libre du Québec (NJLQ). Read more