The album features nine titles that tacitly fuse traditional jazz, rock, funk, touches of African influences and South American music. To achieve this, Alain Caron surrounded himself with renowned musicians from all over the world yielding a meld of styles that is remarkable and refreshing. Guitarists Pierre Côté (Canada), Jean-Marie Ecay (France) and the legendary guitarist Frank Gambale (Australia and U.S.). Pianists John Roney (Canada), Otmaro Ruiz (Venezuela–USA) and Tony Raymond (France). Violinist Christophe Raymond (France) and drummer Damien Schmitt (France–USA), a young prodigy who will astound you.
The album title Septentrion was chosen to highlight Alain's Nordic roots and punctuate the fact that this is his seventh studio album to date. Septentrion was released in stores across Canada, August 31, 2010.
Alain Caron has built a solid international reputation well beyond our borders. His career quickly took off in the early eighties when he along with fellow members founded the mega fusion group UZEB who went on to record ten albums with international sales topping five times platinum. The group gave their farewell concert in 1991 in front of 90,000 fans at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Alain Caron today continues to travel the world, continent by continent performing with such colleagues as Mike Stern, Billy Cobham, Dennis Chambers, Frank Gambale, Biréli Lagrène, Didier Lockwood, Tiger Okoshi, Alex Acuna, Don Alias and Gino Vanelli…Also giving Master Class clinics in over 30 countries to date. Education and giving back is very important to Alain. In 2010, in Alain's native Rivière-du-Loup announced that it would be building a music school for $3.7 million and naming it École de musique Alain-Caron.
Recipient of numerous acknowledgements and awards such as; ten Félix awards, a Gemini Award and the Oscar Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award. Alain Caron has also been voted "Best electric bass player" by Canadian magazine The Jazz Report for 8 years in a row.
For more information, visit Alain's new website at www.alaincaron.com
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