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UZEB. Montreal jazz band in the fusion style. It was formed in 1976 in Drummondville, Que, by the guitarist Michel Cusson (b there 22 Jan 1957) and others. Following its debut 14 Aug 1976 at St-Euzèbe, Que, it took the name Eusèbe-Jazz, subsequently shortened to UZEB, and soon moved to Montreal. The drummer Jean St-Jacques and the bassist Alain Caron (b St-Eloi, Que, 5 May 1955) had joined Cusson by 1978; St-Jacques was replaced by Sylvain Coutu, and Coutu in 1980 by Paul Brochu (b Quebec City 5 Apr 1958). UZEB was completed by a keyboard/synthesizer player until 1987 - in turn, Stéphan Montanaro, Jeff Fisher, Michel Cyr, and its former drummer St-Jacques. It continued after 1987 as a trio: Cusson, Caron, and Brochu. UZEB's members also have worked as studio musicians throughout its history and the band itself accompanied Diane Tell and Claude Dubois on tours in 1980 and 1982 respectively.

UZEB enjoyed pop-star status in Quebec during the 1980s, winning Félix awards as group of the year in 1984 and 1989 (in competition with pop and rock bands) as well as for jazz album of the year in 1983, 1984, 1986, and 1987. In addition to many province-wide (and several national) tours, it appeared regularly at the FIJM, culminating in concerts at PDA in 1989 and 1991, an honor otherwise accorded by the festival only to Oliver Jones and Oscar Peterson among Canadian musicians. In 1991 UZEB received the FIJM's Prix Oscar-Peterson. The band's popularity and dazzling blend of instrumental technique and technology, which has offset a rather lacklustre repertoire of original compositions, has made UZEB a compelling model for young Quebec musicians and has accounted in part for the greater popularity of fusion in Quebec than elsewhere in Canada during the decade.

UZEB made its European debut in 1981 at the Bracknell (England) Jazz Festival, where the first of its several live albums was recorded. Beginning in 1983 with an appearance at the Festival de Jazz de Paris, UZEB enjoyed great popularity in France; it recorded LPs at the Olympia in Paris on its own and with the French violinist Didier Lockwood in 1986. UZEB also has appeared throughout Europe and in 1990 toured in the Far East. Its appearances in the USA, however, have been rare. Sales internationally of its eight recordings 1981-8 for the Montreal label Paroles et musique exceeded 200,000 by 1989, an unprecedented figure for a Canadian jazz group. UZEB's most popular compositions include Junk Funk, Smi...
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CD Baby 2000
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Live in EuropeLive in Europe
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Uzeb ClubUzeb Club
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2.33 | 8 ratings
Fast Emotions
1983
3.02 | 9 ratings
You Be Easy
1984
3.11 | 8 ratings
Between The Lines
1985
3.81 | 14 ratings
Noisy Nights
1988
3.84 | 14 ratings
Uzeb Club
1989
3.00 | 3 ratings
Entre Ciel Et Terre
1996

UZEB Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.80 | 11 ratings
Uzeb - Live in Bracknell
1981
3.00 | 5 ratings
Uzeb / Didier Lockwood - Absolutely Live
1986
3.40 | 5 ratings
Uzeb - Live in Europe
1988
4.31 | 8 ratings
World Tour 90
1990

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3.96 | 4 ratings
Best of Uzeb
1999

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 You Be Easy by UZEB album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.02 | 9 ratings

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You Be Easy
Uzeb Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
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2 stars The breezy and smooth sound of Uzeb quickly launched them among the favorite groups of the Jazz and Fusion audience.A second album, entitled ''You be easy'' was recorded by the group at Studio Vert in Quebec and, as with ''Fast emotions'', it was released both in Canada and France in 1984 by Paroles & Musique and Cream Records respectively.

The first few opening cuts of the album, though not exactly dissapointing, maintain this 80's-styled Fusion sound with a plastic production and mechanical drum and keyboard sounds.On the other hand some great guitar solos and very groovy bass lines give hope for a work, that does not sound as dated as ''Fast emotions''.Fortunately, as the album unfolds, the music becomes more interesting with nice HOLDSWORTH-like guitar moves and a jazzier rhythm section playing in a pleasant mood.The atmosphere remains very smooth and easy-going with safe procedures in the composing parts and a fair dose of accesibility, making this some nice background music.However there is still evident lack of dynamics and true passion, as if the band was willing to please a wide spectrum of fans.Secure performances with some funky moves thrown in for good measure and weak battles between the instrumentalists.The cheesy keyboards are a negative factor as well.The CD reissue by Cream contains two bonus tracks from the live performance of Uzeb in Bracknell in 1981 and these pieces show signs of a potential development with a deeper rhythm section and an even more adventurous guitar playing with the long ''Tribecca'' being a great Fusion cut with very technical playing and some excellent piano and bass parts.

Not sure if this one has moved along with the strands of time.It has a typical, slightly annoying 80's production, while the performances seem to be accurate but not very competitive.Propably good only for dedicated fans of Jazz/Fusion....2.5 stars.

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 Best of Uzeb by UZEB album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1999
3.96 | 4 ratings

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Uzeb Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Gooner
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4 stars Top notch fusion band out of Canada. Known throughout Canada, but very popular in their home province of Quebec. Also, very well known in European jazz circles(Didier Lockwood - electric violin, worked with them on a live album). This is as good place as any for an introduction to the wonderful jazz rock fusion of UZEB. Features 3 tracks from the album _Uzeb Club_, 5 tracks from _Noisy Nights_(my presonal favourite of theirs), 3 tracks from _Fast Emotion_ and 1 live track from _Live A L'Olympia/Live In Europe_(60 Rues Des Lombards...which was their big jazz rock hit Quebec). Points of reference would be Allan Holdsworth, '80s-era Jean-Luc Ponty, Bill Bruford solo, Pat Metheny, Tribal Tech and Buffalo NY's Gamalon. Michael Brecker appears on saxophone on one track. Recommended for jazz rock fusion heads. Bass players must check out Alain Caron.

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 Fast Emotions by UZEB album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.33 | 8 ratings

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Fast Emotions
Uzeb Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
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2 stars Not really progressive,UZEB were a band from Quebec,formed in 1976 in Drummondville.They moved to Montreal and through most part of their career they worked as a guitar/bass/drums trio with the occasional addition of a keyboard player.''Fast emotion'',released in 1983,shows a band,who wants to offer straight and pleasant jazz/fusion rock.The album is dominated by the groovy bass lines of Alain Caron,the extended guitar solos and the heavy use of synth guitar by Michel Cusson and the somewhat supported role of drummer Paul Brochu.Reminds me sometimes of some accesible moments of JEAN-LUC PONTY.The band is also accompanied by a sax player in a couple of moments,but this time the use of the sax fits more in some ballad-style tracks and actually it sounds quite cheesy.This work didn't impress me much.Not overly complex,atmospheric or groundbreaking,UZEB's ''Fast emotion'' will impress few of the progressive rock fans.IMHO,a work to be possibly appreciated only by jazz rock followers...2 stars

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 World Tour 90 by UZEB album cover Live, 1990
4.31 | 8 ratings

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World Tour 90
Uzeb Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by EvilGnome

4 stars This is a solid collection of live performances. The musicianship here is top notch and the choice of compositions is very good. Plenty of room is given to each of the players to showcase their talents without it becoming a self-indulgent noodling-fest.

My only complaint is that, as a double album, this is a bit too long. Culled down to a single disc, this would have been a little more captivating. Their compositions tend to sound a little too similar to each other after a while and their jamming can drag on a little too long in parts.

Then again, if that's your thing, you'll love this album.

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 Noisy Nights by UZEB album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.81 | 14 ratings

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Noisy Nights
Uzeb Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by EvilGnome

4 stars This is a very accessible Jazz Rock set by a talented set of musicians. Alain Caron may be one of the most underappreciated bassists out there. His groovy bass lines are always interesting and he creates some very tasty leads. Michel Cusson's fretwork is always impressive, especially when jumping through chords and Paul Brochu never drops a beat.

Although some tracks like "Noisy Nights" and "Spider" sound a little dated, it is still a pleasant album. The standout track on this album is "Luna Mars". The beautiful lyricism of Caron's fretless bass is worth the price of admission alone. Other highlights include "New Hit", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and "I believe it".

I would consider this an excellent addition to any prog collection and an essential addition for any Jazz Rock fans or anyone who loves a great bass player.

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 Uzeb Club by UZEB album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.84 | 14 ratings

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Uzeb Club
Uzeb Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by lafont59

4 stars Probably about 15 years, i owned this album, 15 years that i am listening to it, without ever thinking or feeling tired of it. This live album is a tremendous piece of work, and you will hear instantly the great qualities of these musicians. Caron , Brochu and Cusson are part of the best that have been done in the complex world of Jazz-Fusion and this album is part of it becauseit is extremely good. EnjoY!!!!!!!!

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 Uzeb - Live in Bracknell by UZEB album cover Live, 1981
3.80 | 11 ratings

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Uzeb - Live in Bracknell
Uzeb Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by greenback
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This is really an excellent music from UZEB! WOW! This LIVE record is shown as being their first album! Alain Caron's RESTLESS bass is VERY comparable to Jaco Pastorius's or Jeff Berlin's one: as you notice his huge talent on this record, you automatically understand why he was considered as one of the best bassists in the world!! Some parts sound a bit like Weather Report. Some keyboards are very rhythmic and urban, and they often sound like trumpet arrangements; the other ones are more vintage, like the numerous electric piano parts on "Tribecca", or like the rhythmic clavinet fully interlocking with Caron's complex bass on "Le waiter rapporte": IMPRESSIVE! Caron's bass on "Tribecca" may sound like a huge thin piece of flexible aluminum that you shake! The intensely floating, relaxing and romantic "Ballade Bleue" has Fender Rhodes parts amazingly sounding like the ones from the band "Solution"; it has visceral electric guitar solos which seem to never end. Before the last track, Alain Caron presents the musicians to the crowd: that's absolutely funny, charming and ...VERY QUEBECKER! The last track has an impressive bass solo. The very small crowd VERY favorably responds: just listen to the overwhelming reaction of some people at the end of "Bull's Nostril Blues".

Rating: 4.5 stars

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 You Be Easy by UZEB album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.02 | 9 ratings

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Uzeb Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by greenback
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4 stars UZEB is a fusion band coming from Quebec. They sound very modern, fresh, rhythmic & urban. The rhythmic keyboards are very "Dave Stewart of the 80's" influenced: "You be easy" has slightly the style and the sound of the Bill Bruford's "Gradually Going Tornado" album. Alain Caron often plays a very good fretless bass, like on "Miles away", but he is often far below his usual heroic performance level; he sometimes uses a popping technique. The drums are very good. UZEB's performance here is however a bit disappointing: indeed, they really have only one excellent, fast, loaded & complex track on this record: "Pork Chops", which really shows their true potential. "Hit it" has the Jean Luc Ponty's style of the 80's, especially the keyboards arrangements. The mellow "Entre ciel et terre" sounds like some Terje Rypdal's music, especially the electric guitars. "Hanging out" has quite the Pat Metheny's sound and style of the 80's, especially the electric guitar. This record is very good; however, UZEB made better albums than this one.

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 World Tour 90 by UZEB album cover Live, 1990
4.31 | 8 ratings

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World Tour 90
Uzeb Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by andythompson01

5 stars A milestone, ground breaking use of technology combined with all the daftness you would expect of a band Chick Corea tried (in vain) to emulate...

It's live - there are three of them... Virtuosity, wit, charm, sensitivity, outrageousness, subtelty, pompostity and strutting. Something that challenged the way I aproached my playing when I first heard it... (I wanted to be a plumber instead!!!)

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 Uzeb Club by UZEB album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.84 | 14 ratings

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Uzeb Club
Uzeb Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by camera_eye

4 stars UZEB CLUB is an album that has the best of both worlds. The energy of a live concert, the perfection of a studio album... why? Because IT WAS recorded LIVE!

For 7 nights, this passionnate band lit up an old bar in Montreal, QC and selected the best of each pieces. Wanting to give their fans as much as they could, they gave the public the opportunity the select the Titles of each songs.

A great album that will grow on you.

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