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Canadian bassist Alain CARON was already building his chops is cover bands when, at age 14 he discovered his passion for jazz. In 1977, he met guitarist Michel CUSSON, and became a fixture in the progressive fusion band UZEB. It was during this time that CARON, up to this point completely self-taught, was accepted to Boston's Berklee College of Music.

During his time at Berklee, CARON hooked up with many of Boston's top jazz musicians, and performed extensively with artists like Jerry BERGONZI and Bob MOSES, to name just a few.

After Berklee, CARON focused on UZEB again for a time befor, in 1993, starting his own solo career, which has led to tours with many luminaries, including Mike Stern, Frank GAMBALE, Bireli LAGRENE, Didier LOCKWOOD, Tiger OKOSHI, Billy COBHAM and more.

CARON continues to perform and record to this day, as well as teach bass to musicians around the world.

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Basse Contre Basse (with Michel Donato)
4.40 | 5 ratings
Le Band
4.05 | 3 ratings
Rhythm 'n Jazz
0.00 | 0 ratings
Caron - Ecay - Lockwood
4.67 | 3 ratings
4.00 | 2 ratings
Call Me Al!
3.50 | 2 ratings
3.33 | 3 ratings
4.00 | 5 ratings
4.50 | 4 ratings
Multiple Faces

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Live: Cabaret De Montreal

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0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jazz-Rock Cuts

ALAIN CARON Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)


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 Rhythm 'n Jazz by CARON, ALAIN album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.05 | 3 ratings

Rhythm 'n Jazz
Alain Caron Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Canadian bassist extraordinaire ALAIN CARON (b. 1955) has released ten albums under his name since 1992 when his fusion trio UZEB, founded in 1976, was put aside. Sadly ProgArchives has only one review this far. Glad to help, even as a newcomer to his music. Rhythm'n Jazz is Caron's third solo album. Nine out of ten compositions on this 66-minute album are by Caron; 'Donna Lee' written by Charlie Parker serves as a tribute to Jaco Pastorius.

The overall sound is virtuotic, lively, energetic and meaty, due to a large ensemble (keys, guitars, trumpet, percussion, drums), and Caron's bass is very much upfront. So if you're fond of the instrument and jazz/fusion emphasizing its role, you certainly can't go very wrong with Alain Caron. Now some words on chosen pieces.

'The Bump' is a nice upbeat opener with a happy, laid back feeling. With all the shiny solos, this music would be cool to experience live in a warm summer breeze. 'Fat Cat' indeed has a cat-like coolness. For the rather restricted melodies it's mostly sort of a dialogue between trumpet/cornet and keyboards, leaving plenty of room for bass soloing. 'Little Miss Match' -- with a witty wordplay on the title -- is in a relatively calm tempo. Sounds like the main melody is played by saxophone (not mentioned in the album info here), but again it's the bass solo that steals the show. But boy it really sounds good! Only on some Pekka Pohjola compositions I remember being equally impressed by the instrument.

'I.C.U.' has a happy groove typical for this entire album. While most of the tracks are approximately 6-7 minutes long, the funky 'Cherokee Drive' stretches to 8, despite being perhaps among the least interesting ones as a composition. On 'Flight of the Bebop Bee' the nicest solo is for an electric guitar which could have had a bigger status on the album, as well as keyboards. 'Donna Lee' is the most electrified and the most bass-centred piece. Virtuosity as a pure self- indulgence. I'm glad that the closing piece 'Intuitions' is beautifully serene, melancholic and introspective (mostly just piano and bass), because the album whole leans heavily on the outgoing funkiness and remains rather mediocre when it comes to songwriting itself. But perhaps because of the great closing piece I'm generous enough to round my 3 stars upwards.

 Sep7entrion by CARON, ALAIN album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.00 | 5 ratings

Alain Caron Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by darkshade
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Another great modern fusion recording. I'm telling you, the last few years have seen some of the best jazz-fusion albums this side of the 1970s. This album "Sep7entrion" (the "7" is stands for a "T") has everything you want. Rock-heavy riffs, fantastic thick bass lines, tight drums, odd-time rhythms, funky grooves, and some great melody lines that remind me of Return To Forever, Chick Corea Elektric Band, (no wonder, as Frank Gambale is on this album), Jaco Pastorius' self titled, and Brand X. Alain Caron is one of the most technically proficient jazz bassist around, up there with the likes of Victor Wooten.

What makes this stand out from other modern fusion albums is the great compositional talent from Caron. The music progresses, and goes through an array of moods. I never heard of Damien Schmitt before, but he is so in the pocket behind the drum kit, that I sometimes think he's the star of the show. Very talented musician.

The grooves on this album are what make me keep coming back to this album. All the technical proficiency from everyone involved is great and all, but they really know how to make your body move. This a fusion album I recommend anyone into the genre to check out. You won't be disappointed. This would be a 5 star album if not for the fact that the energy level drops a bit on the last 2 tracks, but otherwise, this is a fantastic album.

Thanks to evolver for the artist addition.

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