Alex Lefaivre YUL reviewed by Jazz Weekly

Alex Lefaivre Quartet: YUL

Canadian bassist Alex Lefaivre creates a series of impressionistic landscapes with his pastel-toned team of Erik Hove/as, Nicolas Ferron/g and Mark Nelson/dr. Lefaivre’s pen is as subtle as his bass, creating reflective material for Hove’s fluffy alto to float like a cirrus cloud during gentle material such as “Nostalgia” the reflective “The Righteous” and contemplative title track. The team shows muscle as Lefaivre’s bass line digs a trench on the mechanically pulsed “The Juggernaut” while he leads the tender dance for Ferron’s guitar on “Cascade.” Nelson’s brushes are dainty on the subdued “Halloween” with the overall mood being as reflective as a stroll in Givenchy Gardens.

Alex Lefaivre Quartet: YUL