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  1. Ocean Of Trees Alain Caron 1:53
  2. Double Trouble Alain Caron 9:01
  3. Signal Alain Caron 6:55
  4. Ink Illusion Alain Caron 6:28
  5. Show Of Hands Alain Caron 8:10
  6. No Left Turn On Tuesday Alain Caron 8:17
  7. Turkey Loose On The Kit Alain Caron 8:17
  8. Solitude Alain Caron 7:05
  9. Black Paws Alain Caron 8:43
  • EtiquetteCream Records
  • GenreJazz Funk/Soul
  • Release Date2003
  • Total Lenght1:02:00
OCEAN OF TREES
fretless bass: Alain Caron
V-bass programming: Alain Caron
percussions: Aldo Mazza
composer: Alain Caron
arranger: Alain Caron
producer: Alain Caron
executive producer: Les Productions Alain Caron inc.
sound engineer: Yves Daniel
sound engineer: André Caron
sound engineer: Alain Caron
mixer: Alain Caron
mixer: Guy Touville
recorded at: Studio 5 in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
DOUBLE AGENT
fretless bass: Alain Caron
V-bass programming: Alain Caron
drums: Johnny Rabb
drum loops: Alain Caron
drum loops: Daniel Thouin
percussions: Aldo Mazza
mallet-kat: Jean St. Jacques
keyboard: Alain Caron
keyboard: Daniel Thouin
alto saxophone: Francois D’Amours
tenor saxophone: Francois D’Amours
tenor saxophone solo: Bob Franceschini
composer: Alain Caron
arranger: Alain Caron
producer: Alain Caron
executive producer: Les Productions Alain Caron inc.
sound engineer: Yves Daniel
sound engineer: André Caron
sound engineer: Alain Caron
mixer: Alain Caron
mixer: Guy Touville
recorded at: Studio 5 in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
SIGNAL
fretless bass: Alain Caron
V-bass programming: Alain Caron
drums: Tony Albino
drum loops: Alain Caron
trumpet: Maxime St-Pierre
mallet-kat solo: Jean St. Jacques
keyboard: Daniel Thouin
keyboard sequences: Daniel Thouin
guitar: Jocelyn Tellier
tenor saxophone: Francois D’Amours
composer: Alain Caron
arranger: Alain Caron
producer: Alain Caron
executive producer: Les Productions Alain Caron inc.
sound engineer: Yves Daniel
sound engineer: André Caron
sound engineer: Alain Caron
mixer: Alain Caron
mixer: Guy Touville
recorded at: Studio 5 in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
INK ILLUSION
fretless bass: Alain Caron
V-bass programming: Alain Caron
drums: Johnny Rabb
drum loops: Alain Caron
mallet-kat: Jean St. Jacques
keyboard: Jean St. Jacques
soprano saxophone: Francois D’Amours
composer: Alain Caron
arranger: Alain Caron
producer: Alain Caron
executive producer: Les Productions Alain Caron inc.
sound engineer: Yves Daniel
sound engineer: André Caron
sound engineer: Alain Caron
mixer: Alain Caron
mixer: Guy Touville
recorded at: Studio 5 in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
SHOW OF HANDS
fretless bass: Alain Caron
upright bass: Alain Caron
V-bass programming: Alain Caron
drums: Johnny Rabb
drum loops: Alain Caron
drum loops: Daniel Thouin
electronic percussions: Jerome Minière
effects programming: Jerome Minière
fluegelhorn: Maxime St-Pierre
keyboard: Jean St. Jacques
keyboard: Alain Caron
composer: Alain Caron
arranger: Alain Caron
producer: Alain Caron
executive producer: Les Productions Alain Caron inc.
sound engineer: Yves Daniel
sound engineer: André Caron
sound engineer: Alain Caron
mixer: Alain Caron
mixer: Guy Touville
recorded at: Studio 5 in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
NO LEFT TURN ON TUESDAY
fretless bass: Alain Caron
V-bass programming: Alain Caron
drums: Tony Albino
drum loops: Alain Caron
mallet kat solo: Jean St. Jacques
keyboard: Jean St. Jacques
keyboards: Daniel Thouin
keyboards sequences: Daniel Thouin
composer: Alain Caron
arranger: Alain Caron
producer: Alain Caron
executive producer: Les Productions Alain Caron inc.
sound engineer: Yves Daniel
sound engineer: André Caron
sound engineer: Alain Caron
mixer: Alain Caron
mixer: Guy Touville
recorded at: Studio 5 in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
TURKEY LOOSE ON THE KIT
fretted bass: Alain Caron
V-bass programming: Alain Caron
drums: Johnny Rabb
drum loops: Alain Caron
drum loops: Tony Albino
djembè: Aldo Mazza
keyboards: Daniel Thouin
keyboards: Alain Caron
guitar: Donald Meunier
trumpet: Maxime St-Pierre
tenor saxophone: Francois D’Amours
composer: Alain Caron
arranger: Alain Caron
producer: Alain Caron
executive producer: Les Productions Alain Caron inc.
sound engineer: Yves Daniel
sound engineer: André Caron
sound engineer: Alain Caron
mixer: Alain Caron
mixer: Guy Touville
recorded at: Studio 5 in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
SOLITUDE
fretless bass: Alain Caron
V-bass programming: Alain Caron
drum loops: Alain Caron
percussions: Luc Boivin
electronic percussions: Jerome Minière
effects programming: Jerome Minière
mallet kat solo: Jean St. Jacques
keyboards: Jean St. Jacques
composer: Alain Caron
arranger: Alain Caron
producer: Alain Caron
executive producer: Les Productions Alain Caron inc.
sound engineer: Yves Daniel
sound engineer: André Caron
sound engineer: Alain Caron
mixer: Alain Caron
mixer: Guy Touville
recorded at: Studio 5 in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
BLACK PAWS
upright bass: Alain Caron
V-bass programming: Alain Caron
drum: Johnny Rabb
percussions: Aldo Mazza
tenor saxophone: Francois D’Amours
keyboards: Alex McMahon
composer: Alain Caron
arranger: Alain Caron
producer: Alain Caron
executive producer: Les Productions Alain Caron inc.
sound engineer: Yves Daniel
sound engineer: André Caron
sound engineer: Alain Caron
mixer: Alain Caron
mixer: Guy Touville
recorded at: Studio 5 in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada

It’s been a while-over three years in fact-since his last CD. To say it was worth the wait would be putting it lightly, however, because Alain Caron’s world has not simply changed, it has been transformed. The bassist’s playing is of course as masterful as ever, but with this recording he also reveals a new sensitivity as a composer. As a result, “5” is-as Caron himself declares-by far his most solid work to date. Now you get a chance to listen…

From the outset, the change in style is striking. The atmosphere is reflective, with powerful imagery created not by a virtuosic flurry of notes but by a more impressionistic musical pallet; indeed, one might almost say the band is in economy mode. Caron paints an extraordinary series of tableaux by creating a myriad of subtle yet remarkable ambiances. “The more I play music, the more I realize that it has to unleash emotion,” says Caron. “Bach, Beethoven, John Williams, they all do that, and that’s what I focused on with “5”. It’s a CD with a lot of atmosphere.” Nor is it always a party atmosphere. Some of the moods he creates are enveloped with a deep melancholy, and others might have been inspired by a November day in Quebec. In this sense, “Show of Hands” is probably the most representative example of Alain Caron’s new maturity as a composer. Caron admits to being a somewhat melancholy person: “I’ve been to many countries during my career,” he explains, “so when I watch the news on TV and see what’s happening in the world, I find it troubling. The events of the last two years, which is when I wrote these pieces, have affected me a great deal. I’m thinking a lot about my life, so it’s bound to affect my music. It may seem sad at times, but I think there’s also a certain sense of hope…”

Diehard fans can rest assured that the “new” Alain Caron still holds dear the standards of quality that have made him one of the best on his instrument. As both artist and architect, Caron has constructed solid rhythmical foundations on which his soloists can “dance” with complete confidence-and François D’Amour (sax), Jean-St-Jacques, Daniel Thouin and Aldo Mazza get funky, groovy and even a bit wild to their hearts’ content. Also vital was the contribution of Jérome Minière, who helped Caron find new sonic pathways.

In creating “5”, Alain Caron, an almost manic perfectionist, inhabited his home-based studio for two years. Two years of building and tearing down, of trials and experiments, both alone and with the band, before he finally found the right balance between sampling and live musicians, between performance and pure emotion, between traditional jazz writing and urban music. The band frequently found itself in the studio, enthusiastically engaged in energetic jam sessions; so while a lot of effort went into producing the recording, it doesn’t lack spontaneity. Alain Caron certainly has not lost his touch; he’s as virtuosic, technically magical, and passionate about instrumental music as ever. But Caron is less well known for his emotional side, which-as “5” so convincingly demonstrates-transcends his music and endows it with a previously unsuspected depth and personality. Who knows where this explorer will take us next.