Montréal’s BUSTY AND THE BASS Share Live Avant Experimental Improvised Performances

By Frank Bell

We’ve been fans of Canadian-American 8-piece soul-jazz collective, Busty and the Bass for a while now, and loved their album Eddie which came out last summer.  Last month they performed a series of entirely improvisational live streams which they’ve now made available online for all. 

The vibrant videos were recorded in Montréal, showcasing the ensemble’s roots in avant experimental jazz dating back to their conception in McGill University’s acclaimed jazz program. The videos show how hugely talented these guys are and right now with no live shows happening, this is the perfect treat for those craving the thrill of live performance:

The album Eddie was released in summer 2020 via Arts & Crafts. The 12 tracks set nostalgic and vulnerable lyrical ruminations against a soundscape of simmering soul, spirited rock, hypnotic hip-hop, perennial psychedelic funk and artful R&B. Produced by Neal Pogue (Tyler The Creator, Anderson Paak) and executive produced by Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White, it features legendary collaborators George Clinton, Macy Gray, Illa J and Jon Connor. The octet consists of Nick Ferraro [vocals, alto sax], Evan Crofton a.k.a. Alistair Blu [vocals, keys, synths], Scott Bevins [trumpet], Chris Vincent [trombone], Louis Stein [guitar], Milo Johnson [bass], Eric Haynes [keys, piano], and Julian Trivers [drums].

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