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CONDUIT producers Randy Cole and Al McLean talk about Azar Lawrence's work with McCoy Tyner, and how Lawrence had to fill the shoes of John Coltrane... as they put it, "the biggest shoes in Jazz".
Created in Montreal's storied Jazz community, 'CONDUIT' captures two giants of the saxophone in a mesmerizing recording and film. American saxophone legend Azar Lawrence (McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Woody Shaw, Miles Davis) joins Canadian phenom Al McLean on a session set in a strikingly beautiful Montreal museum, Le Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec (The Museum of Masters and Artisans of Quebec).
The session was essentially a 'live from the floor' recording, with most of the songs captured in a single, uninterrupted take. "I don't know if I would do a recording like this again in one day", says producer Randy Cole, "it was a bit risky, but by the midpoint of the session, the music was flowing like a river. Those of us who were present... we were speechless".
The session took place during the opening hours of the museum, which houses a collection of artisanal artifacts from all walks of life and art. In a sense, the recording became a piece of performance art, with the ensemble creating a living tableau of mastery.
The result is magic. 'CONDUIT' is iconic, and remains true to the most classic of Jazz recordings. Perhaps it is because this session revolves around the theme of spirituality, that the music has such a penetrating, powerful drive. This session stands alongside other great Canadian offerings of recent years, and hopefully is not the last by McLean & Lawrence. Truly worth a listen.
Al McLean & Azar Lawrence - Saxophones
Andre White - Drums
Adrian Vedady - Bass
Sean Fyfe - Piano
A film by Randy Cole
2nd camera operator - Joshua Hansen
3rd camera operator - David Cape
Produced by Randy Cole & Al McLean