Jean-Michel Pilc embraces spontaneity on first live album

Multi-faceted pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc embraces spontaneity in his first live album Alive – Live at Dièse Onze, Montréal.

In the Montreal-based artist’s first release with Justin Time Records, the live recording features drummer Rémi-Jean LeBlanc and bassist Jim Doxas as they join Pilc onstage for an energetic set, testing the limits of the trio’s vast improvisational abilities.

“Since a while ago, all my concerts are totally improvised — no set list, nothing prepared, just let the music lead the way,” Pilc says. “I come on stage as a newborn, ready for a new life, a new journey, a new experience every time. My bandmates are part of that experience as much as I am myself, every note they play becomes part of this life we are living together on the stage.”

The concert was recorded in June of 2021, marking the trio’s first performance since the beginning of the pandemic. It features two of Pilc’s original compositions along with reinterpretations of iconic songs including Miles Davis’s Nardis and All Blue, the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby and John Coltrane’s Mr. P.C.

Here’s the track listing:

  1. Freedom Jazz Dance
  2. Eleanor Rigby
  3. My Funny Valentine
  4. All the Things You Are
  5. Someday My Prince Will Come
  6. My Romance
  7. Mr. P.C.

Pilc has distinguished himself as one of the most highly respected pianists and composers of the past 25 years through his work in musical directorship for Harry Belafonte, scores for various films, more than a dozen albums as a leader and almost as many as a co-leader.

Jean-Michel Pilc’s Alive – Live at Dièse Onze, Montréal is out March 25, 2022 via Justin Time.