PAN M 360 / TOP 100 : Hugo Blouin – Sport national

· par Réjean Beaucage

Over the past few weeks, our most active record reviewers have had the task of choosing their 5 favorite recordings of 2023, and here they are. This selection is unique and quite different of all you can find on the web or through traditional medias.

It is in the path opened by René Lussier in “Le Trésor de la langue” that double bassist and composer Hugo Blouin embarked in 2018 with a project that is astonishing to say the least: “Charbonneau or values in a good place”. He then used transplants from the archives of the Charbonneau Commission, a parade of amnesiacs whose testimonies, aided by editing, become veritable Dada poems. The first volume of the work received the Lucien “Jazz Album of the Year” at the Gala Alternatif de la Musique Indépendante du Québec (GAMIQ, 2018) and the Opus “Jazz Concert of the Year” at the awards ceremony from the Conseil québécois de la musique in 2019. Hugo Blouin does it again with Sport national, which, as its title clearly indicates, is dedicated to documenting the fascinating world of hockey, “from Maurice Richard to Marie-Philip Poulin”. It’s funny, virtuoso and it pays a beautiful tribute to Lussier’s pioneering work.

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