Alain Caron

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Canadian bassist Alain Caron’s musical career began at the early age of 11 and he soon discovered the music which would become his life’s passion – jazz. In the early 70s he moved to Montreal and started doing extensive studio work and played in every jazz club around town. The self-taught musician took correspondence courses, and eventually , journeyed south to attend Berkley College of Music. While in Boston, he was quickly introduced to some outstanding young musicians, co-students, as well as, seasoned well established professional jazzman. Soon performing nightly, in the Boston area, with David Kikovsky, Tom Harrell, Sal Nestico, Frank Tiberi, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, to name a few.

Opportunity knocked in 1977 when he met the Michel Cusson Group. Caron found himself in the company of like-minded musicians – who could appreciate jazz and its origins, as well as looking ahead to the future. They emerged in the early 1980s with Quebec fusion group UZEB. Gradually the group evolved into a mature outfit, interested in intelligent fusion-impressive but always musical. By the time Noisy Night (Avant Garde, Nova Record in USA, 1988) and the outstanding swan song, World Tour ‘90 (Cream Record, 1990) was released, it was clear UZEB had achieved great stature and respect amongst it’s piers. Recognised by Down Beat magazine as one of the best electric jazz bands of the decade, the group received nine Felix Awards – Best Jazz Album (1983-84-86-87-90-91), Best Group (1984-89), and Most Recognised Artist Abroad (1990), a Gemini Award For Best Original Score (1989), a SOCAN Award, and the Oscar Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award (1991)

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