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Montr​é​al encore

by Christopher Mark Jones and Bernard Pozier

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about

Christopher and Bernard met during the Quebec Festival in Pittsburgh in 2007, when three Quebec poets came to the city for several days and Christopher did the hosting. When it turned out that Christopher’s customary summer rental in Montreal was around the corner from Bernard’s place, the two made a tradition of meeting for a meal, exchanging their latest creative productions (books of poetry and albums) and catching up. Along the way they collaborated on one song (Hockey éternité) and in 2019 determined that a full-length recording project was a possibility. The resulting album, Montréal encore, includes six songs with Bernard’s lyrics put to music by Christopher, two lyric co-writes, three French songs previously written by Christopher , and a poem recorded by Bernard. (See credits below for details.) The title itself echoes both Christopher’s song Montreal Again and Bernard’s poem Montréal encore, and evokes a city that seems to be in constant renaissance for them both.

credits

released December 1, 2022

Christopher Mark Jones - musique, paroles (2,4,6,8,10,11) guitare acoustique, piano (9), réalisation, ingénierie
Bernard Pozier – paroles (1,2,3,5,7,8,9,12)
Jeffrey Jones - arrangement de cordes (3,5,9)
Jeff Berman - batterie & percussions (1,2,4,6,7)
Jim Spears – basse (1,2,4,6,7,11)
Noah Zacharin - guitare acoustique (3,5,7,12)
Skip Sanders – piano (1), accordéon (4,7,8,10)
Brad Yoder - saxophone ténor (1), harmonies vocales (3,4,7,8)
Kathleen Andrews – violon (3,5,9)
Regina Ketter - violon alto (3,5,9)
Nicole Myers – violoncelle (3,5,9)
Dave Gillespie - guitare acoustique (6,11), guitare électrique (4), mandoline (6), harmonie vocale (11)
Emily Pinkerton – harmonies vocales (2,3)
Sue Powers – banjo (1,7)
Bev Futrell – mandoline (11)
Karen Jones – violon (6,11), harmonie vocale (11)
Mark Perna – violon basse (10)
Mark Weakland – batterie (11)
Credits photo : portrait CMJ/BP – Linda Benedict-Jones; pochette intérieure – CMJ

Nous remercions un destin qui nous permet de célébrer une longue amitié personnelle avec ce tribut en chansons à une ville et ses habitants. Et encore et toujours Ana Cristina Zúñiga et Linda Benedict-Jones

We are grateful to the fates that allow us to celebrate a long personal friendship with this tribute in song to a city and its inhabitants. And also and always Ana Cristina Zúñiga et Linda Benedict-Jones.

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Christopher Mark Jones Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

CMJ sings soulful country and blues-inflected Americana narratives
in “a rich voice that’s slightly rough around the edges” (Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), but still grabs the listener along with his “fascinating lyrics” (Melody Maker, UK) Listeners hear echoes of “Greg Brown's pacing and a Lyle Lovett attitude” (Ben Shannon), as well as of John Prine, Bruce Coburn and Darrell Scott. ... more

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