Live au el Casino
01. Prélude en mi mineur
03. Légende du Mont-Rouge
05. Blues d'hiver
07. Vers l'infini
Neil Chotem: piano, synthesizer
Serge Fiori: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
Monique Fauteux: synthesizer, fender rhodes, mini moog, vocals
Libert Subirana: flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, vocals
Louis Valois: producer, electric bass, fretless bass, vocals
Denis Farmer: drums, percussion
Marie-Claire Séguin: vocals
Recorded live at the El Casino, Montreal, May 26 & 27 1979, except track 6 recorded at Studio Tempo, Montreal, October 1979.
Performed with most of the lineup from Harmonium's L'Heptade album.
Neil Chotem is best known by rock fans for his work arranging Harmonium's magnum opus « L'Heptade » in 1976. As a classically trained pianist a generation older than most rock musicians of the 1970's, his prolific career as a composer, arranger, conductor and teacher had already included numerous classical and jazz works by then. After Harmonium disbanded, Chotem released a solo album called « Vers L'Infini » in 1978, featuring himself on piano at home. In 1979, Chotem recorded a live album entitled « Live au El Casino », accompanied by most of the former members of Harmonium . Aside from a few classical piano solos, most of the other tracks performed were co-written by Serge Fiori. The result is a beautiful mellow symphonic gem, very much in the vein of where Harmonium left off prior to Fiori calling it quits. The highlight is the 12 minute live version of the title track from Chotem's previous LP. With Fiori, co-singer Monique Fauteux and guest vocalist Marie Claire Seguin still at the top of their game, Louis Valois manning a fretless bass, Libert Subirana on horns, and Denis Farmer on drums, this record helps quench Harmonium fans' unfulfilled thirst, but will leave them hungry for even more.
Gentle, intimate and very cohesive. This piece of art deserves more attention. A top secret!