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Jazz Rock/Fusion • Canada


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MANEIGE is probably the Quebec band that epitomizes best the Quebec Prog boom from 74 to 79. Their music are probably one of the best example of what Fusion music can be by blending in classical and folk elements together with jazz tones the whole thing having a very progressive rock ideal and could also fit the chamber rock style. Their style can only be really compared to other Quebecois group as SLOCHE and OPUS-5.

They first got noticed by local music scene and press after repeatedly blowing off stage EKSEPTION on a local tour and were offered a recording contract by Harvest. The early albums were strongly directed by Jerome Langlois and Alain Bergeron using much of classical influences. The album best showing their early style is "Les Porches" is flawless and simply astounding in creativity for the times. However, due to musical directions difference Langlois will leave after this album and the music will become more jazz-tinged as Lapierre and Schetagne will take more musical composing roles. Their music will become gradually more percussive as each new album is released. After the live "Composite", the music will veer off in a more conventional jazz-rock style.

I simply cannot recommend more highly a much forgotten band that would deserve a better fate. All albums should not be that hard to find in vinyl as only three of them ever got released on CD. Please... pretty please (with sugar on it), look out for this band and I think almost no-one will regret it.

: : : Hugues Chantraine, BELGIUM : : :

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PorchesPorches
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Progquebec 2007
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Porches Live by Maneige (2006-10-31)Porches Live by Maneige (2006-10-31)
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Porches by Maneige (2007-10-23)Porches by Maneige (2007-10-23)
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4.12 | 116 ratings
Maneige
1975
4.27 | 220 ratings
Les Porches
1975
4.06 | 118 ratings
Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle
1977
4.01 | 65 ratings
Libre Service - Self Service
1978
3.54 | 27 ratings
Montréal, 6AM
1980
2.27 | 20 ratings
Images
1983

MANEIGE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.02 | 13 ratings
Composite
1979
3.96 | 7 ratings
Live Montréal 1974/1975
1998
4.12 | 22 ratings
Live À L'Évêché (1975)
2005
4.00 | 16 ratings
Les Porches Live
2006

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 Maneige by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.12 | 116 ratings

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Maneige
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

5 stars MANEIGE were one of the numerous progressive bands from Quebec province of Canada in the 70s but rose above the pack by having one of the longest runs and providing an astonishing consistency in quality from album to album. The band was formed in 1972 by keyboardist Jérôme Langlois and flautist / sax player Alain Bergeron after the dissolution of another band called Lasting Weep and started as a duo who immediately began working on the first track on this album called "Le Rafiot" which is a 21 minute 22 second prog behemoth with a ridiculous amount of developing styles and genre fusions. As experiment after experiment ensued the band grew to the six members that appear on their eponymous debut release, the first of the year 1975 with no less than two percussionists who dish out everything from the expected rock drum rolls to xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel, bongos and even Mike Oldfield's favorites, tubular bells! Like all their albums the debut is also entirely an instrumental experience.

The first you hear on the first MANEIGE album is something you wouldn't expect. No jazz-fusion at all, in fact "Le Rafiot" is the French word for a fishing vessel and this long lasting track is divided up into suites which depict in sonic form the tribulations of this small ship on the ocean. Overall the similarities is much like Camel's "Snowgoose" in not only classically inspired developments but in symphonic leanings which predominate over the jazzy touches at this point. As the track begins it sounds more like a bizarre impressionists world more akin to Stockhausen and lasts for a frightening four minutes before a classical piano breaks through the brume and adds a melodic path into a more recognizable form of symphonic prog that twists and turns through the many themes and dishing out some of the most pleasant flute led melodies accompanied by an army of instrumental accompaniments.

Throughout the album of four tracks which is really like an album of eight or more tracks due to the fact the first track is more akin to several tracks separately composed and stitched together, the moods shift dramatically from bleak and scary to ecstatically happy with bouncy keyboards and the ubiquitous Jethro Tull folk inspired flutes dominating the soundscapes. Some of the other claimed influences range from Zappa's "Hot Rats" era, The Nice, early Soft Machine and early Gentle Giant but more than any of those the classical composers rule the influence roost especially in the melodic piano department while the other instruments while not entire subordinate fall under the gravitational forces of the keyboards with flutes adding an extra force that tugs them back and forth between them.

MANEIGE managed to score a recording contract merely by the strength of their live performances of playing extremely strong and intricately complex symphonic prog with jazz and classical elements at every turn. Like most of the progressive releases from 70s Quebec this one as well as the rest of the MANEIGE canon have been remastered and released on CD by ProgQuebec with bonus tracks two of which are found tagged onto the end and are live tracks from their days before releasing albums. The track "Tèdetèdetèdet" is a catchy bouncy little number not found on any studio release and the name simulates the rhythm of the flute which is extra fiery on this particular track. MANEIGE would gradually simplify their music into more digestible chunks but personally i find their debut to the be most satisfying experience of their stamp on symphonic prog / jazz / classical fusion. A perfect album in every way.

 Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.06 | 118 ratings

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Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Progfan97402

3 stars Well, better late than never for Maneige, as far as I'm concerned. The great thing I like about Quebecois prog is many original LPs from many acts are not going for ridiculous prices the way Italian prog goes for. So I can get a nice little collection and not have it break my bank account, even if I do live in the States and usually have to pay extra for S&H to get them shipped from Canada. At least I got my first Maneige LP from a dealer in South Dakota (via Discogs), of all places. Maneige LPs, for the most part are pretty inexpensive (unless you want to seek out the "removed from the market as fast it was released" original cover of Libre Service, the one with the cartoonish gas pumps billowing smoke). Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle was their first album on Polydor, after two albums from 1975 on Harvest. Apparently the group had a lineup change so it also affected the change in the band's sound. The group now focused on shorter songs, but a lot of them are segued anyways. Aeon Music (defunct prog rock mail order catalog, now an eBay seller) described it as "Good progressive fusion that reminds of Gentle Giant at times". Given the highly percussive nature of the music, I can see where that catalog was coming from (and it's not likely a coincidence given GG's popularity in Quebec). The band moved away from the chamber approach of their first two albums for a more jazz rock/prog approach, with more emphasis on drums and electric instruments, including electric piano. There is a bit of quirkiness where the Gentle Giant comparison comes in, and more melodic moments to gets one thinking of the Catalan band Gotic and their 1978 album Escenes (but it's unlikely Gotic heard of Maneige, given how Quebecois prog bands were usually not known outside of Quebec, even the rest of Canada, never mind in a place like Spain). There's perhaps a bit of a reminder of Sloche as well, that probably wasn't as much of a coincidence, as that band was also from Quebec, and already released both their albums before 1977. There's also a bit of a reminder of Zappa's instrumental stuff (when the xylophones dominate) or even Pierre Moerlen's Gong (because they too had a heavily percussive approach). I do believe the album is a bit overrated, as there's a few insipid moments I could do without. Still, it's worth having, but didn't quite set my world on fire.
 Live À L'Évêché (1975) by MANEIGE album cover Live, 2005
4.12 | 22 ratings

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Live À L'Évêché (1975)
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Walkscore

4 stars This album is a complete gem. Most of it is recorded live at the club 'L'Eveche' in Montreal in November 1975, just a few months after "Les Porches" (their second album) was recorded, and before Jerome Langlois left. It contains a number of compositions never recorded in the studio. These include Langlois's very long epic "La Balloune", and Gilles Schetagne's "Bullfrog Dance", both of which were written for, but could not be included on, Les Porches. There is also the excellent "Les Epinettes", "Mambo Chant", and "1-2-3-4-5-6", wonderful music highly evocative of their first album. In many ways, this represents the missing Maneige album that should have followed Les Porches if only Jerome Langlois had not left. The sound quality is very good given the context (not excellent, but really good for a non-professional recording). Being a live recording, the performance is a bit more raw than in the studio, and there are a couple of wonky notes (in the guitar solos, an occasionally out of-tune-clarinet, couple of off-time drum fills, etc), but given this was never intended for release, it is actually quite remarkable, as the music is very complex. While all of the pieces here are great, the real treat is Langlois' 29-minute "La Balloune". This is similar in structure to "Le Rafiot" from the debut album, and "Les Porches de Notre-Dame" from their second album, largely based around themes played by piano and flute. Once again, a lot of emotive and playful themes, with some dark and dissonant passages, some light dances, some jazzy solos and improvs, even some "night in Berlin" la la vocals, and a lot of really amazing musical piano passages, all flowing together. Wonderful music! I think this may in fact be their best-ever composition. There are also two early pieces recorded and broadcast live at a Montreal radio station in January 1974, before their debut album. One is the long 'Le Rafiot' (which takes up the first side of their debut album) and the other is a short, but never-before released but really excellent (and a bit Canterbury-esque) "Manege" (not sure why the different spelling). While the sound quality is not as good on the live radio recording of "Le Rafiot" (cymbals are far too loud), these are still a very welcome bonus to a great live set. I actually find myself putting this album on more often than "Les Porches", which speaks to the very high quality of the music here. On the whole, I rate this 8.5 out of 10 on my 10-point scale (would have been even higher with better sound).
 Les Porches by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.27 | 220 ratings

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Les Porches
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Maneige's second album is by many considered their best, largely on the strength of the first side-long composition ('Les porches de Notre-Dame') and the short piece that begins side 2 ('La grosse torche'). I also like this album, but I myself like their debut album better. The first half of the title track here is similar in some ways to Le Rafiot from their first album, with a number of great emotive and playful themes played on flute and piano (but without the dissonant noises that begin Le Rafiot). However, instead of segueing effortlessly between sections, each of these are presented as separate pieces, with short spaces in between them (so, the long title track is actually made up of a series of shorter pieces. It works OK, but I have to admit I would have preferred more flow and continuity). As the title track continues, it adds more instrumentation, until the final 7 minutes which largely involve a guitar solo played over a chord progression that is (as another reviewer noted) not dissimilar to the end of Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven'. I really like the music on the title track, but the Stairway to Heaven part to my mind takes away from piece, partly because the guitar player is no virtuoso and so this part is not sufficiently special (unlike their first album, where every composition is unique). It is on the second side of the album that the more jazz-influenced and Canterbury styles that would grace their subsequent albums first make their appearance. (the short "La grosse torche" is more like the title track though, and probably the most formal-sounding piece in Maneige's discography). I actually quite like "Les Adventures de Saxinette et Clarophone" and "Chromo" - very original pieces, again changing a lot, but with some highly musical sections. However, I am not sure the longer one ('Adventures') hangs together that well as a single piece. Not quite as memorable, although on the whole better than many of the pieces on their later albums. On the whole, this is also recommended - not quite as much as their debut - but nonetheless a classic Canadian album. I give it 8.3 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.
 Maneige by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.12 | 116 ratings

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Maneige
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Maneige are unique, and a difficult band to classify. While there are definitely tinges of jazz and progressive rock (with many odd time signatures and angular composing, improvising, and the occasional distorted guitars and fuzz bass), the predominant ethos is of modern classical music coupled with references to traditional French classical and folk music. While the music is very diverse - from sections that sound almost medieval, to beautiful emotive Rachmaninoff-like runs, to others that involve extreme dissonance and white noises, and everything in between - the music all flows together very well. While their later albums would become ever-more influenced by mainstream jazz fusion and Canterbury stylings, this album has fewer references to those. On these earlier albums, flutes, pianos and xylophones are the primary lead instruments. This is my favourite album of theirs. The compositions are completely original, always changing-never boring, and very musical (revealed only once you listen to them a number of times - the music is quite dense, making it absolutely necessary to give this multiple listens). One can tell a lot of effort went into composing the pieces on this.

The first four minutes of the album (of the first composition - the 21-minute Le Rafiot) contain probably most dissonant sounds in Maneige's discography. But once you get through that, the main themes of Le Rafiot emerge on piano, flute and marimba, and these are very beautiful and emotive, followed by some sections that are very playful and memorable (although completely different music, some remind me of Tchaikovsky's themes from the Nutcracker). The piece constantly shifts, moving between contemplative broodyness, jazzy improvisations, fast dramatic piano lines, and playful or dramatic themes. The second side (of the original vinyl album) contains three shorter pieces (between 4-8 mins), with sonic textures one might be more accustomed (with the drums, electric bass and guitar more prominent, for instance) but otherwise similar intricate arrangements and intense musicality. The CD re-issue by ProgQuebec contains two bonus live tracks, one of which is otherwise unreleased and really excellent. All in all, highly recommended, a true original of Canadian music. I give this 8.9 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is just shy of the threshold for 5 stars, so 4 PA stars (really more like 4.5 stars).

 Images by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.27 | 20 ratings

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Images
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by PlacesofLight405

2 stars Three years following the release of "Montreal6AM" somebody in the Maneige camp thought it was a good idea for a once groundbreaking band to realease their swan song, "Images". This 33 minute excursion in soulless drivel does not do justice to the great music the band laid down from '74 to '80, from avant-jazz symphonic to priggish jazz rock. No, this one ended up sounding like the soundtrack to a bad movie. The second side has a bit of life to it and they freely lift riffs from Led Zeppelin, ZZ top, and Tom Petty. The only way I'd recommend this is if you like " library music" like the Guitar of John Renbourn or Soft Machine's Rubber Riff. I like both of those, and this still sounds bad to me.
 Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.06 | 118 ratings

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Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Nogger

5 stars Ni Vent...Ni Nouvelle (english translation "no wind no news") is a tremendously successful transition album, as the heavy chamber influences of the first two albums is replaced by far more concise song structures with progressive fusion tendencies. The start-stop dynamism is best represented by tunes like Les Folleries and Douce Amere . The latter tune exerts great Zappa influence and his rock and jazz perversions are mastered here, flung into the listener with far more whimsy than Frank's absurdities. This is top notch instrumental music that has withstood the test of time beautifully. Maneige has a few masterpieces of the progressive canon, but this is their last before they really start to play it straight.

+++++

 Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.06 | 118 ratings

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Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Kingsnake

5 stars This album by Maneige abandons the baroque and classical influences of their earlier work.

The band's musical direction is more towards uptempo fusion with funky tendencies. All songs are instrumental and have the same feel: lots of flute, piano, sax, vibes and guitar. Also loads of percussion, wich resembles Kraan a bit. Furthermore the album has some Canterbury (Caravan) and Gentle Giant-moments, but still manages to be unique, creative and suprising.

I love how the band uses no synthesizers or keyboards (except for the electronic piano) and that makes for a very organic sound. The rhythm section is tight, playful and never extracts from the music. The band without troubles manage to create soft atmospheric parts and more loud (rock) parts with dizzying solos on sax or guitar.

The only modern bands that can come close this wonderful music are Tangent and Flower Kings. But I'd still rather listen Maneige because of the warm production.

 Les Porches by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.27 | 220 ratings

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Les Porches
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

5 stars One of the true gems of the Quebec prog scene.

The centerpiece of this jazz-heavy, lightly classically-influenced, album is the lengthy opening track, "Les Porches De Notre Dame", which alone makes the album worth buying. Meandering at first, the song develops very gradually. But by several minutes in, it starts to sink in and the music begins to engage, wrap around and embrace you. At a certain point, it'll seem hard to believe that music can get any more beautiful. But sure enough, it does. After a brief French vocal, the suite erupts into a romantic powerhouse of a song, providing a stunning canvas for emotive, yet thoughtful, interplay by the group. Wow!

The songs that follow it up are not quite to the same standard, but are all still excellent tracks. One song that may go overlooked by most listeners is the brief "La Grosse Torche". While some may be quick to label it as an interlude or filler, it's hard not to love this song for how authentically Quebecois it is. I can't help but picture a vibrant palette of autumn leaves in the Laurentians giving way to an inviting fireside as December's first snow falls outside. Definitely a personal favourite.

Perhaps this album's sole flaw is the track order. I personally would have made "Les Porches" the closer, but the beauty of modern digital formats is that you have the liberty to pick and choose track listings, so I won't hold anything against Maneige for that. Everything considered, I would not hesitate to give this beautiful work of art a 5-star rating. A true masterpiece for lovers of romantic music.

 Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle by MANEIGE album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.06 | 118 ratings

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Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle
Maneige Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Getting into the Quebec prog scene, Maneige was an unavoidable band. I did try to circumvent them, but inevitably (or rather soon actually) I found them essential. The problem for me was that they were a jazz fusion band and that is not a style of music that takes up very much space in my collection at all. I listened to them on YouTube and wondered where I was going to be able to "land" my musical interests. At last, it seemed that "Ni vent... Ni nouvelle" had the most guitars ("Les Porches", which is considered a quintessential Canadian prog album in some circles, was too much jazz/classical fusion for my taste from what I heard) and seemed the best gateway for me to get into the band. I also really liked the gatefold type cover with a landscape theme not dissimilar to Yes' "Fragile" album artwork.

This was Maneige's third album and it was a departure from their longer thematic compositions. "Ni vent... Ni nouvelle" is comprised of ten shorter compositions with two of them, "Le Gai Marvin" and "Time Square", being under two minutes, and "Les Folleries" occupying the most space with 6:07. I have read that some feel that even though this is a very good album, it is less coherent than the debut or the classic "Les Porches". Admittedly, this notion stayed with me as I listened to the album the first two times. However, since I have no other Maneige album to compare with, I have to draw my conclusions from this one. And my conclusion is that I rather like it.

This is an all instrumental album with six band members and five guests. One of the first things you might notice is the use of percussion for the lead melody on some tracks. Just take a look at the members' names and the instruments they play and you will see four of the six involved in percussion work. But don't worry. There's plenty of beautiful classical piano, some strings, acoustic and electric guitar, saxophone, flute and bass guitar. Each piece has a different take and the longer ones go through some different musical motifs ensuring a journey through beautiful piano and strings, exciting and active percussion leads, some sax and electric guitar duos, and a variety of creative compositions. Personal favourites of mine are "La Fin de l'Histoire", "Les Folleries", "Les Epinettes" and "Douce-Amere". "11 Juillet" also has some cool moments.

It has taken me a few listens to really feel comfortable with the album but I feel it's a successful piece of work. There is most certainly an audience for this here on PA, and I am glad to have been able to expand my progressive music tastes one album wider.

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