Tenor/soprano saxophonist and composer

After studying at the conservatoires of Rennes (France), Chicoutimi, Quebec City, and Montreal, Yannick Rieu embarked on an intense and solitary musical exploration that lasted four years. From 1980 to 1984, he polished his style in various jazz clubs in Saguenay, Quebec City regions and studied in France with Jean-Louis Chautemps and Réne Urtreger. In 1984, he made his professional debut on the effervescent Montreal music scene. After working with band leader and pianist Vic Vogel, with drummers Bernard Primeau and Guy Nadon, and especially, with pianist Jean Beaudet, he quickly gained a reputation as an intense musician who wielded his art without compromise.

In 1988, Down Beat magazine rated Rieu as one of the twenty most promising saxophonist in the world, alongside the likes of  Branford  Marsalis, Joe Lovano, and Courtney Pine.

In 1992, he recorded his first CD of his own compositions, with some jazz standards included as points of reference. In the Myth was the culmination of two years of free exploration at Montreal’s Café Central with a trio that included Michel Ratté on drums, Normand Guilbeault on bass, and guest pianist Paul Bley. “Playing that is at times powerfully lyrical and at others, rebellious. A  surprisingly mature first album.” Voir, Montreal.

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