Barb Diab and The Smoked Meat Trio; Smokey Kind of Blues …

Sometimes, it is – all about The Blues.

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Barb Diab and her Smoked Meat Trio ( a condensed version of the full band) are fairly new to the ‘Blues’ scene yet have already made an impact.

Whether securing regular spots at The House of Jazz downtown and Laval, or – various other entertainment venues in Montreal and abroad, Diab and her ‘Bluesmen’ are earning their chops.

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Pierre Lamontagne on Bass, a man who learned to play years ago as a Heavy Metal fan, has ‘un’ retired and has been resurrected as a Blues student. Laying down solid riffs on songs such as ‘ Kool Cat Strut’, ‘Early in the Morning’, ( Diab’s Rhumba version) or a cover of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Give Me One Reason’. His Bass as diverse as the song selection within the Smoked Meat Trio.

Barb Diab combined with Lamontagne on Bass, complimented perfectly by a legend in the Quebec Blues scene. A legend on guitar …

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J.D. Slim.

A veteran of the Quebec and Blues scene for over forty years, J.D. spent many years as Nanette Workman’s touring guitarist and has produced, written, arranged and played on albums for everyone as well as for himself.
His slide playing reminiscent of one of his idols – Eric Clapton. Slim’s finesse, spacing and tone, perfectly fit for any type of song. ‘That’s All Right Mama’, Elvis’ original signature song is tailored made for JD’s pickin. ‘Blues for T-Model Ford’ a vehicle for the ‘easy’ chords made not so easy by Slim. Adding licks and riffs far superior to the any Chuck Berry -esque three chord challenge. Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’, requiring adeptness as soft as a feather yet hard like a beak, performed uniquely and tenderly by both Slim and Diab. One word.

Magical …

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At the risk of sounding corny, Barb Diab and her Smoked Meat Trio,  have ‘Got their Mojo Working’. Playing Muddy Waters’ Blues cornerstone or in general, the Mojo is evident on songs such as ‘I’m A Woman’,My Babe’, ‘Big Boss Man’ and the ubiquitous ‘Fever ‘.  Diab effortless altering her range to suit each one with pizazz and style.

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Diab and her mates have travelled a few times to Memphis. Learning their craft from the real Bluesmen. One of whom, very famous and special in the big theme of the Blues.

Who is it? 

Head to The House of Jazz this Thursday in Laval. Barb Diab will tell you.


Visit Barb Here !

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Film Director Paul Marchand Talks About His Documentary on the Life of Jaco Pastorius. Full Interview.

The Jimi Hendrix of Bass Guitar. That is the way most musicians lovingly describe the late Jaco Pastorius.


A genius or a mentally – ill man?

Questions which rise more often than a globe- trotting Rooster when the subject of Jacko surfaces.

Clinically yes. Artistically no?

There is a fine line between the two worlds and this is one subject which tosses it’s inquisitive head in the documentary ‘Jaco’.

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Please listen below to part one of my interview with Paul Marchand. He is the director of this fantastic documentary on the life of Pastorius. Flea ( Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Geddy Lee ( Rush), also add their thoughts from the film’s soundtrack.


Jaco Online 


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Michel Pagliaro is Back! Sorta …


 Michel Pagliaro is a legend in Quebec …



Anglophone artists, Francophone artists – any type of gender from a particular era in Montreal, unconsciously or consciously affected  by ‘Pag’.

Rarely do artists create such a vast songbook in a short period of time. Dylan, The Beatles, Elvis and Pag.



For this reason, it is only fitting, after all these years for a tribute album to be released. Eleven of Pagliaro’s songs performed by twelve artists. A brilliant CD package for immense listening pleasure.


Carl Bastien supervises  a disc long overdue. A void within the borders is now filled. Pag and Gerry Boulet can now walk hand in hand across the Plains of Abraham.

Please listen below to some tunes from Pag Revisited.


Visit Pag Here !







Hallowe’en Happenings in Montreal and Other Events That Go Bump in the Night


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Lots of scary stuff happening in and around Montreal this spooky weekend.

Please listen below to some of these events as well as directions to a complete Hallowe’en rundown.

Also listen to what else is happening in and around Montreal.

Talk soon.




Welcome to Montreal Emilie – Claire Barlow! It’s a ‘Clear Day’ …

Emilie – Claire Barlow loves Montreal.

So much so, she made a life altering decision and moved to the city to pursue her Juno Award winning musical career.


A life changing trip on board a Coast Guard ship in the Arctic also played into Emilie’s decision to change her life completely.

To enter her new life with a ‘clear day’ in mind …

Please listen below to my chat with Emilie about her new album and her new life in Montreal.



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Please Visit Emilie Here !

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon







What’s Happening in Montreal and on Rick Keene Music Scene

New York, New Jersey, New Guinea …

new tunes!

Plus – lots of upcoming shows in and around Montreal!


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Stop by every Sunday for a schedule of weekly and monthly shows and by clicking on the Evenko and Jazz Festival logos – a one stop shopping adventure to buy tickets too!

Only on Rick Keene Music Scene!

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !












Montreal’s Jazz Sweetheart Susie Arioli – ‘Spring’ Is in the Air. Part Two


If there are not any subliminal messages within the title of Susie Arioli’s new album, there should be …

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Susie has recorded an album without Jordan Officer on guitar. A new beginning for Susie and the album title mirrors that rebirth.

In perfect Arioli fashion – the title track ‘stings’ with irony. Both sides of the human psyche duel for first class seats. A fitting sentiment for this three time Juno nominated singer who is stepping into the spotlight once more. This time – the lighting is delightfully different.

Please enjoy part two of my chat with Susie and hear some great tunes from her new album, including a great Bo Diddley song.

Say what?










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