Anne Bisson
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Anne Bisson

Laval, Quebec, Canada | SELF

Laval, Quebec, Canada | SELF
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When singer-pianist Anne Bisson decided to record her first album, she had planned on giving classical music a jazz approach. However, one day as she was sitting by her piano, the muse descended and inspired her to write "Little Black Lake." She discovered an inner trove of songs that emerged from her heart to fill this CD, with one exception—Steve Hackett's "Hoping Love Will Last."
Bisson, who lives in Montreal, began classical piano lessons when she was six. Five years later she was composing songs on the guitar. It was only when she sat in with the rhythm section of the University of Montreal Big Band that she was touched by jazz. Over the next two years she continued practicing classical music by day while listening to Louis Armstrong and George Gershwin by night and also playing in Montreal jazz bars.

The songs on the album show that Bisson has an innate sense of composition. The songs are warm and intimate and speak directly to the heart. She makes them all the more evocative with a voice that can be fragile and haunting, gently alluring and inviting, as it wraps itself around the underlying emotion of the lyrics.

Bisson's jazz side comes up strong on "Do What You Please." Her vocal is made distinct by her phrasing and timing, but she goes beyond that with her inflections and sense of space that capture the implicit feel of the words. Even when she is in pop mode, she is a stunning communicator. Any of the selections testify to that but "Blue Mind" condenses the core of emotion into stellar story telling.

Listening to "Hoping Love Will Last" makes apparent why she chose to sing it. The supple grace of her voice is seen to advantage, as she soars in hope, ponders on the edge of uncertainty and reminisces introspectively to invest the song with her indelible presence.

Bisson has a lot going for herself—her writing is resolute in its view of human passions and her singing gives voice to those passions with tasteful delicacy. And finally, she has two fine accompanists in Paul Brochu and Normand Guilbeault, who understand, and help enhance the nature of her songs.



Track listing: Little Black Lake; Soothing Your Soul; Hoping love Will Last; Dragonfly; Do What You Please; September In Montreal; Camillo; Blue Mind; Why Is It So; Secret Survivor; New Start.

Personnel: Anne Bisson: piano, vocals; Paul Brochu: drums; Normand Guilbeault: acoustic bass.

Style: Vocal - Jerry D'Souza, All About Jazz


Anne Bisson and Simaudio join forces with legendary producer, conductor, and arranger Guy St-Onge, along with René Laflamme of Fidelio Audio, bassist Normand Guilbault, and drummer Paul Brochu, to deliver a masterpiece of exceptional music that is sure to take your breath away.

This fantastic audiophile recording features a rich and warm midrange, with sultry tones that envelop and embrace. The first time you hear Bisson's crystal clear voice, you'll likely get shivers, while subsequent listens will reveal a depth and emotional core that resonate long after the final chord has sounded. Melodies soar with a delicate confidence through changes that are a unique blend of jazz and vocal pop.

We couldn't be more excited to present such an exquisitely recorded album from a truly gifted performer.

"From the minute I first heard Anne Bisson's Blue Mind, I immediately knew that we would have to bring this album to the world. I sat in my seat, transfixed and in awe, for the whole thing. And then I listened to it again!" - Bob Bantz, President, Elusive Disc, Inc.

"I hope you feel the immense pleasure I had singing and playing these songs with the two extraordinary musicians that accompanied me through this journey. Last but not least, a special thanks to a very caring man who guided and inspired me, Guy St-Onge. Something really magical happened, and now it's yours to discover!" - Anne Bisson

Blue Mind was recorded July 21-22, 2008, at Reference Studio in St-Calixte, Québec. It was mastered by Marc-Olivier Bouchard, assisted by René Laflamme, at Pure Mastering in St-Calixte. There are no overdubs on any song except "Dragonfly". With the exception of "Hoping Love Will Last" (Steve Hackett), all songs were written by Anne Bisson. - Elusive Disc


Anne Bisson and Simaudio join forces with legendary producer, conductor, and arranger Guy St-Onge, along with René Laflamme of Fidelio Audio, bassist Normand Guilbault, and drummer Paul Brochu, to deliver a masterpiece of exceptional music that is sure to take your breath away. This fantastic audiophile recording features a rich and warm mid-range, with sultry tones that envelop and embrace. The first time you hear Bisson's crystal clear voice, you'll likely get shivers, while subsequent listens will reveal a depth and emotional core that resonate long after the final chord has sounded. Melodies soar with a delicate confidence through changes that are a unique blend of jazz and vocal pop.

Blue Mind was recorded on July 21-22, 2008, at Reference Studio in St-Calixte, Québec. It was mastered by Marc-Olivier Bouchard, assisted by René Laflamme, at Pure Mastering in St-Calixte. There are no overdubs on any song except "Dragonfly." With the exception of "Hoping Love Will Last" (Steve Hackett), all songs were written by Anne Bisson. - MusicDirect


Anne Bisson and Simaudio join forces with legendary producer, conductor, and arranger Guy St-Onge, along with René Laflamme of Fidelio Audio, bassist Normand Guilbault, and drummer Paul Brochu, to deliver a masterpiece of exceptional music that is sure to take your breath away.

This fantastic audiophile recording features a rich and warm midrange, with sultry tones that envelop and embrace. The first time you hear Bisson's crystal clear voice, you'll likely get shivers, while subsequent listens will reveal a depth and emotional core that resonate long after the final chord has sounded. Melodies soar with a delicate confidence through changes that are a unique blend of jazz and vocal pop.

We couldn't be more excited to present such an exquisitely recorded album from a truly gifted performer.

"From the minute I first heard Anne Bisson's Blue Mind, I immediately knew that we would have to bring this album to the world. I sat in my seat, transfixed and in awe, for the whole thing. And then I listened to it again!" - Bob Bantz, President, Elusive Disc, Inc.

"I hope you feel the immense pleasure I had singing and playing these songs with the two extraordinary musicians that accompanied me through this journey. Last but not least, a special thanks to a very caring man who guided and inspired me, Guy St-Onge. Something really magical happened, and now it's yours to discover!" - Anne Bisson

Blue Mind was recorded July 21-22, 2008, at Reference Studio in St-Calixte, Québec. It was mastered by Marc-Olivier Bouchard, assisted by René Laflamme, at Pure Mastering in St-Calixte. There are no overdubs on any song except "Dragonfly". With the exception of "Hoping Love Will Last" (Steve Hackett), all songs were written by Anne Bisson. - High-Tone


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Montréal jazz pianist and vocalist Anne Bisson has been playing piano since the age of 6 and by 11, was already composing her own songs. After CEGEP studies in classical piano, she discovered jazz music while playing in the rhythm section of Université de Montréal's big band orchestra. In 1984, she won the Étoiles Du Maurier competition, after performing two of her own compositions in front of an audience at Radio-Canada. Two years later, she sang in the acclaimed opera musical Starmania, paving the way to a successful entertainment career spanning nearly 20 years of singing, touring and television work. In 2009, she released her début CD, Blue Mind, with the help of veteran musicians Normand Guilbault (double bass) and Paul Brochu (drums).