PRESS FOR JONDO

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The WholeNote

"It is a work that is by turns poised, polished, intimate and exuberant. Rager – with his lustrous pianism – leads an ensemble that works like a well-oiled machine, playing his compositions with authority and élan and doing a remarkable job of getting under Rager’s sonic skin."

- Raul da Gama

Ottawa Citizen JazzBlog

"Opening the disc is Rager’s Prodigal Son Suite, a tribute to the late Montreal pianist and McGill University jazz professor Jan Jarczyk, a mentor to Rager and hero to his bandmates. Jarczyk was an esteemed composer, and Rager’s sophisticated effort, which nods to Kenny Wheeler’s influence as well as Jarczyk’s, does him proud."

- Peter Hum

SortiesJazzNights

"Grand habitué des boites de jazz montréalaises, du Québec et de festivals de jazz, son approche multiple et son talent confirmé lui permettent de jouer dans tous les styles, ou presque. Cette fois-ci, point de trio, mais un album consistant en nonette qui nous permets de découvrir ses talents de compositeur et d’arrangeur. Pour les amateurs et passionnés, il y a vraiment de quoi célébrer."

- Claude Thibault