Maneige

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Maneige
Maneige.jpg
Background information
Origin Québec, Canada
Genres Progressive rock, Fusion jazz
Years active 1972 (1972)–1983 (1983)
Past members Denis Lapierre
Alain Bergeron
Yves Léonard
Gilles Schetagne
Jérôme Langlois
Vincent Langlois

Maneige was a Canadian progressive rock and fusion jazz band from Québec, founded in 1972 by Alain Bergeron and Jérôme Langlois.[1] The instrumental outfit was one of the Quebec progressive rock scene's longest running and most consistent bands.

History[edit]

Bergeron played flute and saxophone, while Langlois was a keyboardist. They were joined by the drummer Gilles Schetagne, percussionist Paul Picard and bassist Yves Leonard, to form the initial quintet. They played a few concerts in the early 1970s, and opened for the Dutch progressive band, Ekseption. They released their first two albums on the Harvest label in 1975. Their eponymous debut release contained a side-long track and established their experimental approach. Jerome's brother, Vincent Langlois, was added as a second keyboardist and a wind player, and a wide array of percussion instruments, some tuned, were used. Guitarist Denis Lapierre had been added to the lineup.[2] Their second album was Les Porches.

After these two initial albums, Jerome Langlois left due to differences in opinion concerning the band's musical direction, and Vincent Langlois took over sole keyboard duties. Paul Picard, from the original lineup but absent from the first two releases, rejoined the band. The next two studio albums were refined, with shorter compositions and more focus. Ni vent... ni nouvelle and Libre Service were the next two releasses, and both were reissued on CD in the early 1990s. A live album followed in 1979, entitled Composite. Two more albums came in the early 1980s, which were more of a jazz rock styling. In the late 1990s, Live Montreal 1974-1975 was issued featuring recordings from the early version of the band, including the side-long "Le Rafiot" from their first album, as well as the unreleased "1-2-3-4-5-6".

In 2005, ProgQuébec reissued various archive material, including the early composition "Manège" which had never been previously released.

Discography[edit]

  • 1975: Maneige
  • 1975: Les Porches, Capitol Records, EMI Of Canada: ST 6438 [1]
  • 1976: Ni Vent...Ni Nouvelle
  • 1978: Libre Service - Self Service
  • 1979: Composite
  • 1980: Montréal, 6 am
  • 1981: Images
  • 1998: Live Montréal 1974-1975
  • 2005: Live à l’Évêché 1975
  • 2005: Live
  • 2006: Les Porches Live

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