Review – Jordan Officer

Album: Three Rivers
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Genre: Jazz

Jordan Officer has released his fourth solo album, Three Rivers on March 23, 2018. The brand new album features 11 original songs inspired by one of Officer’s recent road trips throughout southern United States and is the follow up to his last album Blues Skies which was released in 2015. Officer, who was born in Montreal, QC has earned his stripes as one of Canada’s premier jazz/blues artists through his years of hard work as a guitarist and musician.

Three Rivers is an exploration of Officer’s musical influences and a nod to his strong writing skills and abilities. Opening the album with the track, “Your Body’s My Home” you instantly get a snapshot of the musical treat you are in for. Officer has such a rich and warm voice, that you cannot help but be dragged into his musical world. Officer had his hand in writing all of the new tracks and allowed his influences and creativity to guide his music.

I enjoyed Officers narrative and storytelling abilities with each track. One of my favourite tracks was “One Handed Push-Ups.” It was swinging and got your toes tapping. The album earned its title from the track “Driving Back from Three Rivers,” which was another one of my favourites. The song allowed you to become captivated with the lower register of Officer’s voice.Three Rivers is a work of Officer’s own art and allows fans to continue to enjoy his unique style and original compositions. From the opening track to “Buck Jumping in New Orleans” you can become immersed with Officer and his brand of jazz. Three Rivers is an excellent album and a great compliment to his other studio releases.

20 years after making his public debut at the 1998 edition of the Festival international de jazz de Montréal, Officer will perform for fans at L’Astral on July 5, 2018. Officer’s performance will be part of this year’s edition of the Festival international de jazz de Montréal. It will allow Officer to debut his new music directly to his fans. Officer will continue to tour across Quebec throughout 2018/19, and for the first time US dates will be officially announced soon.

Upcoming Quebec Tour Dates:
12 May 2018 – Salle Alec et Gérard Pelletier – Sutton
18 May 2018 – Salle d’Youville du Palais Montcalm – Québec
19 May 2018 – Grove Hall – Huntingdon

5 July 2018 – L’Astral – Montréal – Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

01 November 2018 – Valleyfield – Café chez Rose
03 November 2018 – Val Morin – Théâtre du Marais
29 November 2018 – Québec – Théâtre Petit Champlain

01 December 2018 – Ste-Thérèse – Cabaret BMO

17 January 2019 – Laval – Maison des arts de Lavalo
31 January 2019 – Gatineau – Salle Jean Desprèz

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