Lester Quitzau

Lester Quitzau A big Love

Released 1996

Hard To Find CD

Quitzau's blues world encompasses Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Chris Whitely in addition to John Lee Hooker, Blind Wille Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughn, and while this eclecticism might infuriate purists, it makes A Big Love one of the most inspired efforts ever to emerge from this country's blues scene. Like Big Sugar's Gordie Johnson, Quitzau is not afraid to jump from acoustic to slide sounds to ferocious 70's style riffing but he also delves into some more atmospheric areas, waxing playful and psychedelic. Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight

Lester Quitzau Keep On Walking

Released 1994
Rare Used CD in excellent condition

All songs written by Lester Quitzau, except "Room Full Of Mirrors (Jimi Hendrix), Lookin' For My Baby (Cooper/Hayrock), Someday Baby (Nixon/Estes), Rich Land Woman Blues (John Hurt), Saddle Up My Pony (C. Patton), and Your Heart (Lester Quitzau, Farley Scott)

Recorded in February 1994 at home, Ramsey Hall, and Crow Town Audio Productions.
Engineered by Bill Hobson and Lester Quitzau.
Mixed and edited by Jamie Kidd at Beta Sound Recorders.

This album was recorded "Au Naturel" with no additives or artificial flavours. All tracks were recorded live to DAT (no overdubs), with the exception of "Keep On Walking". The nature sounds on "Turkish Theme" were recorded by Lester in the spring of 1993. The birds are mating, singing "pick me, pick me". By recording it in relaxed atmosphere, with an emphasis on feeling and performance, we were able to come up with something very honest and real. The majority of the material came from an inspired session under the influence of the full moon.

Lester Quitzau So Here We Are

Released January 4th, 2001
All songs written by Lester Quitzau, except 1 & 3, written by Morganfield.
Recorded at Wolf Willow Sound, Edmonton
Engineered by Joe Dunphy Mixed by Marek and Joe Dunphy
Assisted by Greg Johnson and Lester Quitzau
Mastered by Andy Krehm at Silverbirch Productions, Toronto, ON
CD-ROM bonus track includes video footage of recording session. Bonus video filmed and edited by Dave Luxton.

Tri Continental Lets Play

Here, Madagascar Slim, Bill Bourne and Lester Quitzau have again cooked up a wonderfully universal musical gumbo with many different ingredients. Their unique acoustic/electric style mixes blues, folk, songs, and various world beat strands and they also introduce a special guest: Ramesh Shotham, the Indian percussion master from Cologne. He adds to the "groove" factor of the music in many different ways. This group brings together individual talent and then creates the one quality that is indispensable for every musician — an individual and original sound. Those who have grown to love this sound — and those who want to finally discover it for themselves — will not be disappointed by LET’S PLAY.

Tri Continental

“Never change a winning team“ – this truism from the world of sports could well be applied to the fourth release by Canada’s blues/roots/world trio Tri-Continental. Just like the album’s predecessor “Let’s Play”, 'Drifting' was recorded in Germany and for their new recording project the trio again invited Indian percussion master Ramesh Shotham to participate. Following his stints with artists and ensembles as diverse as Karnataka College of Percussion, Dissidenten, Embryo, Carla Bley and Rabi Abou-Khalil, Ramesh Shotham now seems to be a regular guest of Lester Quitzau, Bill Bourne and Madagasgar Slim. Drifting is a classic term from the world of blues lyrics. It should not be taken as an indication for indecision, however. Quite the opposite is true, in fact. Tri-Continental came up with a special plan for recording their fourth album. They invited a small audience of friends and fans to the Alien Style Studio in Bremen, Germany - and proceeded to capture nine new songs on tape. All performed on one single evening and combining the directness and spontaneity of a live performance with the technical advantages of a professional studio environment. The concept of democracy is still very much at the heart of the band’s philosophy on 'Drifting'. Two new songs by Bourne and Quitzau each, one new original song by Slim and a bunch of covers that stand as a testament to the band’s great love for the tradition and their respective influences. An excellent example of Tri-Continental’s capacity of blending their various styles and techniques into a new whole that sounds organic and relaxed.

Tri Continental Tri Continental

Released August 2000

Tracks 1, 5 & 10 written by Lester Quitzau
Tracks 3, 7 & 11 written by Ben Randriamananjara
Tracks 2, 4, 6, 8 & 9 written by Bill Bourne

Lester Quitzau : vocals, slide, acoustic and electric guitars, kalimba
Bill Bourne : vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle
Madagascar Slim : vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, valiha
Isaak Kojo : background vocals, percussion
Joe Dunphy : drum

Recorded November 1999 and January 2000 at West Lodge Sound, Toronto, Ontario
Engineer: Joe Dunphy, assisted by Lorne Hounsell
Mixed by Lester Quitzau and Joe Dunphy
Mastered by Joao Carvalho at Umbrella Sound