Paul Brochu

Independent

Paul Brochu

About

Paiste Artist Since
October 1984

Nationality
Canada

Main Affiliation
Independent

Other Affiliations
Gregory Charles
Gino Vanelli
Alain Caron
Uzeb

Website
Radio-Canada.ca

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„I’ve been called upon to play all different styles of music and I always find the perfect combination with Paiste cymbals I’ve been using Paiste cymbals since 1984, that says it all“

Setup

Paul Brochu

Cymbals listed from left to right

14" Twenty Hi-Hat (discontinued)
16" Twenty Crash (discontinued)
10" Signature Dark Energy Splash Mark I
20" Signature Traditionals Light Ride
20" Formula 602 Classic Medium Flatride
18" Signature Full Crash

Paul Brochu

Cymbals listed from left to right

14" Signature Traditionals Medium Light Hi-Hat
20" Masters Dark Ride
16" Signature Traditionals Thin Crash
11" Signature Traditionals Thin Splash (discontinued)
20" Masters Mellow Ride "Blue Bird"
20" Signature Traditionals Light Flatride
18" Signature Traditionals Thin Crash

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Biography

Paul Brochu, widely acclaimed as one of Canada’s top drummers, started playing drums at the age of 7. By the time he was 13, Paul was taking private lessons with Roger Juneau. Shortly after graduating from the Conservatory with a Master’s degree in percussion, Paul joined Montreal based Jazz-Fusion group UZEB. Between tours and the recording of UZEB albums, Mr. Brochu maintained a busy schedule. As a sought after session player his artfull playing contributed to an impressive number of jingles, albums, television shows, radio broadcasts and film soundtracks. He has lent his drumming and musical skills to a who’s who of Canadian and French Artists (Michel Legrand, Charles Aznavour, Céline Dion, Gregory Charles) and he has performed with such jazz notables (Frank Gambale, Don Alias, Tiger Okoshi, Bela Fleck, Eddie Daniels, Oliver Jones, Gino Vannelli). Although consistently busy on the performing front, he manages to find the time to share his musical knowledge with students at University of Montreal and he is also doing a TV Show “En Direct de l’Univers” Throught his 12 years tenure in Uzeb, Paul recorded the following albums: Live in Bracknell Fast Emotion You Be Easy Between The Lines Live à L’Olympia Absolutely Live (with Didier Lockwood) Noisy Nights Live in Europe Uzeb Club World Tour 90 Honors: 1983: Jazz Album of the Year, ADISQ. 1984: Group of the Year and Jazz Album of the Year, ADISQ 1986: Jazz Album of the Year, ADISQ. 1987: Jazz Album of the Year, ADISQ. 1989: Group of the Year, ADISQ. Best original Music for a Television Sries, Prix Gémeaux. 1990: Artist with widest recognition outside Quebec, ADISQ. Best Seller/Jazz Category, SOCAN 1991: Jazz Album of the Year, ADISQ. Montreal Jazz Festival/Oscar Peterson Award

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Dark, dry, woody. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft, responsive feel. Full, warm, open sound. Loose, soggy chick sound. Perfectly suited for traditional swing patterns, but also well usable for other acoustic styles like Blues, Country, Soul or Gospel.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Warm, mellow, crystal-like. Medium range, fairly clean mix. Very balanced and controlled feel. A pearly, woody stick sound paired with a silvery wash. A very sensitive cymbal perfectly suited for soft playing at lower volume level and studio application.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky, breathy. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a quick response. Very well crashable. Controllable, peppery stick sound over a dark layered oriental, smoky wash. A ride cymbal that can easily be used in a small jazz club setting and flourish in other styles such as blues or country music.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 8", 10"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Full, wet with a brittle, trashy side. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft and very responsive, giving feel with a short, exploding sparkly splash character. Very well suited for dynamic effect accents in many musical styles. Also, well suited for hand playing in percussive set-ups.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Soft, warm, sweet, airy. Medium range, fairly complex mix. Fine, buttery feel. Silky, silvery ping over warm, mellow wash. Musical, gracious bell. Easily transcends Jazz and finds broad musical application wherever refined articulation and cultured style are required.

  • Sounds