Martine Courage - voice and piano/keys
Rob Frayne - bass
Vince Halfhide - guitar
Mike Essoudry - drums
Jazz with adventurous arrangements, trancy moods and compelling grooves! Courage4 plays off-the-wall arrangements of funk, pop and blues-infused jazz standards and other genres. The quartet features Martine Courage’s creative, lush vocals and stripped back piano stylings, Vince Halfhide's rootsy, rhythmic guitar, Rob Frayne’s jazzy harmonic bass (and sometimes tenor sax) and Mike Essoudry’s groovy and inventive drumming. From the rollicking “If I Only Had a Brain”, and the funk-inflected “Just Friends” to the atmospheric “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to,” a set of the quartet’s music hits all the right notes.
Courage makes a splash with buoyant, homespun music that grabs from pop and funk to make its jazz more effervescent. - Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen, August 2021