Despite his now veteran status, bassist Frédéric Alarie has never stopped striving to refine his playing — described as smooth, sensitive and daring — since his arrival on the jazz scene in the late 80s. He has been a member of many bands, including those of Lorraine Desmarais, Bernard Primeau, Jean-Pierre Zanella, and Yannick Rieu, to name just a few. He has also been fortunate to perform with well-known artists such as Oliver Jones, Ranee Lee, Sheila Jordan, Salvator Adamo, Charles Aznavour, and Michel Legrand. He has led his own bands, including Frédéric Alarie & Basse Section, and as a composer he has made six critically acclaimed CDs. Vision, with his band Basse Section garnered a 1997 ADISQ nomination for Jazz Album of the Year. That same year, Saison Jazz Montréal named him Discovery of the Year, and in 1998 he won the Prix de Jazz Trébas.