Volume Two is the first all-original album by Collective Order. The band initially formed in 2016 to make Volume One, a self-produced recording of jazz standards. Upon releasing the album they realized the potential the project had to be a diving board for collaboration and creativity. For many of the band members, Volume Two was their first opportunity to compose/arrange music for a full-length studio album. Drawing from a roster of nineteen musicians, each track features diverse instrumentation within ensembles that span from a quartet to a thirteen-piece. Volume Two provides the listener with an eclectic musical experience, offering a vast and varied stylistic range. Every member of the group is under the age of 30, although the music defies their collective youth!
It all started in the kitchen of a house in the heart of Toronto. There was a jam space in the basement and five rooms rented out by a rotating cast of musicians. This was the scene of many late nights spent drinking glasses of red wine talking about how the gig went. Between the players who lived there and the ones who just came to hang, a significant part of the Toronto jazz community had shared moments listening to records, trading thoughts on music, and expressing their goals. One of those goals was to get a group of players together to record an album of standards. The idea was to go into the studio and try to capture the magic that happens when players who have never met get on a stage, choose a standard they all know, and then somehow make it come to life. Last year, we made that record.
Stream and download the album on iTunes HERE
...and on SOUNDCLOUD HERE
Official website: https://www.collectiveorderjazz.com/
After releasing ‘Volume One’, we had seventeen musicians that were keen to do it again, only this time with original compositions. The ensemble grew with the addition of Jocelyn Barth and Nebyu Yohannes and then, with our crew of nineteen, the planning for ‘Volume Two’ began. For many of us, this album is our debut as composers, arrangers, lyricists, and producers. This newness brought an exciting energy to the project and with the shared experience of making an album together already, we had developed a strong sense of community. There was collaboration, creativity, and input at every step of the process, which led to the album you’re holding right now.
Community is the prevailing theme of our project. Looking ahead, we hope that Collective Order will continue to become more inclusive and reflective of the musical and cultural diversity that Toronto has to offer.
Volume Two was released worldwide on Friday, September 29, 2017. The release will be celebrated with a performance at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.