Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Juno-nominated Canadian nonet, The Carn Davidson 9, new album "Murphy" ..bold and brassy chamber jazz

The Carn Davidson 9 was formed at the beginning of 2010 as a collaborative project between JUNO nominated artists, trombonist William Carn and saxophonist Tara Davidson. CD9 draws on the body of compositions by its co-leaders. This collaborative project is an opportunity for both artists to “reimagine” their compositions for this chamber jazz instrumentation, shining new perspective on their existing repertoire. This 9-piece chord-less ensemble utilizes its seven horns as both melodic and harmonic devices, anchored by bass and drums. 

This electrifying new release exemplifies the musical growth of the group.  From the ensemble playing, to the solos, to the repertoire,  Murphy epitomizes the sound of the band.  Featuring 8 new compositions by the co-leaders of William Carn and Tara Davidson, this new recording also features new arrangements by not only Carn and Davidson but also by Geoff Young, Andrew Downing, Jason Logue, Ernesto Cervini and Andy Ballantyne.  All these musical perspectives blend to form the unique and beautiful sound of the Carn Davidson 9.

The Carn Davidson 9’s unique sound is made stronger by an all-star lineup of prominent Canadian artists who are all exceptional ensemble players as well as outstanding soloists. 

CD9 is... 

Tara Davidson, woodwinds; Kelly Jefferson, woodwinds; Perry White, woodwinds ;

Jason Logue, trumpet; Kevin Turcotte, trumpet; William Carn, trombone ;

Alex Duncan, bass trombone; Andrew Downing, bass; Ernesto Cervini, drums .

Marty's review: For an album that comprises mainly brass and wind instruments this release is well crafted and executed. I was expecting a "big band' sound, but this is not what you hear. This nonet have produced creative and inspiring compositions that come together in a cohesion that compliments all involved. The adventurous and progressive musicianship of each player weaves its way throughout the expansive 8 tracks, making it an album that jazz musicians and aficionados will appreciate and soak up.

Trombonist WILLIAM CARN has emerged as one of Canada’s leading contemporary jazz composers and performers. His debut release, Other Stories, was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award as Traditional Jazz Album of the Year. He has also been nominated for Trombonist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards from 2004 to 2008. He has performed and recorded with jazz artists including Rob McConnell, Randy Brecker, David Binney, Kenny Wheeler, Ingrid Jensen, Tim Hagans, Barry Harris, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Vince Mendoza, Don Braden, Mike Murley, and Hilario Duran. William also enjoys a diverse freelance career and is a regular member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival orchestra. William is a RATH Trombone artist and is an instructor at Humber College and the University of Toronto. 

Tara Davidson is a multi-JUNO Award nominated alto and soprano saxophonist who has performed around the world at such prestigious venues as New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the International Jazz Festival in Lima, Peru, and The Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C. As a bandleader, Davidson has produced six recordings since 2004 and performed on more than thirty recordings as a side person. Three of her six recordings as a leader have been nominated by the JUNO Awards for “Album of the Year” in both the “Traditional” and “Solo” jazz categories. Davidson is an active educator presently on faculty at York University (Toronto), the Humber College Community Music School (Toronto) and the National Music Camp of Canada (Jazz Faculty).

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Drummer Ilios Steryannis debut album "Bethany Project"...World Jazz with funky grooves

Ilios Steryannis is a jazz drummer and composer from Toronto, Canada. His new album, "Bethany Project", coming out in January 2018, is one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

The album was recorded in July 2017 at Number 9 Audio Group, with highly acclaimed SOCAN award winning producer and guitarist Eric St-Laurent at the helm. The album features a wide variety of styles, moods and textures, ranging from Coltranesque post bop to charging West African grooves, with some Mediterranean and Afro-Cuban flavours mixed in. Bethany Project will be released internationally on Friday, January 12th, 2018.

Marty's review: this upbeat release from Ilios Steryannis certainly has an immediate "wow" factor from the first opening notes and continuing all the way to the final track. With an eclectic mix of complimenting musical influences this 11 track jazz masterpiece boasts top-notch musicianship, expertly arranged compositions and a production that is tight, balanced and a delight to listen to. The anticipation for this release is certainly justified.

CD Release Tour
Toronto - January 11, 2018. The Burdock
Montreal - February 23, 2018. Resonance Café

Ottawa - February 24, 2018. GigSpace

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