Drummer/Composer ERNESTO CERVINI and his band Turboprop express their gratitude with their new release, Abundance.
“I’m grateful for the abundance of good that there is in the world and I feel privileged to experience it every day.” These words, from the liner notes of Ernesto Cervini’s new Turboprop album, Abundance, describe the feeling and purpose behind the Canadian drummer’s incredible new release. Following the critical and popular success of their previous two albums, Abundance will further their reputation as one of the top cross-border jazz collaborations.
The band features top jazz musicians from two of North America’s most vibrant jazz cities: Tara Davidson on Alto and Soprano Saxophones and Flute (Toronto), Joel Frahm on Tenor Saxophone (New York), William Carn on Trombone (Toronto), Adrean Farrugia on Piano (Toronto), Dan Loomis on Bass (New York) and Ernesto Cervini on Drums (Toronto). Cervini and Turboprop released Rev in the fall of 2017, and the album received rave reviews across the globe, including a 2018 JUNO nomination for Jazz Album of the Year (Group) and a 4-star review in Downbeat Magazine.
On Abundance, gratitude is on full display, as Cervini again features all of his band members as instrumentalists, featured soloists and composer/arrangers in this gorgeous collection of 8 songs. As Cervini states, “although I am the band-leader, Turboprop truly feels like a collective due to the passion, commitment, and love everybody brings to each performance.” Abundance cleverly mixes three great (and lesser known) standards with original material written by the band, including 2 songs by Cervini himself. This includes an incredible re-imagining of Geoff Keezer's solo piano rendition of My Shining Hour, originally recorded on his 1998 release, Turn Up The Quiet. There’s also a creative and playful arrangement of Tadd Dameron’s Tadd’s Delight and a lush trombone
feature on Smile by Charlie Chaplin.
Cervini continues to feature the compositional talents of his bandmates, including original pieces by three of them; The Queen by Tara Davidson, Abundance Overture by Dan Loomis and The Ten Thousand Things by Adrean Farrugia. Lastly, the album features two originals by Cervini. Gramps is a gorgeous ballad which features Tara Davidson on the Alto Saxophone and is dedicated to Cervini’s late grandfather, Gerow Van Wart. Song For Cito is a triumphant romp written for Cito Gaston, the great Toronto Blue Jays manager who lead the team to back-to-back World Series Championships in the early 1990’s.
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Marty's review: With a very apt title,Turboprop's latest release is a sheer delight for lovers of pure and classic jazz. Once again, Ernesto Cervini has gathered a superb collection of musicians who collaborate in a skillful and effortless style that accentuates their multi-talents and gifts to the listener an emotionally-rich experience. No sign of any egos here as each member's contribution is not only professional but rewarding and satisfying. An entertaining and flawless production that will reverberate with each listen.