Monday, December 24, 2018

Toronto super-group Collective Order release Volume Three....cultural and personal

Toronto super-group Collective Order recently released their third album entitled Volume Three.  

The album marks another important step in the evolution of Toronto’s Collective Order.  Having released two volumes of music, they have solidified a vision for the future of the project:  “Looking ahead, Collective Order plans to continue to become more inclusive and to better reflect the musical and cultural diversity of Toronto.” 

With Volume Three, the band has created a collection of compositions inspired by individual band members’ cultural backgrounds and personal experiences. Toronto is a collection of incredibly diverse and culturally rich communities, and in this collaborative project, the band aims to eliminate imaginary boundaries and establish new musical traditions. 

In keeping with the collaborative nature of Collective Order, the opening title is a composition written to accompany a traditional land acknowledgement by Indigenous artist Melanie Montour

Collective Order is a collaborative recording project featuring 21 jazz musicians based in Toronto. Since forming in 2015, the band has released one album of jazz standards and two albums consisting of all-original compositions. Now releasing their third album, the band has undoubtedly developed a distinct aesthetic centred around a shared creative process. 

The idea of collaboration is fully explored in the music of Collective Order. Each piece is written by a different member of the band, who then curates the personnel for the recording of their piece. As a result, the sound of their albums covers a wide array of arrangements and textures. 

Jazz FM host John Devonish has said of Collective Order, “In times when concepts of community are screaming out for serious revisiting along comes a uniquely sensitive album project."

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Marty's review: The 21 musicians of Collective Order have once again come together to pool their multiple talents and produce an album that is diverse in not only the style of music played but also in their own individual compositions. They take the essence of contemporary jazz and expand it in several directions to present a 14 track sublime symphony that is eclectic yet accessible and transports the listener to a place of their own choosing. Call it a soundtrack to your life if you may and match each track to a moment in your past or present.