Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Solon McDade - Murals (April 20, 2018)

“Murals” the debut release by Juno Award winning bassist-composer Solon McDade features nine original modern jazz pieces infused with a love and respect for tradition as well as a passion for modernity and progress. 

Bassist-composer Solon McDade grew up on stage and has developed into a versatile performer, equally able to unleash his "complex and literate bass playing" (Dirty Linen Magazine) in jazz clubs, blues bars, and at folk and bluegrass festivals. He has been a part of numerous tours in North America, Europe and China and his distinctive melodic and powerful bass playing provides the foundation on which the sound of many recordings are built. His group The McDades won a Juno Award their album “Bloom” and his entire recording catalog features over 20 nominations for various awards. 

Murals features Solon McDade on bass as well as his brother Jeremiah McDade (Maria Schneider, Joshua Rager, Edmonton Jazz Orchestra) on tenor sax and Montrealers; alto saxophonist Donny Kennedy (Joe Sullivan Big Band, Christine Jensen Big Band, Kieran Overs, Kirk MacDonald and Andre White), Paul Shrofel (Nikky Yanofsky, Sophie Milman and Susie Arioli) Piano and Rich Irwin (Dave Liebman, Freddie Hubbard, Donny McCaslin, Dave Binney and Chucho Valdez) on drums. Together the band paint a vibrant aural image of Solon’s originals with an energetic swing in each beat.

The CD will be officially released on April 20th, and will be celebrated with a performance at The Yardbird Suite in Edmonton AB on Friday, April 20th at 8pm.  A second eastern Canadian release is planned for Montreal, QC at the Upstairs Jazz Bistro & Bar on July 21st.

1. He's A Problem In The Locker Room
2. Buy The Tractor
3. Do Airplanes Scratch The Sky?
4. Whatever Whatever
5. The Ballad of Sir William Ormerod
6. Off The Bed Rose
7. Blues For Sebastian
8. Ali's Second Line
9. A Shorter Thing

Donny Kennedy - Alto Saxophone
Jeremiah McDade - Tenor Saxophone
Paul Shrofel - Piano
Rich Irwin - Drums
20 Apr Yardbird Suite Edmonton, Canada   RSVP   Presale

21 July Upstairs Jazz Bistro & Bar Montréal, Canada