Sunday, August 5, 2018

Arve Henriksen - The Height Of Reeds (RUNE GRAMMOFON 2018)

"The Height Of The Reeds" started as a commissioned work to the city of Hull, Great Britain´s cultural capital 2017. Composed by Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset and Jan Bang, the work celebrates the longstanding seafaring relationship between Hull and Scandinavia. It was originally the musical companion to a sound walk that took place in April, May and June 2017. Those who took part could listen to the music on headphones while crossing the Humber Bridge. Initially intended for April only, the arrangement proved so popular it ended up with selling out three months, a total of 15.000 tickets.

Whether it will be repeated in the future remains to be seen, but at least the evocative music can now be experienced on this release. Only minor adjustments have been done to justify the transition from sound walk to album.

Other than Henriksen, Aarset and Bang, the work includes important contributions from Hull sound artist Jez Riley French, providing field recordings from the bridge itself: the river below, the noise of engines, the creaking of steel wires, wheels against asphalt and the song of the reeds in the wind. Opera North´s choir and orchestra provides the necessary musical space for the soloists, and two actors and a child are reading from translated poems by Norwegian poet Nils Christian Moe-Repstad.

This is a beautiful addition to Arve Henriksen´s large and fast growing discography, and sits well with his very popular Jan Bang collaborations "Chiaroscuro" (2004) and "Places Of Worship" (2013).

The Tiki Collective - Muse (August 31, 2018)

The name Muse carries with it two meanings: Firstly as a noun, “to honour a person who is a source of artistic inspiration”, and secondly as a verb, because they “mused” over how to create a fresh new sound. The album is a blend of exotica, jazz, and pop music that will have you dreaming of beaches, palm trees, and wondrous sunsets. The melodies are timeless, while the production is modern and seamless. 

The recording features new arrangements of popular songs including “Don’t Fear The Reaper” and “The Sweetest Taboo,” as well as exquisite classic rarities such as “All Too Soon” and “Chelsea Bridge.” Also featured are original compositions “Dreaming” and “The Wanderer”.   

Muse will be released on Friday, August 31st, 2018 by Vesuvius Music and distributed worldwide by Slammin’ Media via Believe Distribution.

The release will be celebrated with a performance on Thursday, August 16th at the Berkeley Church Field House in Toronto.

Featured Vocalists

Genevieve Marentette, Joanna Majoko,  Heather Luckhart, The Willows, Lily Frost, Tyra Jutai, Melissa Lauren, Jocelyn Barth, Paget,  Jessica LaLonde, Irene Torres, Mingjia Chen,  Avery Raquel, Denielle Bassels

Eric St-Laurent - Guitar
George Koller - Electric and Acoustic Bass Great
Bob Scott -  Drums and Percussion
Attila Fias - Piano and Rhodes
Michael Davidson - Vibraphone
Ernie Tollar - Alto Sax and Flutes
Drew Jurecka - Violin
Bill McBirnie - Flute
Carlos Del Junco - Harmonica
John MacMurchy - Baritone Sax
Tom Walsh - Trombone
Jono Grant - Electric Sitar

1. I’ve Never Left Your Arms (Genevieve Marentette)  3:25
2. Harlem Nocturne  (Joanna Majoko)  2:39
3. Hypnotized  (Heather Luckhart and The Willows)  4:23
4. Mountain High, Valley Low  (Lily Frost)  3:45
5. Mood Indigo  (Tyra Jutai)  3:38
6. Don’t Fear the Reaper  (Melissa Lauren and The Willows)  2:45
7. All Too Soon  (Jocelyn Barth)  3:44
8. Sweetest Taboo  (Paget)  4:16
9. I’ll Be Seeing You  (Jessica LaLonde)  4:51
10. Quizas Quizas Quizas  (Irene Torres)  3:26
11. Chelsea Bridge  (Mingjia Chen)  5:48
12. Dreaming  (Avery Raquel)  4:40
13. The Wanderer  (Denielle Bassels)  3:05

John Pittman - Kinship (SLAMMIN' MEDIA August 24, 2018)

It has been said that a musician should “tell a story” when they play and storytelling, at its core, is really all about relationships. How characters interact, how they grow or change, and how the audience relates to, responds to or empathizes with those characters is essential. It is the relationships that bring meaning: to the story, its characters, its audience, its author. That is why Kinship is at the heart of this album; it tells the story of the relationships and experiences that inform the artist and bring meaning to the music.

Kinship is the debut solo release from Toronto- based trumpet player John Pittman (The Heavyweights Brass Band, Composer’s Collective Big Band), and features a stellar cast of musicians that were chosen in keeping with the overarching narrative of this record. Shirantha Beddage, Jeff McLeod, Mike Downes and Curtis Nowosad all share a history and a connection with John and, while they are all musical giants individually, their collective studio chemistry is palpable on this release.

Kinship is the story of the people and experiences that make us who we are; that which brings meaning to our narrative and communicates what matters most to us. Here’s hoping you find kinship with the artists through your experience of the music.

Happy birthday Tony Bennett + new album with Diana Krall!


Tony Bennett and Diana Krall celebrate their shared love of the music of George and Ira Gershwin on their new collaborative album, Love Is Here To Stay, set for a September 14th release on Verve Records/Columbia Records. Tony Bennett, who celebrates his 92nd birthday today, has been friends with Diana Krall for over 20 years and the album will be out just in time for the 120th Anniversary of George Gershwin’s birthday which takes place on September 26th.

The album was recorded with the Grammy award winning Bill Charlap Trio. The stunning result is a subtle, sophisticated and a beautifully rendered love letter to The Gershwins’ music and their status as one of the premiere songwriters of the American popular standard. The duet tracks include “Love Is Here to Stay”, “S’Wonderful,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm” to name a few. Listen to “Fascinating Rhythm” and order the album today! #LoveIsHereToStay


Wish Tony a Happy 92nd Birthday! Upload your photo or video birthday messages and he might even share it on his socials. #HappyBirthdayTony