Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Dream Logic is a contemporary jazz quartet led by vocalist and composer Sarah Jerrom, performing a diverse collection of original music written and arranged for the group by Jerrom and other and members. Drawing from the jazz tradition, Dream Logic’s music merges creative improvisation and pop-sensibilities to introduce and develop an exciting cross-genre element. The ensemble consists of four highly-skilled Canadian musicians who each actively explore and play in a variety of musical projects and genres: Harley Card on guitar and vocals, Rob McBride on acoustic bass, Jeff Luciani on drums, with Jerrom on vocals and piano. Dream Logic has been performing in and around Toronto since 2017, with a steadily growing fan base. Notable performances include the 2018 Niagara Jazz Festival and the 2019 “In The Soil” Arts Festival.
More about the artists:
Sarah Jerrom is a Canadian vocalist and composer specializing in jazz and creative music, taking her inspiration from lyric-driven melodies, genre-defying instrumentation and experimental soundscapes. Sarah’s upcoming third album, a collection of original songs recorded by her contemporary jazz quartet, “Dream Logic,” will be released Mar 26th 2021 on Three Pines Records. “Dream Logic” follows up on her critically-acclaimed releases, “The Yeats Project” (2017), featuring W.B. Yeats’s poetry set to music and orchestrated for a nine-piece chamber jazz ensemble, achieving critical praise and international airplay, and “Illuminations” (2007), encompassing original compositions, jazz-inspired arrangements of contemporary songs and traditional jazz standards. A graduate of the University of Toronto jazz program (2005), Sarah has studied composition under renowned Canadian composers Christine Jensen, Christopher Smith, Andrew Downing and Rick Wilkins (O.C.).
“… Jerrom sounds best when she is free of traditional confines.” – Robert Rusch, Cadence Magazine
Harley Card is a Toronto based guitarist and composer. In addition to leading his own groups, Harley is a member of and co-composer for the innovative Canadian bands; Hobson’s Choice, God’s Gift To Yoda, and Stoptime. As a contributor to the creative music scene in Toronto since 2003, Harley has played with many artists including; Richard Underhill, Alex Dean, Alex Samaras, David Virelles, William Carn, Michael Herring, Bernie Senensky, Michael Davidson, Don Scott, Matt Newton, Daniel Jamieson, Felicity Williams, Dave Clark, Carlie Howell, Jon Challoner, Sarah Jerrom, Colin Power, RJ Sachnanathan, Rebecca Hennessy, Dan Fortin, Ben Dietschi, Dan Gaucher, Caitlin Smith, and Ernesto Cervini, among others. - www.harleycard.ca
Rob McBride is a highly in-demand bassist and bandleader who has been performing in the Toronto jazz scene for the last 25 years, playing at many of the city’s top jazz venues. While specializing in jazz, Rob is also influenced by solo classical and improvised bass music and has incorporated creative aspects of these elements into his sound through his five-string acoustic bass. Headliner performances includes the TD Niagara Jazz Festival (2014) and the Brampton World of Jazz Festival (2017). Rob has played with some of Canada’s finest musicians, including Pat LaBarbara, Don Thompson, Ted Warren, Sarah Jerrom, and Adrean Farrugia. He has played with the pit orchestra for the Shaw Festival and the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Rob has played on many critically-acclaimed albums including recordings by Sarah Jerrom, Beverly Taft, Jeff King, and Barbara Mantini.
Jeff Luciani is a Canadian drummer and percussionist from St. Catharines, Ontario. After graduating from Mohawk College’s Applied Music Program in 2003, he began to work on establishing himself within the jazz, improvised music, singer-songwriter and Brazilian communities throughout the Niagara Region and city of Toronto. He then went on to perform throughout the world with celebrated Canadian artists: Sean Jones, The Dears, Derek Miller and Madison Violet. Jeff is currently an active member and collaborator with the groups/bands/artists; Batucada Carioca, SoundSound, Bankruptcy, Sarah Jerrom & Dream Logic, Colin Fisher, and The Dears. In addition, Jeff also works as an independent foley artist. He lives in Toronto, Canada. - www.jeffluciani.com
TuneTown is an exciting collective featuring creative Toronto mainstays, Kelly Jefferson on Tenor Saxophone, Artie Roth on Bass and Ernesto Cervini on Drums. All three members are highly-respected Juno-nominated musicians with serious band leading chops, and the combination of the three leads to some breathtaking and powerful musical moments.
The band plays imaginative re-arrangements of standards, and originals from all three members. They released their debut album, There From Here in September 2019 to rave reviews across the globe with Peter Hum from the Ottawa Citizen remarking, “TuneTown's debut disc makes a strong first impression with its rugged swinging, lucid improvising, sonic exploration and forthright teamwork.”
1. Hello, Today (Cervini) 5:07
2. Entering Utopia (Roth) 4:51
3. Layla Tov (Cervini) 5:16
4. Billyish (Cervini) 3:48
5. Flood, Deluge (Cervini, Jefferson, Roth) 3:34
6. Look Down (Cervini, Jefferson, Roth) 1:01
7. Sycamore (Roth) 6:36
8. Cheryl (Charlie Parker, arr. Cervini, Jefferson, Roth) 5:45
9. Sgraffito (Cervini, Jefferson, Roth) 0:49
10. Memories Remain (Roth) 6:09
11. Looking Glass (Cervini, Jefferson, Roth) 0:30
12. Blue Gardenia (Bob Russel, Lester Lee, arr. Cervini, Jefferson, Roth) 3:18
The first recording trumpeter Al Muirhead was ever involved in was recorded in 1953. He was 18 years old, playing in a small dance band at the Waterton Lakes Dance Hall in southern Alberta. A gentleman at the venue had just purchased a new direct to disc recording unit, and asked if he could record the concert.
Al still treasures that live recording experience to this day. Now here we are, 67 years later, as Muirhead releases his first vinyl LP as a bandleader – recorded live to disc at two of Canada’s finest jazz clubs. As Al recalls, LP’s were his preferred way to listen to music in his younger days, and he is happy to see them gaining in popularity again.
After such a long and storied career, it was high time to capture Muirhead’s playing – and the music he loves – live in concert. The idea was to plan a setlist of jazz standards ahead of time, while also allowing for organic, real-time improvisation and in-the-moment decision making – after all, some of jazz history’s best performances have been spontaneous, single takes! And with his 2020 JUNO-nominated quintet on hand, the sessions were sure to include more than a few magical moments.
This recording project speaks to the concept of legacy. It captures the organic nature of live jazz, where each performance is unique from one night to the next. This is a live on the bandstand recording that couldn’t be replicated in a studio. There is no option for overdubs or retakes here. It’s a pure representation of the musicianship that Al and his bandmates have brought to the Canadian cultural landscape for so many years. What you are hearing on this recording is the result of two evenings from that 2018 tour at the Yardbird Suite in Edmonton, Alberta and at Frankie’s Jazz Club in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Al Muirhead: bass trumpet & trumpet
Kelly Jefferson: tenor saxophone
Reg Schwager: guitar (2-4, 9)
Jim Head: guitar (1, 5-8)
Neil Swainson: bass
Jesse Cahill: drums (2-4, 9)
Ted Warren: drums (1, 5-8)
1. Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With (Al Muirhead Quintet: Live From Frankies & The Yardbird) 05:10
2. Joy Spring (Al Muirhead Quintet: Live From Frankies & The Yardbird) 05:34
3. Intermission Song (Al Muirhead Quintet: Live From Frankies & The Yardbird) 00:26
4. A Tune For Cal (Al Muirhead Quintet: Live From Frankies & The Yardbird) 07:38
5. Mona Lisa (Al Muirhead Quintet: Live From Frankies & The Yardbird) 06:05
6. Emily (Al Muirhead Quintet: Live From Frankies & The Yardbird) 06:19
7. Four Brothers (Al Muirhead Quintet: Live From Frankies & The Yardbird) 06:48
8. Tenor Madness (Al Muirhead Quintet: Live From Frankies & The Yardbird) 07:21
Cornerstone Records proudly presents Very Well & Good, a new recording by bassist Richard Whiteman’s longstanding quartet, featuring master guitarist Reg Schwager, pianist Amanda Tosoff and drummer Morgan Childs. The quartet is joined on several tracks by tenor saxophone giants Pat LaBarbera and Mike Murley.
Richard considers this recording his finest and most personal to date because it successfully combines the directness and groove of straight ahead swinging jazz with the lyricism and textural beauty he loves in classical music and in the music of pianist Bill Evans.
The program includes nine striking Whiteman compositions, one standard, and one tune each from Amanda Tosoff and engineer/drummer/pianist André White.
1. Very Well and Good (R. Whiteman) 5:20
2. Not so Early (R. Whiteman) 4:38
3. Re-enRe-entry (A. Tosoff) 6:06
4. Waltz for Zeke (R. Whiteman) 3:47
5. It Is What It Is - for John Sumners (R. Whiteman) 2:11
6. Selohssa (R. Whiteman) 7:05
7. Residue (André White) 5:32
8. Mangoes (D. Libbey, S. Wayne) 4:36
9. Pat and Mike (R. Whiteman) 7:26
10. La Belle Époche (R. Whiteman) 4:30
11. Right Here, Right Now, with You (R. Whiteman) 4:23
12. Dancing with Zeke (R. Whiteman) 6:18
Richard Whiteman: bass
Reg Schwager: guitar
Amanda Tosoff: piano
Morgan Childs: drums
Merging the deep, powerful messages of poetry with adventurous modern jazz, Toronto-based pianist/composer Amanda Tosoff leads a hybrid ensemble with strings and seven rotating vocalists on Earth Voices, the follow-up to her Juno Award-nominated 2016 release Words (“a grand achievement” – CBC Radio). The album is being released by Empress Music Group, a label and company founded by award-winning vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow.
Featuring the poetry of: Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Rumi, Pablo Neruda and more; plus Tosoff’s arrangements of songs by: Joni Mitchell, Mike Ross (Soulpepper Theatre), and Yo-Yo Ma’s Goat Rodeo Session project.
"With Words, she's raised and broadened her game, and delivers lots of sonic beauty with an album that blurs pop, classical, folk and jazz. The disc's level of craft is very high, the music's very moving.” – Peter Hum (Ottawa Citizen)
”Its very title warns jazz purists to expect they’re about to discover a whole lot more than jazz. That’s precisely what’s to be expected from emerging composers like Tosoff whose career, mostly lots of “straight ahead modern jazz” early on, has evolved. Words speaks vigorously about that evolution and about jazz’s evolution as well.” – Peter Goddard (Toronto Star)
Featuring the voices of:
Emilie-Claire Barlow, Laila Biali, Michelle Willis, Lydia Persaud, Robin Dann, Felicity Williams, and Alex Samaras
Kelly Jefferson (soprano sax)
Allison Au (alto sax)
Amanda Tosoff (piano)
Alex Goodman (guitar)
Jon Maharaj (bass)
Morgan Childs (drums)
Aline Homzy (violin)
Jeremy Potts (violin)
Laurence Schaufele (viola)
Beth Silver (cello)
Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Rumi, Pablo Neruda and Marjorie Pickthall
Track 6 - Joni Mitchell
Track 5 - Mike Ross (Soulpepper Theatre)
Track 3 - Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, Aoife O'Donovan (from Yo-Yo Ma’s Goat Rodeo Sessions project)
All arrangements by Amanda Tosoff
1. Earth Voices Sample Clips (#1, 5 & 3) 02:01
2. A Dream Within a Dream (feat. Emilie-Claire Barlow) 05:04
3. Sonnet 49 (feat. Robin Dann) 05:25
4. Here and Heaven (feat. Michelle Willis and Alex Samaras) 05:20
5. Birdwings (feat. Alex Samaras) 05:27
6. Oh, Life (feat. Laila Biali & Alex Samaras) 06:14
7. The Fiddle and the Drum (feat. Lydia Persaud) 06:26
8. To a Stranger (feat. Felicity Williams) 05:59
9. Finis (feat. Emilie-Claire Barlow) 05:51