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Put some fruit in your turban, smoke a Cuban, shake your maracas and listen to the boys sing da dah dah dada... A summer tune with lots of Latin brass.
20 is the Toronto Jazz Orchestra's fourth independently released album. Recorded in May, 2017 at Revolution Recording in Toronto, it showcases for the composition and arranging work of Josh Grossman, the TJO's artistic director. It is a celebration of both the TJO’s 20th anniversary, and of Grossman’s evolution as an Artistic Director, composer, and arranger. By focusing on unusual repertoire and special projects (The Radiohead Jazz Project, performances with gospel choir and tap dancers), The Toronto Jazz Orchestra has established itself as one of Toronto’s most exciting big bands. With its 20th anniversary coming soon - and nearly ten years since the ensemble’s last studio recording - the time is right for 20. The seven original compositions and single arrangement that comprise 20 were all written by Grossman between 2009 and 2016, with the most recent work (Georgie and Rose) completed specifically for this recording. The album's repertoire reflects the wide range of musical influences that inform Grossman’s approach to programming and composing: traditional big band swing, funk, rock, hip-hop, samba, and free jazz. 20 will be released worldwide on Friday, June 22nd 2018.
Georgie and Rose; Brad's Prudence; 4 PN Mvt. I: The Land of 2 and 4;; 4 PN Mvt. II: Under a Treeful; 4 PN Mvt. III: Birdsong; 4 PN Mvt. IV: Flat 10 Strikes Again; Reflection; The Blob.
Josh Grossman: artistic director, conductor; Chris Roberts: soprano sax, alto sax, flute; Jake Koffman: alto sax, flute; Paul Metcalfe: tenor sax, clarinet; Chris Hunsburger: tenor sax, clarinet; Shirantha Beddage: baritone sax, bass clarinet; Steve Dyte: lead trumpet; James Rhodes: trumpet; Alexander Brown: trumpet; John Pittman trumpet; Christian Overton: lead trombone; Pat Blanchard: trombone; Mark Grieve: trombone; Sylvain Bédard: bass trombone; Todd Elsliger: guitar; Carissa Neufeld: piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer; Mark Godfrey: acoustic bass, electric bass; Ben Ball: drums; Luis Orbegoso: percussion.
June 19, 2018
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