A Word From The Wise by Chet Doxas
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The Doxas brothers have been making music together since they were in the crib. Raised in a musical home to the sounds of their father George conducting full choir rehearsals in the living room and hosting jam sessions in their home studio, it wasn’t long before Jim and Chet were able join in and their musical paths were ignited ahead of them. By the time they had reached their mid-teens, despite their parents’ concerns, both brothers had begun working regularly in nightclubs. They caught the tail end of what could be the called the “good old days“ of Montreal. Early work found them playing together in dance bands, at rock ’n roll clubs, society parties, on radio shows, and even in burlesque reviews. Since those early days, Jim and Chet have gone on to tour the world with many of the greatest names in jazz, including Carla Bley, Oliver Jones, Dave Douglas, John Abercrombie, Steve Swallow, Joe Lovano and many more. Their new group the Doxas Brothers represents two musicians with a deep bond sharing their vision in a quartet setting. Bassist Adrian Vedady is a long-time associate of both brothers. He and Jim have played at Upstairs Jazz Bar in Montreal every Monday night for the last ten years, and have developed a musical bond that is unmistakably theirs – adventurous, sensitive and fresh. Marc Copland was a clear choice to add to the group. The ECM pianist is world renowned for his crystalline sound and his ability to explore and find subtleties in the music where others cannot. Marc, Jim and Adrian have performed together as a trio for the last several years, and with the addition of Chet on saxophone make the Doxas Brothers a band with deep roots, creating a group sound that is entirely their own. The Circle was released worldwide on Friday, October 23rd, 2020 on Justin Time Records. From Chet "This piece was inspired by a musical hero of ours whom Jim and I both had the pleasure of working with - the great jazz pianist, Hank Jones. Jim played drums on the recording session, while I was asked to provide some musical arrangements. When I showed up to the studio to deliver the sheet music to Mr.Jones, I was surprised by how tall and limber he was for a ninety-one-year-old! As he shook my hand, he told me and my brother that if we wanted to live as long as he, that we should “stay away from wild women and booze.” While we were grateful for the advice, it was too late."
Uno A La Vez; Temporal; Fourteen Daughters; Old Sport; A Word From The Wise; Objets Nécessaires; Joan's Song; Another Soap Box; Goodbye.
- The Circle by Dan Bilawsky
December 5, 2020
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