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The Monks of Oka by TuneTown

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Album Title: There From Here
Slammin Media
Released: 2019

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Fiona's Comments

Spirited and joyful.

About the Album

There From Here is the exciting debut album from Canada’s newest collective, chordless trio, TuneTown. Formed in 2015, TuneTown pools the creativity of three of Canada’s top jazz improvisers; Kelly Jefferson (Saxophones), Artie Roth (Bass) and Ernesto Cervini (Drums). The group performs original music composed by and for the trio, bringing together three distinct musical voices on material that runs the gamut, from intense to sublime. Seamlessly assimilating elements from the avant-garde, funk, and jazz worlds, There From Here is a welcome addition to the saxophone trio tradition. The album plays out like a story, intended to be listened to from top to bottom. In today’s “shuffle” society, this is a breath of fresh air. Starting with A Sonic Handshake, the listener is welcomed into the world of TuneTown. What follows is a series of tunes and moods, ranging from the swinging Monks of Oka (dedicated to the great Thelonious Monk) to the sublime closer, A Transient Space. In between, there are also 2 standards arranged by the band; a gorgeous reworking of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Lady and a swinging reharmonization of Cole Porter’s All of You. In addition, the listener is treated to the cheeky nature of the group with The Mayor: a nod to municipal leaders of the world, and a tip of the cap to Toronto’s more “colourful” mayors from past years. There From Here will be officially released worldwide on Friday, September 20th, 2019. The album is available from Slammin Media and distributed worldwide by Believe Distribution.

Track Listing

A Sonic Handshake; The Monks of Oka; As She Wonders; Sophisticated Lady; Split Infinity; All of You; The Mayor; Infinity Past; Kindling; A Transient Space.

Personnel

TuneTown
TuneTown

band/orchestra

Kelly Jefferson
Kelly Jefferson

saxophone, tenor

Artie Roth
Artie Roth

bass, acoustic

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Date featured

August 27, 2019

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