The October Trio featuring Brad Turner: Looks Like It`s Going To To Snow

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kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: plastikowe etui
opis: - ocena * * * * 1/2
The October Trio powstało w Vancouver w 2004 roku. Od początku tworzą je Josh Cole na kontrabasie, Dan Gaucher za perkusją i Evan Arntzen na saksofonach. W nagraniu płyty "Looks Like It`s Going To To Snow" gościnnie wziął udział trębacz Brad Turner, współpracownik Joe Lovano, Kenny'ego Wheelera, Johna Scofielda, Michaela Moore'a, Renee Rosnes, Kenny'ego Wernera, czy Erniego Wattsa.
Panowie tworzący zespół nie tracą czasu na odgrywanie evergeenów, "Looks Like It`s Going To To Snow" to chwytająca za serce szkoła nowego jazzowego smaku, prawdziwa szkoła współczesności. Pozbawione pretensjonalności, oszczędne, perfekcyjnie zakomponowane struktury i improwizacje prowadzą do klarownych tematów, tchnących wyrafinowaną nowoczesną elegancją.

Dzięki The October Trio hasło "jazz" skrzy się świeżym, pociągającym blaskiem, muzycy przywołują esencję jazzowej ekspresji - improwizację. Przy tym nie wpadają w pułapkę estetyzacji. Dziesiątki hochsztaplerów i kombinatorów określa się mianem prawdziwych nowatorów, to niestety pochodna skrócenia drogi pomiędzy artystą a słuchaczem. Z tą płytą jest inaczej. Dziesięć kawałków, wqypełniających album, to jak pisał James Hale w DownBeat “the interplay between the dark, rich melodies and the rhythmic material Cole and drummer Dan Gaucher work with gives the recording its depth…a CD with a tangible sense of place.”
autor: Mateusz Krępski
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Songlines likes working with young artists as well as more established ones. The October Trio was formed in Vancouver in 2004 when all three were in the Capilano College jazz program. The immediate chemistry led to a decision to focus on a deeper exploration of the sax trio format, but as Dan Gaucher puts it, “Our ideas started out very music specific and have gradually moved more into conceptual and expressive/emotional territory.” Two tours of western Canadian festivals grew the music and the band concept further. They won the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the 2006 Vancouver jazz festival and in 2007 were nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for jazz album of the year (Day In, Cellar Live). In 2008 they performed at the National Jazz Awards in Toronto and played a sold-out weekend at Montreal’s Upstairs Jazz Club. In 2006 they formed a mentor-like relationship with Brad Turner, one of Canada’s most honoured jazz musicians and certainly one of our most accomplished and versatile trumpeters, equally at home in the progressive mainstream and creative music (he appears on Songlines releases by Michael Blake, Dylan van der Schyff and Chris Gestrin). Brad produced Day In and Snow, and all the compositions on Snow were written specifically for the augmented lineup. Good as the trio is on their own, there’s a fine synergy at work here based on mutual admiration and a shared aesthetic, a finely-honed approach that gives equal consideration to individual storytelling and 4-way conversations, formal concision and a more expansive, imagistic or cinematic approach.

Another thing that characterizes this music is respect for the entire jazz tradition, from New Orleans polyphony to the avant-garde – but not to the exclusion of input from rock and elsewhere. Josh Cole, the trio’s main composer, cites Bjork and Wayne Shorter as major inspirations: “Both have the ability to make one small idea have a lot of impact. But upon further investigation of the ‘one small idea’ you realize that it’s surrounded by some rather sophisticated concepts regarding form, phrasing and space. My observation was that by focusing in on one idea, and trying to give it a lot of weight, that allows for the performers to really emotionally invest and explore the idea at a level that might not be possible if you were to present them with a bunch of different ideas in one song.” Evan Arntzen adds: “We know each other pretty well now and when we play we can bring whatever experiences, musical or otherwise, into the mix and have it feel fresh and new. Anyone can speak up at any time, and since it’s a fairly stark form of instrumentation, i.e. no chords, that makes it easy to do this.” Brad Turner says simply: “For me as a trumpet player this project has been a rejuvenating experience, in some ways reminding me how I approached music earlier in my career. There is true sincerity in what these fellows do as a group, and a serious energy to how they distill their musical concepts.”

After a Canadian jazz festivals tour next summer the October Trio will continue without Turner, but this record will stand as a heartfelt example of the art of collaboration in jazz. As critic Greg Buium writes in the liner notes, “The disc feels like a culmination and a celebration: a forever set-list crafted on the bandstand and then in the studio….Everything acts as an invitation to open things up – sonic and emotional space, an unburdened framework for improvisation.”

7 out of 10 “This release leaps to the ear with melody, groove, intelligence, and a heaping dose of personality…Among the marvelous elements of Going to Snow is the way it easily and off-handedly incorporates funk and rock elements without becoming a collection that is dominated by a backbeat aesthetic.”
by Will Layman, PopMatters.Com

* * * 1/2 “The interplay between the dark, rich melodies and the rhythmic material Cole and drummer Dan Gaucher work with gives the recording its depth…a CD with a tangible sense of place.”
by James Hale, DownBeat

“…excellent…Snow has no shortage of strengths, from intriguing compositions to extraordinarily inventive players, but at its core it really is all about the ensemble.”
by Michael J. West, Jazz Times

4 out of 5 "There's plenty here for the traditional jazz fan to like, but there are some points where they definitely would lose the casual listener. Although The October Trio + Brad Turner show great skills and promise, they may need to focus their pieces a bit more in the studio (live performances could be a completely different matter). There is mention of the trio continuing on without Brad's involvement, so I see this release as a great introduction to both artists. If they are in your area, check out either The October Trio or Brad Turner. If you can see them together, even better"
by Tim Hamm,

“Looks Like It’s Going To Snow had the goods to please several crowds, from hardcore jazz fans to younger listeners open to different but engrossing music made by their peers.”

* * * * ‘The Progress Suite’ serves to conceptualize the music and the approach of the band. Freedom and composition work in tandem and in juxtaposition. The melody sings a delightful song and then disappears, leaving the field for Arntzen and Turner to set out again on the paths their imaginations unfurl. They do so in the lockstep of seamless parallel lines and by ricocheting off each other. Surprise springs up constantly. Lush and sparse, fragmented and whole, detailed ornamentation and scraggly linearity are clasped in indelible logic.”

“The music is never too predictable in its direction, proceeding with a quiet urgency, and the trio’s conversational interplay has become all the more rewarding with the addition of Turner.”
Signal to Noise

“…a mature piece of soundcraft for an ensemble still in their 20s…With such economy of expression in this trio, there is an understanding of the importance of silence in this music, the superfluous boiled away in the process of its creation.”
Coda Magazine

“The October Trio with Brad Turner is performing some of the freshest, vital contemporary jazz on the Canadian scene today.”
by Ken Pickering, Artistic Director, Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Evan Arntzen: tenor saxophone
Brad Turner: trumpet and flugelhorn
Josh Cole: acoustic bass
Dan Gaucher: drums

1. You're Trying Too Hard [6:06]
2. Found [5:58]
3. Springs [6:06]
4. Flip [0:49]
5. Give (Sidnye Carton) [8:16]
6. Stutter Step [1:42]
7. Looks Like It's Going To Snow [8:03]
8. Bird Colony [3:06]
9. The Progress Suite [16:37]
10. Wait [3:51]

All compositions by Josh Cole except 3 by Dan Gaucher; 4, 6 & 8 are improvisations.

wydano: 01-2011
24 bit/88.2K recording

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