Take Five 2019 and Sounds of Canada

The 14th edition of TAKE FIVE UK took place this year between February 23rd and March 2nd at the usual venue in England. Serious, the music production company that organises the event, picked 8 young and upcoming musicians to learn about the music business in all its aspects – from performance coaching, to finance, funding, marketing, legal and film making. All this loosened up by music sessions. I have since many years the honour to talk about the music business, labels, international career building etc. at these events and found this year a bunch of open and interested artists. The participants were:

Abel Selaocoe – cello and vocals

Cherise Adams-Burnett – vocals and flute

Chris Ryan – drums and vocals

Daniel Casimir – double bass and bass guitar

Emma-Jean Thackray – trumpet, vocals and electronics

Faye Maccalman – saxophone and clarinet

Jonathan Chung – saxophone

Sam Healey – saxophone and electronics

Most of these young artists are covering musically more than just jazz… from classical to world music and electronic music, there is everything here … no borders, all individually a way to express oneself. During the jam session I was lucky enough to be able to hear, they performed with a confidence betraying their young age and with some wonderful ideas .. they started the session with Roy Hargrove’s composition Strasbourg/St. Denis and let it flow and gave space to improvisations that enhanced the melody of this beautiful song. All eight musicians were carefully listening to each other, following an idea, letting the other go ahead to solo, still adding something to the overall sound and feel of the improvised piece. Lots of talent here and lots of acts to see how they will develop in the coming years … watch out for these musicians!!!  More Info about this you can find here: https://serious.org.uk/what-we-do/work-with-artists/talent-development/take-five



Sounds of Canada:

Jim Brenan 11 – 50/50     February saw the release of the album 50/50 by composer, arranger and sax player Jim Brenan’s 11-piece band featuring Sean Craig, Mike Gardner and Sarah Matheson-Nadeau on saxes, Craig Brenan and Carsten Rubeling on trombones, Jim Murray and Sergio Rodriguez on trumpets, Chris Andrew on keyboards, Rubim De Toledo on bass, Jamie Cooper on drums and Raul Tabera on percussion. Great modern jazz compositions, wonderful ensemble play and individual Soli make this record worth checking out. Key tracks: Tigers Milk, Fant-O-Max and Jocasta.

Dave Young – Lotus Blossom       Veteran bass player Young releases Lotus Blossom with the help of wonderful pianist Renee Rosnes, Reg Schwager on guitar, Terry Clarke on drums, Bernie Senensky on piano, Kevin Turcotte on trumpet and Perry White on tenor sax. Especially the two tracks with Rosnes are noteworthy, as she plays perfectly and full of understanding of the composition, giving it additional emotional content. Schwager is a great player with wonderful sound and his Soli are throughout very beautiful. The other guests add much to the tracks they appearing on and together they overall have created a traditional jazz album of top quality.

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