Wednesday, September 13, 2017



“There are many borders in our lives. Some are built by others, some we create for ourselves. Whenever I have ventured beyond the borders in my life, I have been the better for it. Beauty, humanity, artistry, joy, wisdom, and of course love…these things don’t stop at some line on a page. If music is the universal language, maybe there is something it can teach us?”… Jesse Cook Following on the heels of One World’s critical and commercial success, Jesse Cook is ready to launch his new album Beyond Borders. This is the most sonically diverse and distinctive disc in Jesse Cook’s vast and varied catalogue. This catalogue has earned Jesse 11 Juno nominations and one Juno win for 2000’s Free Fall. Beyond Borders is an in depth musical journey exploring the exotic boundaries of World Music.


Crowd Company, the critically acclaimed 8-piece funk soul outfit, has confirmed details on their upcoming album Stone & Sky, due out October 20th on the newly minted indie imprint Vintage League Music (VLM), founded by Soulive’s Alan Evans. The eleven-track album is also produced by Evans at the infamous Iron Wax Studio in Millers Falls, MA and will be available on vinyl, CD, and digitally. The lead single, “Saw You Yesterday” is available now on all digital retailers and will be featured on 7-inch vinyl b/w “Can’t Get Enough” forthcoming in the next month and is the first in a series of three 7-inch singles (distributed by Fat Beats) from the album. “Saw You Yesterday” captures a late 60s soul funk vibe including an epic feel and catchy hooks from the outset. Uplifting choruses feature 4-part backing vocals and is topped with Alan Evan’s guest musicianship. The song is just one example of how the band evokes the spirit of the 60s and early 70s funk as well as modern day funk jam bands whilst also focusing on strong soulful songwriting. Crowd Company are renowned for their dynamic and engaging live performances. The band has drawn accolades from their musical peers and have shared the stage with the likes of George Porter Jr. from The Meters, Daptone’s Saun & Starr, Alan Evans Trio, The New Mastersounds, and Monophonics. You can catch their London record release party on 
October 18th at The Scotch of St James.


Proclaiming her crafts as a composer, arranger and vocalist, Sarah Jerrom’s latest album, The Yeats Project, is an exciting and imaginative follow up to her critically acclaimed debut CD, Illuminations. The Yeats Project is a contemporary chamber jazz group that features the poetry of William Butler Yeats. With original music and arrangements by Sarah Jerrom, the featured poems reflect upon themes such as spirituality, life as an artist, death, defeat and love. The group’s 9-piece instrumentation is comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass and a traditional jazz rhythm section with Jerrom on vocals. The ensemble, led by conductor Tom Richards, features some of Toronto’s top established and emerging musicians. Blending the elements of jazz, improvisation and classical music, The Yeats Project presents the words of W.B. Yeats set to music in a completely unprecedented style and approach. This distinctive interpretation and the ensemble’s unique combination of instruments played by a specially formed group of top-flight, multi-influenced musicians makes The Yeats Project a rarity in terms of concept and sound. The album will be released on Friday, October 27th, 2017.

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