ERIC ALEXANDER – SONG OF NO REGRETS
Eric Alexander is in familiar company here, but he also seems to be using the setting to open up a bit more in terms of his color and groove – sometimes with a looser groove, sometimes with even a gentler approach to his phrasing – but always with that never-ending sense of imagination that we've always loved in his music! Alongside bassist John Webber, drummer Joe Farnsworth, and pianist David Hazeltine, the group also features Alex Diaz on percussion – who brings a bit of complexity to the rhythms, in a mighty nice way – and changes things up from the bottom, in ways that Eric seems to respond to with his horn. The album also features trumpeter Jon Faddis on a few tracks – and his sense of color also seems to bring out a slightly different vibe in Alexander, as the tenor responds in contrast to the more familiar sparkle of Jon's horn. Titles include "Mas Que Nada", "Grinder", "Corazon Perdido", "These Three Words", and "But Here's The Thing". ~ Dusty Groove
ILIOS STERYANNIS – BETHANY PROJECT
Ilios Steryannis is a jazz drummer and composer from Toronto. He has just announced his brand new album called "Bethany Project" coming out in January of 2018, and it is one of the most anticipated albums of the coming year. The album was recorded in July of 2017 at Number 9 Audio Group, with highly acclaimed SOCAN award winning producer and guitarist Eric St-Laurent at the helm. The album features a wide variety of styles, moods and textures, ranging from Coltranesque post bop to charging West African grooves, with some Mediterranean and Afro-Cuban flavours mixed in. Two time JUNO nominee Sundar Viswanathan is featured on all tracks, playing alto and soprano saxophones.
JAZZPROFILACTIKA – TICK TOCK
The music on the album Tick Tock reflects the differences in tastes and styles of the members of the group. To guarantee a perfect mix all band members participated in the composing of each track. The result: an album with a variety of stories and moods. Why is the album called Tick Tock? The production process of the album took longer then initially imagined. This was in the first place due to the creative production methods they chose, as well as several personal circumstances among which the passing of Ivan Boyadzhiev, their close friend and the initial sound engineer and recording studio owner for this album. Time is relative ... some friendships absolute. For this album the group chose to use a different Concert Pitch (A4=432Hz). For more information visit their website: www.jazzprofilactika.com