The Montreal born and based JUNO Award, Prix Félix, and OPUS Award winning and internationally acclaimed contemporary jazz pianist, composer and bandleader François Bourassa will lead his longstanding quartet on a Canadian jazz festival tour presenting the music from his recently released album Number 9 (see dates below) on Effendi Records (Naxos). Bourassa is especially thrilled to embark on this tour with this quartet all the original players from the recording recognized for elements of mystery, fantasy and passion that offer unprecedented angles and sound spaces in addition to a deep and telepathic complicity among its members: André Leroux (reeds), Guy Boisvert (bass) and Greg Ritchie (drums). The François Bourassa Quartet will launch the tour in Toronto on June 27th and continue west and then back home east culminating in a momentous celebration at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on July 3rd. "I am so excited to tour and play our new music from the last album at these great Canadian jazz festivals", said Bourassa.
AUDRA MCDONALD – SING HAPPY
Decca Gold is proud to announce the forthcoming release of Sing Happy, the live performance of the New York Philharmonic’s 2018 Spring Gala starring Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, conducted by Andy Einhorn. Recorded live on May 1 at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, the recording represents McDonald’s first collaboration with Decca Gold – as well as her first solo recording with full orchestra. Sing Happy features many songs that are either new to McDonald’s repertoire or have never before been recorded by her – such as “I Am What I Am” from La Cage aux Folles, “Vanilla Ice Cream” from She Loves Me, and “Children Will Listen” from Into The Woods– and offers a sneak peek at the repertoire she’s performing on her upcoming North American concert tour.
EDDIE DANIELS – HEART OF BRAZIL
Off the heels of Resonance's acclaimed 2017 archival release Just Friends - Live at the Village Vanguard from 1988, jazz clarinet master Eddie Daniels has a brand new project paying tribute to the world-renowned Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist, Egberto Gismonti. Heart of Brazil features Daniels with the top-shelf trio of pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Kevin Axt, drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, plus the Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet. With new arrangements by Ted Nash, Kuno Schmid and Josh Nelson, Heart of Brazil collects songs from Gismonti's classic early 1970s albums on EMI Records, such as his self-titled 1973 album, Água e Vinho (1972) and others. The album was produced by Resonance president George Klabin, who has known Daniels since the 1960's and recorded him with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Klabin has long felt Gismonti's work has been under-appreciated and that there was no one better to pull off an incredible tribute to the Brazilian maestro than Eddie Daniels. Gismonti says in his interview with acclaimed author James Gavin, "When I heard the record I felt immense joy...The repertoire spans a rich period of my composing. What a great present for my seventy years of life."