Friday, April 02, 2021

New Music Releases: The Heavyweights Brass Band, Clare Foster, Jimmy Lee

The Heavyweights Brass Band - American Woman

In the first follow up to their 2018 album, This City, The Heavyweights Brass Band pays tribute to one of Canada’s most notable rock bands, The Guess Who. Recorded live from their performance as part of Toronto’s Jazz FM 2020 Bachman + Bachman live stream event, the brass band is releasing their cover of “American Woman” for digital streaming and downloading. The Heavyweights Brass Band has built a reputation as Canada’s reigning champions of feel­-good horn music. Over the last decade, they have toured extensively and shared the stage with Trombone Shorty, The Roots, Galactic, and The Soul Rebels, among many others. Their unique style never fails to move any audience and has earned them a loyal following from fans across all genres. 

Clare Foster - Kumbhaka

This album reflects Clare’s love of the American songbook and celebrates the diverse rhythms found throughout Latin America, also featuring three original songs.It presents fifteen grooves from around the Hispanic and Portuguese world, each one with its own unique feel and sound. Candombe from Uruguay exhibits the complexity of Latin rhythms which provides a backdrop for the standard, “I’ll Remember April”; Cole Porter’s “Just One Of Those Things” is given a Puerto Rican Bomba treatment, with a nod to the four trumpet sound of La Sonora Ponceña. This project is a melting pot of colour, carnival and diversity. There is a freshness of approach and concept that pays homage to the richness of these beautiful compositions and rhythmic experiences. Kumbhaka - The Space Between Each Breath “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our responselies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl

Jimmy Lee - Lovely Day

On May 17, 2016, Jimmy was inducted into The Legends of Vinyl Hall of Fame, R&B Artist category. He is currently touring with Blue Magic as a singer (second tenor) in the group’s front line, while continuing to perform as a solo artist. Jimmy is currently signed to SOCIETY HILL RECORDS and recently released a critically acclaimed full-length album with production by label head Butch Ingram. One of the standout tracks on the album was a fresh take on Bill Withers late 70s classic, “Lovely Day.” Featured here is a brand-new remix of the track, complete with a bonus instrumental mix.

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