Progressive power jazz trio Myriad3, out of Toronto, released their sophomore album The Where last June on Alma records. It got a few plays on Anthony’s The Line-Up upon release, but it hadn’t come to my attention before the band released a video clip for the single “der Trockner” about a month ago. This led me to obtaining the album which features Chris Donnelly on piano, Dan Fortin on bass and Ernesto Cervini on drums. The Where is an interestingly crafted album which shows true potential and maturity for the relatively young band. Reminiscent of The Bad Plus, e.s.t., Vijay Iyer and even Brad Mehldau, the trio nonetheless showcases a compelling range of emotions and styles from the explosive “First Flight” and “Brown” to the soothing “Strong One” by way of the humorous “Bebob Medley” and the contemplative “The Where” and “Don’t You Think”. This album is well worth listening to and we will surely be looking forward to this band’s next release. In the mean time, check out the EPK and the video clip for the single “der Trockner” below the jump.
Multi-instrumentalist Jarryd Torff is at it again. We first covered Torff under his former moniker Cyrus back in 2013. He’s since joined Nikky Yanosky’s band as a saxophonist on top of DJing around Canada and the US under his own name. Which brings us to Islands his new EP now available on Soundcloud. This refreshing and upbeat EP of electronic music with tinges of jazz features Torff on saxophone, keys, synths and electric bass (as well as production) and Dan Bano on guitar and vocals. We thoroughly enjoyed the sixteen minutes of music produced by Torff which features a crafty use of samples and intoxicating beats. Most notable is “Fall in the City (40 West)” which brilliantly samples Frank Sinatra’s version of “Autumn in New York”. Check out Islands below the jump which “gleams from start to finish” according to THUMP and is hailed as “sonically refreshing and immediately danceable” by Exclaim!.
Pianist Aron Ottignon has been staying busy. He's spent much of the last year touring with French pop act Woodkid and putting together his upcoming EP, Starfish. Around this time last year, we first heard that EP's title track. Now, Ottignon has dropped a new video for another single from Starfish, the hypnotically good "Waterfalls in Tanzania", what's probably the most replayable, super dope song he's dropped since "Happy Song" off 2006's Culture Tunnels. The video uses footage of Ottignon playing 40 different pianos throughout Europe in his brief respites while touring with Woodkid. It's a really cool video to match an even cooler song. Check it out after the jump.
It's another live show this week which I think came together rather well considering it was the sole purpose for me to emerge from my warm house and a constant binge of House of Cards (to which I returned promptly home after wrapping this show up and finished the third season at 3am) to make this week's show.
The Line-Up for 27 February 2015