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Perspective by Beth McKenna

From the album

Album Title: Beyond Here
Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021


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About the Album

Born in Nova Scotia and a Montrealer since 2008, Beth McKenna is one of Montreal’s most versatile saxophonists, bandleaders, and composers. A Prix Opus Laureate (Concert of the Year – Jazz/World Music) and a 2-time finalist for Revelations Radio-Canada (Jazz), Beth has studied with a wide range of jazz music’s top voices, including Christine Jensen, Darcy James Argue, Jim McNeely, Rémi Bolduc, John Roney, and Chet Doxas. Written almost entirely prior to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, McKenna’s new album Beyond Here was inspired by the impact we as humans have on the world around us. From conflict and climate change, to the fusion of North American culture with global influences, Beyond Here is pure energy from start-to-finish, pushing a sense of urgency to reflect on where we stand with our planet, and how our actions can echo far beyond the present. This album mixes a wide range of influences: from Pat Metheny to Brad Mehldau, Snarky Puppy to Jacob Collier, and from Pink Floyd to the Brian Blade Fellowship. As a composer, McKenna writes with plenty of room for improvisation and spontaneous musical conversation, with a diverse pallet of colours and shifting rhythmic textures in each piece. As the album weaves from darker to more upbeat moments, McKenna’s unique through-composed approach to writing breaks through traditional jazz forms, creating a strong narrative that runs through the album from start to finish. Beyond Here will be released worldwide on Friday, October 22nd 2021.

Song Listing

Intro: Beyond Here; Perspectives; Interlude: Not Alone; Streets Of Mexico City; Interlude: Finding A Place; Far From Familiar Ground; McKennaTides; Divided To One; Interlude: Indifference; Letting Go; Interlude: Human Malfunction; Running Out; After The Storm; Ele(tro)phant.


Beth McKenna
saxophone, tenor
Francois Jalbert
guitar, electric
Olivier Babaz

Additional Personnel

Beth McKenna: flute, clarinet; Gulliame Matineau: NORD, Wurlitzer, Rhodes; Sarah Rossy: vocals (2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13).


Date featured

November 1, 2021

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