Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

3

The University of Toronto 12tet: Trillium Falls

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
This is an altogether sunny and pleasing session by the splendid University of Toronto 12tet, which sounds at times like a full-fledged big band, at others like a leaner and more even-tempered chamber jazz group. The songs and arrangements, most by members of the ensemble (including a couple by director Terry Promane), are lush and lyrical, with good use made on several numbers by the voice of Jacqueline Teh whose vocalese serves as an auxiliary instrument to add warmth and color to the palette.

The album's five original compositions are enfolded among more familiar themes by Cy Coleman / Carolyn Leigh ("Witchcraft"), Billy Strayhorn ("Isfahan") and Duke Ellington ("Star Crossed Lovers"). Promane wrote and arranged the title song and "The Icemaker's Mistress" and scored "Witchcraft," while drummer Mike Rajna arranged Jim Cowherd's "Crooked Creek," bassist Alex Lakusta brings out the best in "Isfahan" and "Star Crossed Lovers," and alto Emily Denison does the same for Nils Berg's breezy "Hat Music." Pianist Noam Lemish replaces incumbent Jacob Thompson on his own composition, the sensuous "Song for Lia," whose soloists are alto Anthony Argatoff and guitarist Dan Pitt.

While the over-arching temperament is one of composure, the ensemble ramps up the heat on "Witchcraft" (introduced by Rajna's emphatic drum solo), the chorale-like "Icemaker's Mistress" and toe-tapping "Hat Music." Soloists are in all cases respectable, enhancing every number with earnest ad-libbing. Pitt, Denison, Thompson and Argatoff have their admirable moments, as do trumpeter Brad Eaton, trombonist Modibo Keita, bassist Lakusta and tenors Keiran Murphy and Harrison Argatoff. A well-designed and well-performed album whose many pleasures should gladden any ardent listener.

Track Listing: Crooked Creek; Witchcraft; Song for Lia; Isfahan; The Icemaker’s Mistress; Star Crossed Lovers; Trillium Falls; Hat Music.

Personnel: Terry Promane: director, composer, arranger; Emily Denison: trumpet, flugelhorn; Brad Eaton: trumpet, flugelhorn; Anthony Argatoff: alto sax; Harrison Argatoff: tenor sax; Kieran Murphy: tenor sax; Modibo Keita: trombone; Zach Smith: trombone; Dan Pitt: guitar; Jacob Thompson: piano (1, 2, 4-8); Noam Lemish: piano (3); Alex Lakusta: bass; Mike Rajna: drums; Jacqueline Teh: vocals.

Title: Trillium Falls | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Acknowledgement CD/LP/Track Review Acknowledgement
by Don Phipps
Published: November 23, 2017
Read Lessons And Fairytales CD/LP/Track Review Lessons And Fairytales
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 23, 2017
Read The Child in Me CD/LP/Track Review The Child in Me
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: November 23, 2017
Read The Way Home CD/LP/Track Review The Way Home
by Joe Gatto
Published: November 23, 2017
Read Shadow Work CD/LP/Track Review Shadow Work
by Phil Barnes
Published: November 22, 2017
Read Veterans of Jazz CD/LP/Track Review Veterans of Jazz
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 22, 2017
Read "With You In Mind" CD/LP/Track Review With You In Mind
by Mark E. Gallo
Published: August 12, 2017
Read "Introducing...Rubén González" CD/LP/Track Review Introducing...Rubén González
by James Nadal
Published: June 16, 2017
Read "Live From A&R Studios New York August 26th 1971" CD/LP/Track Review Live From A&R Studios New York August 26th 1971
by Doug Collette
Published: July 29, 2017
Read "The 1960 Sessions with George Duvivier and Max Roach" CD/LP/Track Review The 1960 Sessions with George Duvivier and Max Roach
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 1, 2017
Read "Together, As One" CD/LP/Track Review Together, As One
by Ian Patterson
Published: February 16, 2017
Read "Aram Bajakian's Dolphy Formations" CD/LP/Track Review Aram Bajakian's Dolphy Formations
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 28, 2016

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Please support out sponsor