Canadian saxophonist/composer Andrew Rathbun’s True Stories is a testament to fellow Canadian, poet Margaret Atwood’s lesser known works such as “True Stores” and “Bluejays”. For his third release, the artist demonstrates a keen and convincingly fresh compositional jazz-based approach. Vocalist Luciana Souza lends her warm, softly stated lyricism to several of these pieces amid blended horns, bustling yet often streamlined rhythmic developments and heartfelt choruses by Rathbun, trumpeter Taylor Haskins and pianist George Colligan.
“True Stories Part I” features Ms. Souza’s wistful vocals in concurrence with an undeniably appealing melody as the band expounds upon and effectively reworks the primary theme on “True Stories Parts II-III” via shifty arrangements and a few unexpected twists and turns tossed into the mix. Basically, Rathbun shines as a modern jazz-style troubadour besides possessing strong chops as a saxophonist. However, this newly released recording is marked by a continuous flow brimming with probing lines, hearty soloing and fluid rhythmic developments from bassist John Herbert and drummer Jeff Hirshfield. A compelling and altogether noteworthy effort it is! Recommended.
Track Listing: Vignette I, True Stories Parts I-III, Vignette II, Another Aspect, Cards, Bluejays, Majority, She Who Chose (The Lies That Daylight Told Us), Vignette III
Personnel: Andrew Rathbun; reeds: Luciana Souza; voice: Taylor Haskins; trumpet: George Colligan; piano, Fender Rhodes: John Herbert; bass: Jeff Hirshfield; drums
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.