Bill McBirnie | The Silent Wish

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Herbie Mann Hubert Laws Sérgio Mendes

More Artists From
CANADA - Ontario

Other Genres You Will Love
Brazilian: Bossa Nova Jazz: Bebop Moods: Instrumental
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

The Silent Wish

by Bill McBirnie

Bill's superior craftsmanship is featured along with that of his formidable accompanist, Bernie Senensky, in an intimate duo setting which displays their uncommon levels of musicianship and simpatico, united by an enchanting and ubiquitous “minor theme”.
Genre: Brazilian: Bossa Nova
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
cd in stock order now
Buy 2 or more of this title's physical copies and get 10% off
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
clip
1. Reflection (feat. Bernie Senensky)
3:41 $0.99
clip
2. Black Orpheus / Morning of the Carnival (feat. Bernie Senensky)
5:35 $0.99
clip
3. Saber Cair / Knowing How to Fall (feat. Bernie Senensky)
3:29 $0.99
clip
4. Cabana Boy (feat. Bernie Senensky)
6:42 $0.99
clip
5. My Heart Belongs to Daddy (feat. Bernie Senensky)
4:06 $0.99
clip
6. First Song (For Ruth) [feat. Bernie Senensky]
4:28 $0.99
clip
7. Recado Bossa Nova (feat. Bernie Senensky)
5:27 $0.99
clip
8. Dança da Solidão (feat. Bernie Senensky)
3:47 $0.99
clip
9. No Moon at All (feat. Bernie Senensky)
4:18 $0.99
clip
10. Away from Home (feat. Bernie Senensky)
5:06 $0.99
clip
11. Blue Bossa (feat. Bernie Senensky)
4:47 $0.99
clip
12. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (feat. Bernie Senensky)
5:48 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Here are just a few of responses to the work of Bill McBirnie and Bernie Senensky:

SIR JAMES GALWAY — "I want to tell you how much I enjoyed your latest, and greatest, CD. I’ve listened to it several times and it’s a really terrific record. You are my favourite jazz flutist…This album is a real knock-out!…"

DOWNBEAT—“Toronto’s deep pool of local talent was on display at dozens of events…Opening for Eliane Elias, flutist Bill McBirnie proved a passionate and eloquent improviser with sure-footed support from pianist Bernie Senensky. Their set included...a show-stopping finale penned by Senensky...inspired by Hermeto Pascoal and Charlie Parker.” (Allen Morrison)

JAZZTIMES—"Best Opening Act [at the TD Jazz Festival] – Eliane Elias delivered a solid, opening-weekend show at the Old Mill Inn, focusing squarely on selections from her recent Chet Baker tribute, I Thought About You. But it was the dynamic opening duo of pianist and composer, Bernie Senensky, and flutist, Bill McBirnie, that...truly set the expansive dining room aflame and, ironically, provided far more satisfying dips into the Brazilian songbook.” (Christopher Loudon)

JAZZIZ—"An effervescent, joyous quality pervades The Bill McBirnie Trio's Find Your Place [which] showcases a wide range of grooves, from bop and bossa to gospel and swing…Those new to McBirnie will be amazed at his imagination and originality on this engaging album." (Mark Holston)

LINER NOTES TO THE SILENT WISH:

PERSONNEL & CREDITS

Bill McBirnie – flute (alto flute on track 10)
Bernie Senensky – piano

Produced – by Bill McBirnie
Co-produced – by Pacy Shulman
Engineering, mixing & mastering – by Pacy Shulman of Hilo Studio
Picture of Bill's hands – by Bill Beard (courtesy of Jazz.FM91)
Picture of rain-drenched branches – Image 306339 (courtesy of Wall Haven)
Layout, design & manufacturing – by Staci Patten of Accurate Audio & Design

Recorded June 4th and 5th, 2018 at Hilo Studio, Toronto, Ontario

Bill is a Designated Haynes Artist and, on this recording, he plays a vintage silver Wm. S. Haynes flute (equipped with Jim Schmidt's gold flute pads, a David Welans headjoint and a Robert Bigio titanium crown and stopper). On track 10, Bill plays a vintage Armstrong alto flute.

Bill McBirnie/Extreme Flute
Phone: (416) 652-541
e-mail: extremeflute@look.ca
Website: www.extremeflute.com

DEDICATION

My wife, Sveta, comes out to many of my gigs and, when she does, I often make it an occasion to say to the audience, “The band does not take any requests, except from my wife!” Of course, I say this in mock dismay, and after many years of having to put up with this, I like to think that Sveta has come to see this remark as mildly amusing.

...However, I could be wrong...

And if I am, then I want you to know that The Silent Wish was inspired by Sveta and is whole-heartedly dedicated to her, because she has been, and continues to be, my most steadfast and dedicated support...in everything I do...

This project came about because Sveta had been asking me for years to record an album consisting exclusively of tunes she likes, because she says, “What I like, others will like too, Billy.” So at last I am honoring her “request”, and while some of her picks may appear obvious (such as “Black Orpheus” or “Blue Bossa”), many are not (such as “Saber Cair”, “Cabana Boy” and “Away From Home”). In any event, Sveta's Russian spirit radiates throughout, because every song she has chosen is in a minor key, and this feature of the repertoire weaves a thread and imparts a theme that I think will resonate with anyone and everyone (...and there is no doubting Sveta's good common sense and astute judgement...in this as well as many other things...)

Finally, the title of the album, The Silent Wish, is a fragment from the lyrics to the closing track, “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?” This fragment has a certain charm and mystique about it that I would like to think is relevant to all of us. But most of all, to Sveta whom I trust will always be near enough to hear...the silent wish I make...

Bill McBirnie

ACKNOWLEGEMENTS

For the past 15 years, I have been playing with one of this country's most formidable musicians, Bernie Senensky. This started about 15 years ago when Bernie recruited me to play flute for his Moe Koffman Tribute Band which Bernie put together after his own 20-year tenure in Moe's band.

When I first moved to Toronto in the '70s to attend university, I would go to the jazz clubs (including George's Spaghetti House) where I would often get to hear Moe and Bernie (though as little more than “an adoring fan” because I had stopped practicing the flute while pursuing another discipline altogether at that time).

In my mid 20s, I started to practice the flute again and decided that, instead of being “script bound” by classical music, I would improvise instead. After some years of what was largely self-study, it came as a complete surprise when Bernie asked me to serve, not just one but two of the musicians (Bernie and Moe, both of whom I had long admired) by joining the Moe Koffman Tribute Band.

I have subsequently worked with Bernie in a broad range of circumstances. Indeed, this is the third album where I have recruited Bernie to perform with me in, what is here, a very direct and immediate duo format.

***
On the last four of my recordings, Pacy Shulman of Hilo Studio has always done a fantastic job of engineering, mixing and mastering. Yet again, you get to listen to everything with crystal clarity.

***
I would like to convey my gratitude to Canada's premier jazz station, Jazz.FM91, for its longstanding support of my work (as well as that of other Canadian indie musicians) which, in my particular case, began in 1998 with the release of my very first Extreme Flute project (Desvio) and has been ongoing ever since.

THE SILENT WISH

"...And when you stand before the candles on a cake
Oh, let me be the one to hear the silent wish you make..."

WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

What are you doing the rest of your life?
North and south and east and west of your life
I have only one request of your life
That you spend it all with me

All the seasons and the times of your days
All the nickels and the dimes of your days
Let the reasons and the rhymes of your days
All begin and end with me

I want to see your face in every kind of light
In fields of dawn and forests of the night
And when you stand before the candles on a cake
Oh, let me be the one to hear
The silent wish you make

Those tomorrows waiting deep in your eyes
In a world of love you keep in your eyes
I'll awaken what's asleep in your eyes
It may take a kiss or two

Through all of my life
Summer, winter, spring and fall of my life
All I ever will recall of my life
Is all of my life with you

Read more...

Reviews


to write a review

Various Reviewers

Some Early Press Reaction
“...Poignant and the easy to listen to, The Silent Wish transcends trends and personal tastes, a rare combination...” ANNE HOLLISTER, The Indie Source

“McBirnie commands our attention, start to finish, with his dexterous flute work. The Silent Wish proves that creativity and commercialism are not mutually exclusive...Nothing short of brilliant...” MINDY MCCALL, No Depression

“Their interplay meshes so flawlessly that they become a singular force....” KIM MUNCIE, Neu Futur

“Bill McBirnie and Bernie Senensky have performed a minor miracle with their new album, The Silent Wish.” MARK DREURY, Indie Shark (Nominated for “Album of the Year”)
Read more...

The Press

- Various Extracts -
“Methodically arranged and produced with the upmost care,...McBirnie and Senensky have struck sonic gold in this awesome new outing.” GWEN WAGGONER, Skope Magazine

“There is no percussive grind here so the melodies stay firmly where McBirnie’s flute places them...You can tell that McBirnie and Senensky were very particular about the album, from top to bottom, and this can be fully appreciated when you listen to the album, from beginning to end, without interruption.” LORI REYNOLDS, Vents Magazine

“...Poignant and the easy to listen to, The Silent Wish transcends trends and personal tastes, a rare combination...” ANNE HOLLISTER, The Indie Source

“McBirnie commands our attention, start to finish, with his dexterous flute work. The Silent Wish proves that creativity and commercialism are not mutually exclusive...Nothing short of brilliant...” MINDY MCCALL, No Depression

“I would challenge the most anti-jazz listener to give these songs a focused listen and not come away with a completely new perspective on the idiom.” SEBASTIAN COLE, Gas House Radio

“Bill McBirnie and Bernie Senensky have performed a minor miracle with their new album, The Silent Wish.” MARK DREURY, Indie Shark (Nominated for “Album of the Year”)

“Bill McBirnie is unquestionably the most gifted flutist of his generation. He and Bernie Senensky have no difficulty exploring the open design of all the songs...Young jazz musicians could stand to learn from The Silent Wish and the two masterminds behind its conception...” MICHAEL RAND, The Mob's Press

“Their interplay meshes so flawlessly that they become a singular force....” KIM MUNCIE, Neu Futur
Read more...

RICHARD SAUNDERS

Ticks all the right boxes!
On hearing Bill McBirnie on his other albums, I have no doubt that he will continue to break new ground, whilst respecting the true precision of his art and creativity as a flutist !...The interplay between both he and Bernie Senensky is more than apparent on listening to them performing the Michel Legrand' classic "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?" ..In a nutshell, it's a fine album that ticks all the right boxes for me !
Read more...

Sir James Galway

First Critique of The Silent Wish!
"...I want to tell you how much I enjoyed your latest, and greatest, CD. It’s a really terrific record. You are my favourite jazz flutist…This album is a real knock-out…" Sir James Galway
Read more...