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The Greatest Invention

by Harley Card

Captivating instrumental compositions performed by a dynamic quintet comprised of; guitar, saxophone, piano, bass, and drums.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. The Greatest Invention
4:49 $0.99
2. Precipice
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3. The Shadows of Shea Pines
8:40 $0.99
4. Ben's Sanctuary
7:17 $0.99
5. Canoe Lake
6:13 $0.99
6. April Song
6:51 $0.99
7. Enclosure
3:08 $0.99
8. Grace
6:50 $0.99
9. A Distant Bell
6:20 $0.99
10. Highlights
6:56 $0.99
11. Postcard
6:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
‘The Greatest Invention’ is the third CD by Toronto guitarist and composer; Harley Card. A follow up to 2013’s ‘Hedgerow’, and his 2008 debut; ‘Non-Fiction’, it introduces eleven new compositions written for his long standing group; The Harley Card Quintet.

The music on ‘The Greatest Invention’ ranges from longer developed pieces to more direct themes that bring the soloists into focus and pay tribute to the tradition of the great quintets in jazz. The album draws inspiration from a range of musical influences, memorable places, and Harley’s deep interest in exploring the process of composition. The title track is inspired by the bicycle and the joy of cycling.

‘The Greatest Invention’ is an album unified both by Harley’s voice as a writer and the Quintet’s sound and approach, developed over the last twelve years as a working band.

Harley Card- guitars
David French- saxophone
Matt Newton- piano
Jon Maharaj- basses
Ethan Ardelli- drums

Recorded November 2015 at Inception Sound Studios, Toronto.
Recorded and mixed by David Hermiston.
Mastered by Jeff Elliott.
Photos by KaHoKarl.
Album design by Yesim Tosuner for Backyard Design.

Produced by Harley Card.
All compositions by Harley Card except Ben’s Sanctuary and Postcard; by Harley Card and Dave Clark.
This music was composed with the generous support of The Toronto Arts Council and the Banff Centre.
This recording was made possible by the generous support of The Ontario Arts Council.

Harley Card is a Toronto based guitarist and composer. Well versed in jazz and popular music, Harley has been a collaborator in Toronto’s diverse music scene since 2003. He has released three albums of his original music; ‘The Greatest Invention (2017), Hedgerow (2013), and Non-Fiction (2008). In addition to leading his own projects, Harley is a member of the the innovative Toronto groups; Stoptime, Hobson’s Choice, and God’s Gift To Yoda.

As a sideman, Harley has played with a wide array of bands including; Carlie Howell and The Deharms, Harrington, Karl Silveira Quintet, Heavy On The Willie, and The Dan Jam Orchestra. As a freelance guitarist he has worked with; Richard Underhill, Alex Dean, Alex Samaras, Dave Clark, David Virelles, Mike Malone, William Carn, Bernie Senensky, Michael Herring, and Michael Davidson among others.

In 2017 Harley was awarded a Chalmers Professional Development Grant from The Ontario Arts Council to study with master jazz guitarist; Peter Bernstein.
Harley spent the summer living in New York City to have private lessons with Peter as well as other mentors including guitarists; Lage Lund and Rez Abassi.

In 2008 Card travelled to Switzerland to compete as a semi-finalist in the Montreaux Jazz Festival’s Guitar Competition. Harley is a five time recipient of the Toronto Arts Council Creation Grant, a three time recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Popular Music Grant, and a two time recipient of Canada Council Tour Grants for tours with his quintet. Harley is a graduate of Applied Music at Mohawk College and Jazz Performance at The University Of Toronto.



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