Jim Brenan 11 | 50/50 (feat. Chris Andrew)

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50/50 (feat. Chris Andrew)

by Jim Brenan 11

The Jim Brenan 11 has drawn praise for its singular sound --a merging of hard driving grooves with elements of 60's soul jazz, go-go, and Latin funk, the band seeks unity in all people through it's life-Affirming grooviness!
Genre: Jazz: Modern Big Band
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1. Tigers Milk (feat. Chris Andrew)
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2. Jocasta (feat. Chris Andrew)
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3. Empress (feat. Chris Andrew)
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4. Eleven Eleven (feat. Chris Andrew)
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5. Colossal Suite (feat. Chris Andrew)
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6. Fant-O-Max (feat. Chris Andrew)
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7. Hiding Place (feat. Chris Andrew)
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8. Ozark Mountain Cougar Fightin' (feat. Chris Andrew)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Album Notes:

Spending half his life in Edmonton and half in Calgary, Jim Brenan knows well
the wealth of talent harbored within their city limits. The Jim Brenan 11 is a
union of the most versatile and talented Alberta-based jazz musicians you can
find.
Brenan was raised in Edmonton and now lives and works in Calgary. Playing
regularly in both cities, he wanted to capture the talent and creativity of the
musicians from both communities. As the eleventh member of the group,
Brenan serves as the composer, arranger, tenor saxophonist and
peacekeeper between Oilers and Flames fans.

The creation of this music began with Brenan’s desire to unify two
communities but also to express an identity focused on inclusivity. “I had a
desire to create a large, acoustic band that brought a powerful, groove based
sound - just rhythm section and horns. While thinking of the instrumentation, I
knew that I wanted to showcase a wide variety of musical minds. It’s the guys
in the band that collectively come together to make up the unique sound”.
Jim Brenan’s sound is infused with a soul and energy that bursts through the
seams of its songs. Tiger’s Milk is a tribute to the Tied and Tickled trio’s blend
of jazz and world music; an uncompromising power-to-the-people anthem that
changes gears mid-way through it’s loping melody. Jocasta plays like a cop
show car chase while Empress and Hiding Place, impossible to define by
genre, ease into the more soulful side of the band.

Featuring Chris Andrew was a “no brainer” for this project. Chris, originally
from BC has come to represent the best-of-the-best in his adopted province -
quite simply every project is better with Chris. Having worked together for
many decades, Brenan knew this collaboration was a natural fit and one that
paid off spectacularly. Check out Chris on any of the tracks, but especially his
space time warp on Fant-O-Max, reminiscent of the greatest explorations of
Bitches Brew.
The soloistic firepower is evident, with the likes of Craig Brenan, Sean Craig,
Mike Gardner, Sergio Rodriguez, Jamie Cooper and Rubim de Toledo
featured throughout. The gritty loose funk is an undeniably catchy blend
that punches above its small ensemble weight.
The results of blending 11 of Alberta’s finest musicians creates a true 50/50
collaboration of talent and skill, proving we can come together to focus on
what’s important; the music.

Musicians
Jim Brenan: saxophones / clarinets
Sean Craig: alto saxophone
Mike Gardner: alto saxophone
Sarah Matheson: baritone saxophone / flute
Craig Brenan: trombone
Carsten Rubeling: trombone
Jim Murray: trumpet
Sergio Rodriguez: trumpet
Chris Andrew: Rhodes / clavinet
Rubim De Toledo: bass
Jamie Cooper: drums
Raul Tabera: percussion

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