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Two Intents

by Modasaurus

Building upon Jazz-Fusion traditions, the music features toe-tapping funk grooves, rich sonic palettes, memorable melodies both composed and improvised, rhythmic twists and turns, and a compelling range of dynamic energy from exuberant to introspective.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Funky Pteradactyl
6:38 $1.29
2. Prime Time
8:36 $1.29
3. Cereal and Eggs (feat. Mike Tremblay)
6:44 $1.29
4. Seeking (feat. Mike Tremblay)
6:01 $1.29
5. Dancing Preacher
7:33 $1.29
6. August Evening
6:24 $1.29
7. New Beginning
5:41 $1.29
8. Freefall Funk
8:14 $1.29
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Album Notes
There are two intents for naming the group "Modasaurus." On one hand, it combines the musical term “mode” with an imposing and plausible dinosaur name. It sounds a little bit like a mososaurus—and here's an actual mososaurus tooth, donated to us by our friend Jesse Stewart. On the other, the name suggests the multiple meanings of musical modes as one would find in a “thesaurus.” Fusing together the HML Trio—Jamie Holmes, Alex Moxon, and JP Lapensee—with their former professor and pianist-composer James McGowan, the group thrives by creating a musical fusion of a variety of styles. Formed in 2016 and based in Ottawa Canada, it brings together a vast array of stylistic influences from funk to ECM free-jazz to Latin rhythms to sounds from the Middle East into an impressively rich and dynamic jazz fusion.

A Modasaurus is not a real dinosaur. But if it were, it would be a classy one, well-grounded and getting along with the other dinosaurs, yet innovative and ahead of its time. It would be agile and strong, but also at times epically expressive; a creature willing to explore less familiar lands, then thrive by finding ways to adapt and fuse together different traditions.

Jamie suggested that we find a name with a dinosaur theme. The idea stuck but with a twist: we decided to create our own dinosaur named after the musical concept of “mode.” Modes are crucial to jazz-fusion music in its rich tonality that extend beyond major and minor scales. But a second meaning to mode—a style or fashion—is relevant here as well: the repertoire of Modasaurus would be intentionally diverse where we constantly challenge ourselves to find the fusion among jazz, rock, funk, gospel, latin, and other world music styles, while still rooting ourselves in a sound unique to us. But in the spirit of phrase “two intents,” a second meaning to the quartet’s title is a play on the word “thesaurus.” Thus, our music gives more than one meaning or intention to the modes that we play.

The title Two Intents makes reference to the rich dynamic spectrum of intensity that is found in our compositions. But more significantly, each of the compositions feature more than one meaning behind their names. For example, Prime Time features pre-chorus and chorus sections composed with phrasing with prime numbers, while at the same time creating an "epic" sound meant to be heard in prime time. And the disco-funk Cereal and Eggs brings together a melody and chord progression based on 12-tone serial music with a playful repeating melodic motif of E-G-G; composer James McGowan shared many breakfast meetings with saxophonist Mike Tremblay who joins the quartet on this tune—cereal and eggs may have been consumed.

Further, all the songs themselves feature two (or more) contrasting elements that are at times juxtaposed and at times fused together. For example, FreeFall Funk presents a "free" ballad, which is then melodically and harmonically reinterpreted in a funk section, with a "falling" pattern articulating the sections; and Dancing Preacher similarly recomposes a jazz waltz as a gospel-rock tune, with the preacher comfortably dancing past the pitfalls of changing meters.

The play on words is a tribute to Calvin McGowan, the punster, who died in 2004, who would undoubtedly have appreciated it.

Building upon jazz-fusion traditions, the sound in Two Intents features toe-tapping funk grooves, rich sonic palettes, memorable melodies both composed and improvised, rhythmic twists and turns, and a compelling range of dynamic energy from exuberant to introspective and back again.

Recorded at Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University, February 18, 2016, and August 29 and 30, 2016 by John Rosefield, with mixing and mastering by Rob Cosh.



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