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by Paul Read Orchestra

Contemporary jazz orchestra compositions played by eighteen top flight Toronto jazz musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Too Pretty for Words
Paul Read
7:13 $0.99
2. Awakening
Paul Read
9:07 $0.99
3. Waltz for Kelly
Paul Read
6:15 $0.99
4. Arc-en-ciel
Paul Read
13:02 $0.99
5. Sand Castle
Paul Read
8:08 $0.99
6. Ballad for Mr. G
Paul Read
5:53 $0.99
7. Oxymoron
Paul Read
6:10 $0.99
8. Prayer
Paul Read
4:38 $0.99
9. Celebration
Paul Read
8:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
All compositions by Paul Read SOCAN

Paul Read Orchestra Personnel:
Saxophones and Woodwinds: Andy Ballantyne, Tara Davidson, Alex Dean, Quinsin Nachoff, Bob Leonard
Trumpets: Jason Logue, Chase Sanborn, Lina Allemano, Jim Lewis
Trombones: Terry Promane, William Carn, Andrew Jones, Larry Shields
Rhythm Section: Geoff Young (g), David Braid (p), Andrew Downing (bs, vc), Kevin Dempsey (d)
Voice: Trish Colter
Composer and Conductor: Paul Read

Recording Produced by Steve Bellamy and Paul Read
www.addorecords.com www.paulread.ca
Production Assistance: Joe Amato and Trish Colter
Recorded and Mixed by Steve Bellamy on May 13-14, 2010

1. Too Pretty for Words 7:13
Commissioned by The Jazz Mechanics, Brampton ON Canada
Solos: Andy Ballantyne (as) William Carn (tbn) Geoff Young (g); Kevin Dempsey (d)

2. Awakening 9:07
Solos: David Braid (p) Jim Lewis (flg)

3. Waltz for Kelly 6:15
Solo: Tara Davidson (as)

4. Arc-en-ciel 13:02
Solo: Andrew Downing (vc) David Braid (p) Tara Davidson (ss) Quinsin Nachoff (ts) Jim Lewis (flg)

5. Sand Castle 8:08
Solo: Alex Dean (ts)

6. Ballad for Mr. G. 5:53
Commissioned by Campbell Collegiate, Regina SK Canada
Solo: Chase Sanborn (t)

7. Oxymoron 6:10
Solos: Alex Dean (ts) Chase Sanborn (t)

8. Prayer 4:38 *
Solo: David Braid (p)

9. Celebration 8:39 *
Solos: Kevin Dempsey (d) Geoff Young (g) Terry Promane (tbn) Quinsin Nachoff (ts) Alex Dean (ts)

*Tracks 8 and 9 form a 2-part suite so no gap exists between these two tracks.

Like many jazz composers, I find myself drawn to writing for jazz orchestra -- like a moth to a flame. Large ensemble projects present great challenges and yet can be immensely rewarding. The challenges: finding gigs, scheduling rehearsals and searching for funding to help stave off the financial ruin that usually results from engaging in such enterprises. But then there are the rewards: the sound made by these18 gifted musicians who, with great patience, artistry, and commitment, have put together the polished performances presented here. And they’ve been doing so since the band was formed in 2006.

The compositions chosen for this recording are most representative of where I was and where I’d been in my musical explorations in 2010. I trust they all speak for themselves to one degree or another, but allow me to make special mention of the two-part suite, Prayer and Celebration. The person to whom the piece is dedicated, Eddie Sossin, was a great friend and a saxophonist with whom I worked for many years on the bandstand and in an academic setting. He and I became very close over the years and this piece was composed for a memorial concert after his death in 1999. I couldn’t resist the idea of weaving together references to some of his favourite tunes, including St. Thomas, All the Things You Are, There’ll Never Be Another You, The Summer of ’42 and several more. A wonderfully straight ahead player, Eddie would always call most if not all of these at one point or another on a gig. The suite presents the orchestra at its most reflective and ecstatic.

The soloists are identified in the track listings because their improvisations add so much to the musical storytelling, but those who don’t solo here play an equally important role in the performances. This remarkable and talented group made the recording of this CD as effortless as any project I have ever been associated with.

This project could never have been completed without the support of a great many other people as well. I would like to offer special thanks to Trish Colter (the love of my life) and Joe Amato (the love of Millie’s life), who offered advice and assistance before, during and after the recording sessions. The fabulous design of this cd is the work of the amazing Kelly Read-Lyon who is a constant source of pride for her dad. Also thanks for the photographs to Don Vickery. Finally, special thanks to Steve Bellamy who did such a magnificent job of recording and mixing this album.

Paul Read is a composer, pianist, and saxophonist in Toronto, ON Canada.

Graphic Design: Kelly Read-Lyon
Cover Art from the "Broken Prism Series" by Paul Jenkins

This recording was made possible through the assistance of the Canada Music Fund and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.


By Jack Bowers
All About Jazz
Paul Read Orchestra


Addo Records
With the Boss Brass gone and trombonist Dave McMurdo's orchestra not as active as it once was, composer / educator Paul Read has stepped forward to help temper Canada's big band void with Arc-en-ciel, the inaugural recording by the Paul Read Jazz Orchestra, whose sidemen number no less than half a dozen Boss Brass / McMurdo alumni. Read's compositions, while lyrical and good-natured, are by no means lacking in strength or substance. Every element is carefully planned, the charts snuggle or swing as needed, and the orchestra performs each one with alacrity and awareness.

The last two tracks, played without pause, comprise a two-part suite dedicated to Read's friend and fellow musician Eddie Sossin who died in 1999. Prayer, a chorale-like ballad, features pianist David Braid and wordless vocal by Trish Colter; Celebration spins into a snappy Latin groove behind drummer Kevin Dempsey's incisive introduction to underpin animated solos by guitarist Geoff Young, trombonist Terry Promane and tenor saxophonists Quinsin Nachoff and Alex Dean. Included are snippets from several of Sossin's favorite songs including "St. Thomas," "All the Things You Are," "There Will Never Be Another You" and "Summer of '42."

The well-named opener, Too Pretty for Words, is a charming showpiece for the ensemble and soloists Young, Dempsey, alto Andy Ballantyne and trombonist William Carn. Braid and flugel Jim Lewis are out front on the graceful ballad "Awakening," alto saxophonist Tara Davidson on the easygoing "Waltz for Kelly." Bassist Andrew Downing's voice lends an ethereal cast to the buoyant "Arc-en-ciel" whose soloists are Braid, Davidson (soprano), Nachoff and Lewis. Dean is the moderator on the gossamer "Sand Castle," trumpeter Chase Sanborn on "Ballad for Mr. G," and the two issue emphatic collaborative statements on "Oxymoron" (based on the Gershwin brothers' "Love Walked In").
An exemplary album, splendidly recorded with unblemished sound and balance. Beyond that, luminous and persuasive compositions and arrangements by Paul Read, adeptly performed by his world-class orchestra from north of the border. Warmly recommended.

Link: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=38686



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