Sebastian Bailey | Ensemble De Magnac

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Ensemble De Magnac

by Sebastian Bailey

Soulful, impassioned and meditative chamber jazz music featuring vocal and instrumental soloists.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intuition (feat. Sarah Rossy)
7:20 $1.39
2. Lady Justice
5:43 $0.99
3. Psalm 23 / Chorale IV (feat. V.J.R. Bailey)
6:58 $1.49
4. Rocking Chair in 3 Sittings
4:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
About Sebastian Bailey:
Following six years in Berlin and the release of duo albums, Silhouettes of Silence (Fresko Music, 2012) and Love Song for the Nation (Vineyard Music, 2016), Canadian saxophonist, Sebastian Bailey (M.Mus) returned to his hometown of Montreal in 2016 to study with internationally acclaimed composers, John Hollenbeck and Christine Jensen at the Schulich School of Music. A recipient of awards for performance, composition and leadership, (Student Excellence, Jean Lessard Big Band, Calder Spanier Prize, a.o.) Bailey combines skill sets with his forthcoming release - a self-titled EP of original music composed for his chamber jazz group, Ensemble de Magnac.

A personal note about the Ensemble de Magnac recordings and the inspiration behind the music:
This ensemble features original jazz compositions arranged for six horns and rhythm section, including a vocalist and vibraphone on selected numbers. The name ‘de Magnac’ is my second middle name. It refers to part of my heritage which, to this day, remains somewhat obscure to me. My connection, however, is with the people it points to - the Huguenots, who fled from France worldwide from the 1500s onwards. I find inspiration in imagining the struggle, resistance and perseverance of this ethno-religious minority as they suffered persecution and alienation for their convictions. Protest, rebellion, fighting for recognition/autonomy and seeking refuge have been recurring themes occupying my thoughts, especially during the years leading up to and throughout the months these pieces were written and recorded.

Thank you to the musicians for excellence in musicianship, improvising and professionalism, to John Hollenbeck, for breaking things down for me, to Solon, for ideas and timely friendship, to Boris for generosity of time and space, to my mother, for supporting since day one, to Addisu for showing up, to Noah, for waking me up and especially to Benita, for believing this was possible against the odds.

Finally, this production is dedicated to my father, V.J.R. Bailey who passed away on April 12th, shortly after these recordings were made. My hope is that the incorporation of his most-loved Psalm, as recited by him not long before his final admission to hospital, is as much a gift to you, the listener, as it has been to me. It provides some context for the emotions experienced and expressed in and through Chorale IV. His artistry has never before been as obvious to me as it is now. I am ever grateful for his presence here.

Sebastian Bailey

Album titles and credits

1. Intuition (7:19)
2. Lady Justice (5:43)
3. Psalm 23 + Chorale IV* (6:55)
4. Rocking Chair in 3 Sittings (4:58)

Sarah Rossy (voice)
Sebastian Bailey (alto sax & flute)
Al McLean (tenor sax)
Benjamin Deschamps (baritone sax & bass clarinet)
Andy King (lead trumpet)
Lex French (solo trumpet)
Matthieu Van Vliet (trombone)
Matt Schultz (guitar)
Olivier Salazar (vibraphone)
David Ryshpan (piano/rhodes)
Solon McDade (bass)
Michel Berthiaume (drums)

*In loving memory of V.J.R. Bailey (June 9th, 1937 – April 12th, 2018)

Recorded March 23rd, 2018 at Mixart Studios in Montreal, Canada
Engineered and mixed by Boris Petrowski
Mastered by Guy Hébert at Karisma Audio
Cover Art by Carlo Polidoro Lopez
Design and layout of physical CD by Leoart

Lyrics for Intuition by Sebastian Bailey
Text of Psalm 23 from the Holy Bible (KJV)
All music composed by Sebastian Bailey (GEMA)

‘(…) can’t wait to hear more of Sebastian, a personal, powerful and fearless artist.’
Jean-Michel Pilc, jazz pianist and professor at McGill University

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