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The Heart of Summer (feat. Scott Robinson)

by The Paul Read Quartet

Acoustic jazz quartet (saxophone, piano, bass, drums) playing original modern compositions featuring Scott Robinson (s), Paul Read (pro), Kieran Overs (bs) and Barry Elmes (dr)
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Serenity Dot Calm
5:25 $0.99
2. You Make Me Believe
6:38 $0.99
3. Bella Noreen
7:16 $0.99
4. Laugh Track for My Dreams
3:34 $0.99
5. Summer
6:26 $0.99
6. Emerald Sea
6:27 $0.99
7. Uncle Teacosy's Corn Roast
7:23 $0.99
8. For the Three of Us
8:42 $0.99
9. Sand Castle
7:35 $0.99
10. Waltz for Kelly
6:11 $0.99
11. Free for All (A.k.a. Scott Free)
8:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Heart of Summer
The Paul Read Quartet
Featuring Scott Robinson

Scott Robinson – tenor and baritone saxophones
Paul Read – piano
Kieran Overs – bass
Barry Elmes – drums

Released: Tuesday May 18 – Saturday May 22, 2004 at The Montreal Bistro, Toronto, ON CANADA

All compositions by Paul Read (SOCAN)

1. Serenity Dot Calm 5:24
2. You Make Me Believe 6:37
3. Bella Noreen 7:15
4. Laugh Track for my Dreams 3:34
5. Summer 6:26
6. Emerald Sea 6:26
7. Uncle Teacosy's Corn Roast 7:23
8. For the Three of Us 8:42
9. Sand Castle 7:34
10. Waltz for Kelly 6:11
11. Free for All (aka Scott Free) 8:03


Scott Robinson and I met in the early 1980’s at a summer jazz camp at Fort San (an arts centre which had originally been a tuberculosis sanatorium), in the Qu’Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan, Canada. We played in the saxophone section of the faculty band (I also play saxophone) for 8 consecutive summers and became great friends. Since then his career has grown in leaps and bounds and he is now one of the most versatile and often recorded musicians in the world. I owe Scott a great debt of gratitude. He has always been a great supporter of my efforts as a composer and he encouraged me to make this record. His interpretations of my pieces are beautiful and funny and exciting and inspiring. Just like the man himself.

In addition to being a wonderful bassist, Kieran Overs is a very accomplished composer and arranger. He leads his own tentet and smaller groups and has recorded many CDs as a sideman. The first time I played with Kieran was also at a summer jazz camp, funnily enough and also in Saskatchewan. I remember feeling instantly comfortable with his playing and hoped we could do something together again. Our next project together, though, was slightly different. He produced an album by singer, Trish Colter (my wife) on which I played piano and did the arranging. Kieran was as wonderful to have in the booth as he was to play with in the same rhythm section. He was a logical and great choice as bassist on this recording.

I think that part of the reason that Barry Elmes is so responsive, musical and interesting as a drummer is that he is also a composer. He leads his own quintet and co-leads the award winning band, Time Warp, with bassist, Al Henderson. We have known each other in the academic world (he taught for years in the jazz department at the University of Toronto where I am Director of Jazz Studies) and I have had a few chances to play with him over the years when he played with Trish’s band as a sub for our regular drummer, Kevin Dempsey. He brings a composer’s insights to whatever he plays and I am thrilled he was part of this project.

Serenity Dot Calm
I know, bad pun. I couldn’t resist. Also irresistible was, as a boy, fishing for rock bass in an old wood punt over a rock-pile in 12 feet of translucent water on Kempenfeldt Bay on long hot afternoons. My anchor was a 15 lb boulder tied to the wood boat with some old twine. You could see the fish nibbling away at a squirming worm in the clear blue green water. I used to believe my father who said that if you held your mouth in such and such a way, the fish would bite. It seemed to work a lot of the time. And my father wouldn’t ever kid around about something like that would he? This music is full of anticipation and the joy I used to feel at the beginning of summer holidays.

You Make Me Believe
The first draft of this one was written at Fort San in the summer of 1989. I wrote it in the cafeteria of the main building that also doubled as the concert hall so there was a nice piano. I love the fact that at summer camps we accept very unusual things like cafeterias doubling as concert halls.

Bella Noreen (For Phil)
One of the most beautiful places one can go in the summer in Ontario is the Muskokas about 2 hours drive north of Toronto. On a picturesque bay on Bella Lake is the Nimmons cottage. My wife, Trish, and I spent many wonderful days at Bella with our great friends, Phil and Noreen Nimmons. Noreen lost a battle with cancer in November 2002 and we all loved her very much. As perhaps you can imagine, my heart was very full when we played this one.

Laugh Track for My Dreams
Brad Turner (Canadian trumpet player, pianist and composer) once told me about a dream he had that was punctuated with a laugh track akin to that heard on TV sitcoms. I found this a very funny idea and decided to write a piece with Brad’s dream in mind. The other inspiration I had were summer nights that my uncle would bring Bob Hope movies up to the cottage and set up a projector and screen outdoors. We would watch these hilarious old movies wrapped up in blankets under the stars.

This one is inspired by the fantastic sound of the wind blowing the leaves of tall poplar trees next to my bedroom at my grandmother’s cottage. I vividly remember the green wooden boathouse with a cold sand floor, the smell of outboard motor gasoline and coal oil and cedar shingles. Evergreens perfumed the air and willows hung low out over the water. The seductive sight of beautiful calm-water mornings – the lake a giant mirror- and the quiet lapping of small waves at dusk.

Uncle Teacosy’s Corn Roast
A wonderful childhood memory of mine is of our family and friends having a corn roast on the stony shores of Lake Simcoe. It was often cool at night, so the requisite fire was great to look at and perfect for keeping warm and boiling the big pots of water filled with corn-on-the-cob. I vividly remember my father’s red plaid jacket and the smell of the fire. And endless laughter. My father used to do this funny jig when the spirit moved him (it was often) and I know he did it to make us all laugh. My great-uncle George was nicknamed Uncle Teacosy after one of these particularly hilarious beach parties. I think that might have been the time I ate 12 ears of corn-on-the-cob…it was a record I’ve never equaled.

For the Three of Us
This piece was first written and performed at Fort San during the jazz camp where Scott and I met in the early 1980’s. It’s original title was “Four the Three In Us” which referred to an odd notion I had about the universality of triplets and 3/4 metre. I used to play this one on flute. It has also been recorded on Trish Colter’s At Long Last Love with a wonderful solo by Pat LaBarbera and again on Klaus Suonssari’s Inside Out which has a piano solo I really enjoy by the great Renee Rosnes.

Sand Castle
The process of writing a musical composition can be a lot like building a sand castle. I love watching kids do this at the beach. Their creativity is completely free and joyous and non-judgemental. There is no sense of worry and little concern for the fact that the tide will come in and wash the whole thing away. The creative act is innocent and natural and pure.

Waltz for Kelly
This piece was originally written as an alto saxophone feature for me to play with the faculty big band at Fort San in the summer of 1986. My daughter Kelly came out to the camp where I was working in Saskatchewan that summer and got to hear the premiere! I think she was 10 at the time. I remember seeing her arrive in the afternoon before the concert. I hadn’t seen her for about 8 days and she looked like she had grown an inch. I think it’s great how parents can fall in love with their kids over and over again. This was one of those times and this song always brings back that memory.

Emerald Sea
My wife, Trish, and I really want to live by water. We love the ocean and one of our favourite places to vacation has been Hilton Head in South Carolina. We also love the place where her parents have wintered on the east coast in Florida. One of our favourite pastimes is to walk the beach, for hours at a time. The drift of the ocean’s tides and the rhythm of the waves and the feel of beach sand squishing up through your toes as you walk is one of those sensations I love to recall when insomnia hits full force in Toronto in February.

Thanks to: Merlin Williams for the loan of his vintage Conn baritone saxophone. Scott also thanks Dave Pietro, and Bob Nadon. Paul thanks Trish, Kelly and Craig, Mom, Kieran, Barry and Scott, Phil and Noreen, and Diane Aubie. Also thanks to Bob Ross, Tom Tytel (The Rex) and Lothar Lang (Montreal Bistro).

Produced by Paul Read
Engineered by Jim Morgan
Mixed by Paul Read and Kieran Overs
Mastered by: Wayne Brauer
Recorded Mixed and Mastered at Acrobat Music Studio, Pickering Ontario CANADA
Recorded: March 29 and 30, 2002
Photography: Diane Aubie, Edward Read
CD Graphic Design and Illustration by Kelly Read-Lyon

Scott Robinson plays Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces.
Barry Elmes plays custom drums by U-Drum and Sabian cymbals



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