For more information, go to www.pauldietrichjazz.com.
Paul Dietrich - trumpet and compositions
Corbin Andrick - alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, soprano saxophone
Greg Ward - alto saxophone
Tony Barba - tenor saxophone
Dustin Laurenzi - tenor saxophone
Mark Hiebert - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Andy Baker - trombone
Jamie Kember - trombone
Kurt Dietrich - trombone
Tom Matta - bass trombone
Chuck Parrish - trumpet
Russ Johnson - trumpet
Jessica Jensen - trumpet
David Cooper - trumpet
Megan Moran - voice
Matt Gold - guitar
Carl Kennedy - piano
John Christensen - bass
Clarence Penn - drums
Here's a track from the four-part "Suite" that closes the album (soloist is tenor saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi):
St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scoti, then on to Rutgers (the State University of New Jersey) where he studied with Ralph Bowen and earned a Masters in Jazz Studies. During his time of study, he played with Kenny Barron, Kenny Wheeler,and Randy Brecker. After graduation, Brenan played lead tenor in Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band. Before returning to his native Canada, he taught at the University of Aukland in New Zealand. Since 2004, he's been the Chair of the Theater, Speech, and Music Performance at Mount Royal University in Calgary.
"Colossal Suite" is an episodic adventure as well as the longest track on the program (11:14). After the trombone leads the piece in, the song has a thudding rhythmic drive a la heavy metal rock (De Toledo's bass creates the thud while Cooper's drums dance excitedly). The next chapter of the "...Suite" is introduced by rollicking riff played by the ensemble before an uncredited alto sax solo. The rhythm section takes the piece with Andrews's "space" Rhodes joining the powerful bass-and-drums towards the finish line.
Jim Brenan learned several lessons from his mentors. His time with Maynard Ferguson taught him how to rev up and audience and playing alongside Randy Brecker showed his that jazz can be funky and funk can be jazzy. "50/50" is an album to be played loud so that the power generated from musicians can get you moving. Solid solos, smart arrangements, and an excellent drummer (Jamie Cooper's tenure with the 35-member Royal Canadian Artillery Band certainly taught him how to be heard in a large ensemble) all coalesce to make the Jim Brenan 11 an enjoyable listening experience.
For more information about Jim Brenan, go to www.deathdefyingrecords.com/jim-brenan.
Here's the opening track:
Jim Brenan 11 - Tiger's Milk from jim brenan on Vimeo.
Jim Brenan: saxophones/clarinets
Sean Craig: alto saxophone
Mike Gardner: alto saxophone
Sarah Matheson-Nadeau: 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