|photo by Michael Fisher|
The contemporary music scene, while not financially breaking new ground, certainly has produced a number for fine young bands and composers. Rebecca Hennessy's FOG Brass Band covers a wide swath of musical territory over the 48 minutes of "Two Calls" and the journey is very rewarding. This album is not only "fun" to listen to, as brass band music often, but also melodically rewarding and adventurous.
If you find yourself in Toronto on June 29, FOG is playing the Toronto Jazz Festival - to find out more, go to torontojazz.com. To find out more about Ms. Hennessy and her myriad projects (including the delightful Way North), go to rebeccahennessy.com.
Take a look and a listen to "Lagoon":
|photo by Mark Pallman|
Prepare to be surprised by the breadth and vitality of the music on "Fly or Die." Although the album is barely 36 minutes long, there is so much going on, so many possibilities. One can only imagine how this music roars and whispers in live settings. Jaimie Branch took her time to deliver her debut album and it is well worth the wait.
For more information, go to www.intlanthem.com/releases/iarc0011.
Here's a track with the quartet:
Throughout "Back To Earth", Farnell Newton and his compatriots create an enjoyable sound that's not challenging as much as it is soothing, soulful, and melodic. This music sounds good as you sit on the back porch or in the park in the late afternoon as the sun paints the world golden.
For more information, go to www.posi-tone.com/backtoearth/backtoearth.html.
Here's the title track: