Wednesday 19 July 2017 8.30pm Toorak Hotel, Torquay
One of Canada’s most in-demand small groups, playing the best quality contemporary jazz you are likely to find anywhere. Chronograph Recording artists A/B Trio brings together three of Canada’s busiest performing and recording musicians – Thom Bennett (drums and cymbals), Dan Davis (saxophone), and Josh McHan (double bass). This group is inspired by the open-sounding, chordless groups of Sonny Rollins and Joshua Redman, as well as being informed by the work of Chris Potter and Ari Hoenig. Their material ranges from inventive re-interpretations of standards to modern, original repertoire. The trio’s format is fresh, and their music is at turns fun, accessible, melodic and compelling.
A/B Trio’s sophomore effort, Out West won the 2016 Edmonton Music Award for Best Jazz Recording and received a WCMA nomination for Best Jazz Recording. The disc was released in February of 2015, and features Canadian jazz legend Mike Murley. Out West stayed at No.1 on the national Earshot jazz charts for 2015 and has been in heavy rotation on CBC, CKUA, Jazz FM and across the country on campus radio. The disc also peaked at No. 28 on CMJ, which is extremely rare for a group on Canadian support alone and peaked at No. 22 on the overall Earshot chart, a category normally dominated by indie rock.
Members of the group have performed with Brad Turner, Brad Shepik, Harry Allen, PJ Perry, Mike Downes, Mike Rud and currently teach or have taught at MacEwan University, Alberta College and Keyano College.
Says Canadian jazz icon Tommy Banks of their first effort, Take No Prisoners: “The music is all solidly-crafted, and the playing is too. These are no up-and-comers. The performances here are by mature players with lots to say notwithstanding their relatively young ages. A very good piece of work by very good players and craftsmen.”