Presented By Guelph Jazz Festival:
Josh Zubot’s MendHam (BC/Québec)
Until his 2016 move to Vancouver, violinist Josh Zubot was a ubiquitous presence in Montréal’s music scene with groups like the Subtle Lip Can, Ratchet Orchestra, Quartetski, In the Sea, as well as pop bands like the Barr Brothers. Equally at ease with classical playing, bluegrass fiddling, and the scrape and pluck of extended improvisation, Zubot is one of the most impressive improvisers at work in Canada. MendHam is his Montréal quartet, a band of massive intensity that can turn on a musical dime and – underpinned by the simpatico bass-drum pair, Nicolas Caloia and Isaiah Ceccarelli – loves to swing. Baritone saxophonist Jason Sharp is a powerful soloist who, in the thick of group playing, is almost akin to a rhythm guitarist at points. A dazzling band.
The festival is delighted to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this legendary trio: Mark Helias (bass), Gerry Hemingway (drums), and Ray Anderson (trombone). Each player has a long, distinguished career as a bandleader and composer, the kind of individual momentum that could make such a cooperative project less and less feasible, but the trio’s kinship produces a rare musical sympathy, clear reason to continue and indeed to flourish. The trio’s latest release, The Long Road (Auricle), is two discs of sharp writing (often amounting to ingenious takes on the blues), joyful improvising, and a beautifully elastic time that both extends and celebrates the feeling of swing. Congratulations BassDrumBone! May your long road go on and on!
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