Adema Manoukas Octet – New Roots

Adema Manoukas Octet – New Roots

March 20, 2022

Evan Dalling: trumpet
Brenon Parmar: alto saxophone
David Hodgson: tenor & soprano saxophones
Nick Adema: trombone
Alex Manoukas: baritone saxophone
Josh Smiley: piano
Leighton Harrell: bass
Keith Barstow: drums

Coming on the heels of his first full-length album demiLAN, (“teeming with originality and confidence” – Yoshi Wall, The WholeNote), trombonist Nick Adema has teamed up with saxophonist Alex Manoukas for a new recording project with their newly formed band the Adema Manoukas Octet. These eight young Toronto all-stars have been performing together in various combinations for years, providing an alternative perspective on the Canadian jazz sound. Together, they offer a glimpse of a new music full of blistering solos, thought-provoking melodies, and world-class ensemble playing. 

With their debut album New Roots, it is clear that the next wave of talented Canadian jazz artists is knocking on tomorrow’s door. This record is a refreshing celebration of the music of today by the musicians of tomorrow.

Throughout this album, the octet masterfully weaves through stimulating original compositions by both Adema and Manoukas, engaging listeners with charming melodies and captivating swells of harmony. These lyrical pieces will stick in your head without losing any of the captivating, modern energy that is present throughout the entire album. The record also also includes masterful modern interpretations of songs by Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, arranged by Adema and Manoukas.

Release Date: Friday, April 29th 2022