Kelly Jefferson: tenor & soprano saxophones
Artie Roth: acoustic bass
Ernesto Cervini: drums, percussion & bass clarinet
The classic saxophone, bass and drums trio has a distinguished history in jazz, going back to Sonny Rollins and Lee Konitz in the late 1950s and early 60s. The Canadian collective TuneTown, formed in 2015, extends and honours the venerable tradition and releases its swingin’ and adventurous sophomore album in March.
TuneTown pools the creativity of three of Canada’s top jazz improvisers; Kelly Jefferson (Saxophones), Artie Roth (Bass) and Ernesto Cervini (Drums, Percussion and Bass Clarinet).
Entering Utopia expands on the creative journey and energy from the collective’s debut album and finds TuneTown again putting their unique stamp on both standards and original compositions. This engaging and fiercely melodic album combines three distinct musical voices on material that runs the gamut, from intense to sublime. . Seamlessly assimilating elements from the avant garde, funk, and jazz worlds, Entering Utopia is a welcome addition to the saxophone trio tradition.
“What comes through at each moment is the maturity and confidence of three musicians comfortably attuned to each other and sharing airtime seamlessly”
-Keith Black, Winnipeg Free Press
Release Date: March 19th, 2021 on Three Pines Records