Rebecca Hennessy: trumpet
Petr Cancura: tenor saxophone
Michael Herring: bass
Richie Barshay: drums
Fearless and Kind is the second album by the cross border roots-jazz collective Way North. Recorded on the heels of a tour, the band’s sound is clearly defined: the music feels comfortable and loose, its character distinctive and warm. That they love playing together is obvious, and this feeling is contagious, drawing listeners in close. This is a community minded band, and they are looking to lift people up with this music: this is jazz you can dance to!
Following up on their critically acclaimed first album Kings County, this new album finds the band serving up a similar roots stew, even more heavily weighted toward street-beats and dance rhythms. The front line’s collective improvising and conversational rhythmic approach brings to mind both modern jazz and roots music, two styles that have more in common than one might think. Way North‘s sound fits the vibe at folk house concerts and jazz festivals – something few bands can say.
Way North is a cross-border mash-up of Canadian and American artists born out of the joy of playing together. Formed in Brooklyn in 2014 by three Canadians and a New Yorker, the band features saxophonist Petr Cancura (Down Home – JUNO nominee), trumpeter Rebecca Hennessy (2018 Toronto Emerging Jazz Artist//FOG Brass Band bandleader), bassist Michael Herring (Peripheral Vision – JUNO nominee) and American drummer Richie Barshay (Herbie Hancock/Chick Corea/ Esperanza Spalding).
Worldwide Release Date: Friday, November 2nd
CD Release Tour: Nov 5th-11th, 2018 & January 6th-19th, 2019,