Kelly Jefferson: saxophones
Artie Roth: acoustic bass
Ernesto Cervini: drums
Sept 19: Burdock Music Hall, Toronto, ON. 9pm.
Sept 20: Cafe Resonance, Montreal, QC. 6pm.
Sept 21: GigSpace, Ottawa, ON. 9pm.
There From Here is the exciting debut album from Canada’s newest collective, chordless trio, TuneTown.
Formed in 2015, TuneTown pools the creativity of three of Canada’s top jazz improvisers; Kelly Jefferson (Saxophones), Artie Roth (Bass) and Ernesto Cervini (Drums).
The group performs original music composed by and for the trio, bringing together 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, There From Here is a welcome addition to the saxophone trio tradition.
The album plays out like a story, intended to be listened to from top to bottom. In today’s “shuffle” society, this is a breath of fresh air. Starting with A Sonic Handshake, the listener is welcomed into the world of TuneTown. What follows is a series of tunes and moods, ranging from the swinging Monks of Oka (dedicated to the great Thelonious Monk) to the sublime closer, A Transient Space. In between there are also 2 standards arranged by the band; a gorgeous reworking of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Lady and a swinging reharmonization of Cole Porter’s All of You. In addition, the listener is treated to the cheeky nature of the group with The Mayor: a nod to municipal leaders of the world, and a tip of the cap to Toronto’s more “colourful” mayors from past years.