Bill McBirnie Releases New EXTREME FLUTE Project

As a follow-up to Extreme Flute (A Bruce Jones/Bill McBirnie Collaboration), "Desvio", Bill McBirnie has released his first self-produced CD, "Scratch It!", in which he single-handedly executes every facet of the work from composition and performance through to engineering and mixing. The most striking element of the production is, of course, his remarkable flute playing which includes performances on the entire family of flutes--C flute, alto flute, bass flute and piccolo.

The repertoire covers an astonishing range of styles--from the salsa grooves of "Crescent Wrench" to the impressionism of "Free Diving"--complete with a host of idioms in between including the be-bopping on "I’m Confessin’" to the hip-hopping on the title track, "Scratch It!"

Bill is well known as one of Canada’s finest jazz flutists. However, this production reflects a breadth of ability and proficiency that cannot be gleaned from any of his previously recorded works. Accordingly, this CD will undoubtedly re-establish him as a flutist of both consummate and comprehensive skill. Indeed, it is conceivable that many listeners will never have heard the instrument played in an improvisatory context with such flair and conviction.

On all levels, whether musical or technical, the quality of Bill’s playing is striking as it runs the gamut from sensuous to funky to dazzling. Both the range of material and the exceptional calibre of his performances yield a result that can be quite fittingly characterized as--EXTREME FLUTE.

Included in the CD are the following selections:

1--Crescent Wrench (4:48)
2--Find Your Place (5:57)
3--Scratch It! (6:15)
4--Canto de Escravo (Slaves Song) (Celso Machado-SOCAN) (3:22)
5--I’m Confessin’ (Neiburg, Dougherty, Reynolds-ASCAP) (5:45)
6--Free-Diving (Version 1) (5:10)
7--Soul Survivor (4:31)
8--Canto de Escravo (Slaves Song) (Celso Machado-SOCAN)--Reprise (3:19)
9--Scratch It!--Reprise (3:48)
10--Missing You (4:40)
11--Honesty, Thrift & Industry (7:34)
12--Free-Diving (Version 2) (6:11)
13--Theme From Rocky & Bullwinkle (Frank Comstock-ASCAP) (0:24)

Bill McBirnie--Flutes & Piccolo, Miscellaneous Percussion, Composer-SOCAN (except where otherwise indicated), Producer, Engineering, Mixing

Phone: (416) 652-1541
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To order either of the EXTREME FLUTE projects by mail, phone or secure e-commerce (including international orders), contact Indie Pool at the following:
Indie Pool Canada
Box 22112-45 Overlea Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario
M4H 1N9

1-888-88-INDIE (toll-free)

NOTE: Although Bill has recorded in various situations as a sideman on many occasions, the recordings in which he can be heard quite extensively and to good advantage are as follows:

The Junior Mance Quintet, "Here’Tis", (Sackville) Memo Acevedo, "Building Bridges", (Jazz Alliance)

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Bill McBirnie
  • Subtitle: Scratch It!
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