promote their latest CD, (b>Looks Like it’s Going to Snow (Songlines),
with the(no more snow) Tour 2010.
The band's third release, Looks Like it's Going to Snow once again
features the classic sounds of the bass-drums-saxophone combo, this time expanded to
include one of Canada’s most honored jazz musicians, Brad Turner, on trumpet and
flugelhorn. Reviews have been more than complimentary:
" unmistakable chemistry and artistic purpose Among the marvelous elements of
...Going to Snow is the way it easily and off-handedly incorporates funk and rock
elements without becoming a collection that is dominated by a backbeat aesthetic."
sees the trio performing in New York and Boston for the first time, further moving
them beyond up-and-coming status towards a more visible place on the international
"The disc feels like a culmination and a celebration: a forever set-list crafted
on the bandstand and then in the studio," writes critic Greg Buium. "Everything
acts as an invitation to open things up sonic and emotional space an unburdened
framework for improvisation."
Since they first formed in 2004 while were still in college, The October Trio has
steadily built a reputation for their thoughtful yet adventurous sound. They released
their first CD, Live at Rime, in 2005, followed by Day In in 2006.
Their hard work and dedication earned them the 2006 CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award for
best new group at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
In 2007 the band performed at the Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Seattle, and
Portland Jazz Festivals. In 2007 and 2009 the group was nominated for a Western
Canadian Music Award for outstanding jazz recording for the albums Day In and
Looks Like it's Going to Snow. In 2008 they were invited to perform at
the Canadian National Jazz Awards, and in 2009 they opened for Dave Holland and the
Monterey Quartet at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
June 15th The Tranzac, Toronto
June 16th The Rex, Toronto
June 18th Cafe Paradiso, Ottawa
June 20th Cornelia St Cafe w/ Ingird Jensen (trumpet), double bill with
Abbasi/Tarry Trio, New York
June 21st ¬ Puppets Jazz Bar, double bill with Marcos Varela band, Brooklyn
June 23rd ¬ The Lily Pad, Boston
June 26th ¬ Montreal Jazz Festival
June 29th ¬ Vancouver International Jazz Festival w/ Brad Turner (trumpet)
The October Trio is Evan Arntzen on saxes (Amanda Tosoff Quartet), Josh Cole on
bass, and Dan Gaucher on drums (Fond of Tigers). The group was formed in Vancouver in
2004 when all three members were in the Capilano College jazz program. The immediate
chemistry led to a decision to focus on a deeper exploration of the sax trio format,
but as Dan Gaucher puts it, "our ideas started out very music specific and have
gradually moved more into conceptual and expressive/emotional territory." Two tours
of western Canadian festivals grew the music and the band concept further. They won
the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the 2006 Vancouver jazz festival and in 2007 were
nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for jazz album of the year for
Day In, (Cellar Live). In 2008 they performed at the National Jazz Awards in
Toronto and played a sold-out weekend at Montreal's Upstairs Jazz Club.
In 2006 they formed a mentor-like relationship with Brad Turner, one of Canada's
most honoured jazz musicians and certainly one of its most accomplished and
versatile trumpeters, equally at home in the progressive mainstream and creative
music (he appears on Songlines releases by Michael Blake, Dylan van der Schyff and
Chris Gestrin). Brad produced Day In and Looks Like its Going to
Snow, and all the compositions on ...Snow were written
specifically for the augmented lineup. Good as the trio is on their own, there's a
fine synergy at work here based on mutual admiration and a shared aesthetic, a finely
honed approach that gives equal consideration to individual storytelling and 4-way
conversations, formal concision and a more expansive, imagistic or cinematic approach.
Another thing that characterizes this music is respect for the entire jazz
tradition, from New Orleans polyphony to the avant-garde - but not to the exclusion
of input from rock and elsewhere. Josh Cole, the trio's main composer, cites Bjork
and Wayne Shorter as major inspirations: "Both have the ability to make one small
idea have a lot of impact. But upon further investigation of the 'one small idea' you
realize that it's surrounded by some rather sophisticated concepts regarding form,
phrasing and space. My observation was that by focusing in on one idea, and trying to
give it a lot of weight, that allows for the performers to really emotionally invest
and explore the idea at a level that might not be possible if you were to present
them with a bunch of different ideas in one song."
Evan Arntzen adds: "We know each other pretty well now and when we play we can
bring whatever experiences, musical or otherwise, into the mix and have it feel fresh
and new. Anyone can speak up at any time, and since it's a fairly stark form of
instrumentation, i.e. no chords, that makes it easy to do this." Brad Turner says
simply: "For me as a trumpet player this project has been a rejuvenating experience,
in some ways reminding me how I approached music earlier in my career. There is true
sincerity in what these fellows do as a group, and a serious energy to how they
distill their musical concepts."
For more information, visit www.theoctobertrio.com, or contact Cary Goldberg