"Crude Jazz" from the Toronto trio of Jean Haynes on ukulele, Jean Martinon suitcase, and Ryan Driver on street-sweeper bristle bass, lovely bare-bones jazz using makeshift instruments, captured live in Vancouver.
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Catalog ID: BR 0317
Squidco Product Code: 16342
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded before a live audience in the Grande Luxe at the Western Front in Vancouver, B.C. on May 8th, 2009.
Ryan Driver-street-sweeper bristle bass
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1. The Gunk Under Pretty Pebbles 5:14
2. Hay (The Kind for Horses) 5:05
3. NewRonto 7:07
4. Charlie Parker Wouldn't Like You Either 4:32
5. Suburbs 5:13
6. Clicking With The Clique 6:28
7. I Am Trapped On A Ship That Has Already Sunk 6:37
8. My Children's Song 4:45
9. Plants And Animals 6:49
Toronto Area Improvisation
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"Freedman at Western Front is crude jazz, if we may put it bluntly. Not that there is anything unrefined about it. It's just that the instruments are decidedly makeshift. Jean Martin's instrument (the suitcase), in addition to being a wonderful "drum kit", is perfect for touring. It can easily fit Justin Haynes' ukulele and Ryan Driver's street-sweeper bristle bass (which is literally a metal bristle from a street-sweeper brush played on the edge of a table and amplified with a contact mic) with plenty of room left over for clothing and toiletries. The trio plays the music of Myk Freedman, New York-based composer of idiosyncratic jazz music and lap-steel player for St. Dirt Elementary School (among other projects). The Martin, Haynes and Driver performance featured on this record was captured at The Western Front in Vancouver, BC. It was a high point in their 2008(?) cross-Canada tour.
Indeed, Martin is more known for his work on the drum kit proper, Haynes as a guitarist, and Driver for various other things, but this pared-down trio exposes the bare bones of jazz and revels in the new possibilities and challenges set upon them by the collective limitations of their tools. The music is fascinating in its simplicity and its complexity, its banality and its unbridled creativity."-Barnyard Records
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"Musician, producer, Jean Martin was nominated for best drummer for the 2004 National Jazz Awards and is the recipient of the 2004 Freddy Stone Award. This award from the Minden foundation is for outstanding leadership, integrity and excellence in the area of contemporary music and Jazz
His group Barnyard Drama is an improvising duo featuring vocalist Christine Duncan. They toured Canadian festivals, summer 2004, promoting a CD intitled Memories and a list of things to do. The new cd I'm a Navvy was launched at the prestigious FIMAV and features guitarists Justin Haynes and Bernard Falaise.
Other recent releases are with trio Idiolalla with singers DB Boyko and Christine Duncan and the Vancouver based group Laconnor, this electronic, musique actuel group features Francois Houle on clarinet and lap top, Jesse Zubot on violin and lap top and Jean on drums and electronics. Laconnor toured Canadian Jazz festival 2006.
Jean has appeared and collaborated with: Eugene Chadbourne, Joe Fonda, Jesse Zubot, Juno nominated DD Jackson, David Murray, Don Byron, Dominic Duval, Mark Dresser, Wilbert de Joode, John Oswald, Francois Houle, Jean Derome, Frank Gratowski, Chelsea Bridge, Kevin Turcotte, Peggy Lee, Tony Wilson, Brad Turner, Lori Freedman, Tom Walsh, Pierre Tanguay, Marilyn Lerner, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, legendary Canadian blues man Dutch Mason, Andy Stochansky, Zubot & Dawson, Bob Fenton, Roddy Ellias, Tim Postgate's Jazzstory, Christine Duncan, Hugh Fraser, George Kohler, Bob Murphy, David Mott, The Bitches Brew Band, Rob Frayne, The Jivewires, Micheal Occhipinti, Rich Underhill, Justin Haynes, Hugh Marsh, The Henry's and many others.
He has appeared on a one hour TFO and BRAVO TV jazz special entitled, "DUOS" performing improvisations with Award winning trumpeter Kevin Turcotte. Jean participated in a new project put together by Ajay Heble and the Guelph Jazz festival. A Jazz Opera with the music of DD Jackson, featuring Peggy Lee, Brad Turner, John Geggie and Dean Boman among others. This piece was performed for the 10th annual Jazz festival in Guelph and in Vancouver in September 2003.
With the Jean Martin Trio: he has recorded 2 CD's and has toured Canada on three occasions, performing at most Jazz festivals in this country. The latest recording a completely improvised work was released with a tour in November 2003. The trio features guitarist Justin Haynes and national jazz awards winner, trumpeter Kevin Turcotte.
With Chelsea Bridge: He has released 5 CD's on Unity Page Records, has done 4 Canadian tours from '92 to '97, was featured at the Blue Note in NYC , the Molda International Jazz Festival in Norway and the Washington DC Jazz Fest (Canadian Jazz Ambassador Series).
With Juno winner DD Jackson: He has released 2 CD's on Justin Time Records, has toured France (including: Maubeuge & Rouen International Jazz Festivals, Feb. '97), 2 Canadian tours in '94 & '95 and was featured at various venues in Northern USA (Montana, Seattle, Buffalo and various clubs in NYC) including a CD release gig at the Fez Jazz Club in NYC, with legendary saxophonist David Murray."-Barnyard Records (http://www.barnyardrecords.com/bio%20jean%20martin.html)
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