Hey everyone - more good news about the juno nominated album by Earl MacDonald - Earl's great album has been nominated for an independent music award - check the link and vote vote vote - Yes We Can! http://www.independentmusicawards.com/
After years of working with Earl MacDonald on a variety of gigs, including the bands of Maynard Ferguson and P.J. Perry and on tours that include an Art Blakey tribute - we at Death Defying Records are pleased to announce that our good friend Earl has been nominated for a Juno Award in the traditional Jazz category. Last year in November, we made the trek with Earl to the famed Bennett Studios in Englewood New Jersey to spend the next three days recording the album:
Earl MacDonald, re:Visions - Works for Jazz Orchestra
* Death Defying Records. (2010 release)
recorded: November, 2008 at Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ.
What was amazing about this project and consequently Earl, is that he assembled an incredible group of generous musicians who's sole purpose was to make the best music possible. This was a labour of love and here at Death Defying Records we believe that this is what makes this album stand out. Not only is the writing mature and purposeful, the performances he drew from each musician is as well. Check out his website - look around, dig deeper, read all the reviews and soon you will understand how deserving Earl and this album truly are. http://www.earlmacdonald.com/
Perhaps Dave Douglas said it best:
"Incredible band, sound is great, nice writing, nice playing, good team effort clearly inspired by an inspired leader. Glad to hear it !" Dave Douglas (June, 2010) Two-time Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter / composer / bandleader
Earl MacDonald lives jazz, as a performer, composer and educator. Director of jazz studies at the University of Connecticut, the Winnipeg native earned a bachelor of music degree in jazz performance at McGill University and a master of music degree at Rutgers, where he apprenticed with Kenny Barron. Earl is dedicated to music education, participating as a clinician, guest conductor and teacher at summer camps, in addition to his teaching at the University of Connecticut.
A big congratulations to Earl MacDonald for his recent Juno award nomination - a killer album - it also features fellow death defying records artists Jim Brenan and Craig Brenan -
well done boys!
Hey everyone - we thought you would like to know that the amazing John Hyde has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award - Death Defying Records has now had four nominated artists in two years, and last year Death Defying artist Jerrold Dubyk took home the hardware - wish John the best by heading over to his page -click his link on the right side of the page - Congrats John - you deserve it
hey everyone - dog leg drops on cd baby in the next 24 hours - head over and preview the tracks and let us know what you think.
hey everyone - welcome to the new site - in the next few weeks we will be uploading all the new discs and the photos with the dogs - looking forward to getting this out to you - upcoming discs include - modo trio with wayne horvitz, earl macdonald big band, brenan brothers etc. . .