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.