Jim Brenan | The Spectre

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The Spectre

by Jim Brenan

Dynamic, contemporary, original compositions influenced by post-Coltrane masters.
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. The Spectre
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2. Hot Pie and Candy
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3. Harm
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4. Yellowcake
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5. Pug Sweet
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6. S.i.
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7. Human Thread
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8. Deeper Down
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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+ Jim Brenan established himself as a top-notch performer and educator in the Canadian jazz community before accepting the position of Coordinator of Jazz Studies at The School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Auckland. His time was well spent in the south pacific having performed and recorded with new Zealands most talented Jazz musicians. After completing two years in new Zealand Jim decided to return to Canada and accept the position of coordinator of credit music at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta.

+ Mr. Brenan holds a Bachelor in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University and a Masters in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he studied with renowned master saxophonist Ralph Bowen.

+ Jim has recorded two CD's under his own name the most recent titled "the Spectre". "...this album is the result four like minded musicians recording music they love to play, it showcases the dynamic nature of Brenan's saxophone virtuosity, and the overall ease with which the band performs together". The new CD features Western Canada's best jazz musicians; Chris Andrew Piano, Rubim de Toledo Bass, and Ron Samsom Drums with compositions by all members of the band.

LINER NOTES by Ralph Bowen

"It comes as no surprise to me that Jim Brenan is reaching even higher ground on this, his second solo CD. It's commonly held that talent alone does not lead to greatness. That is to say, without determination and dedication, talent can simply fade away. A well-seeded garden requires constant irrigation, weeding and pruning in order to lead to a plentiful harvest. Likewise, it's the day after day practice, self-analysis, and repetition that ultimately equip the talented musician to reach a level of consistency and new heights. Jim has impressed me as being such a person since we met in 1993 when he began his graduate work at Rutgers University. His level of dedication was unprecedented and set a standard for every MM saxophone student to ever follow. The Spectre demonstrates both Jim's mastery of the saxophone and composition. Like a gourmet meal, the ultimate dining experience, a great musical idea depends on a smooth, effortless delivery with a constant attention to detail, set within a composition that inspires the performer to journey outside the lines. Jim and his band mtes draw on a variety of influences including the atypical to construct an exciting musical set. Each track is filled with spontaneity and interaction making repeated listening feel like a new experience. I encourage you to relax and enjoy an inspired, artistic, skillfully performed and well-delivered recording."
Ralph Bowen 2006


+ Jim has an extremely active performing/recording career and has been heard across Canada with P.J. Perry, Randy Brecker, Tommy Banks, The Brenan Brothers, and Latin sensation Bomba (recipient of Galaxie rising Star Award) and the United States and Europe as the lead tenor saxophone with The Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau Band. As a member of this band Jim also performed with Diane Schuur and recorded for the Concord record label as a featured soloist on the “Big City Rhythms” big band album.


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Jim Walden

Tremulous sax riffs comprise the spectre's voice, a voice that reaches deep down
The Spectre tiptoes in on synchopated slippers. Elusive yet accessible, like a cat-burglar dodging in out of the searchlight--a masked presence that sometimes soothes and often challenges. What does the Spectre want? It wants to share its voice. Tremulous sax riffs comprise the spectre's voice, a voice that reaches deep down and breaks free in full-colour and celebrates itself. Soon the sax is poured out and flowing across the stony bed of the keyboard like a torrent over pebbles, each note swiftly circling by in eddies of excitement. Then just as gradually as it slid into my listening consciousness The Spectre wafts out again on the saxophone breeze.


A smooth and rich tune pops up next: Hot Pie & Candy is an upbeat tune. It wraps you up in sweet delight. Anticipating each new note I want more--satisfying as a rich dessert? Sure, but never cloying. The meal is not over.

Harm brings your heart back home to rest. A sinister theme? Maybe, yet the instruments still tug you along on the journey, just as inviting and curiously provocative--a pleasureable sort of Harm. I did not regret being enticed by this song.

Yellowcake is served up next. More rich dessert? Nope. Nothing here to weigh down the listening experience. Always on the move it brings mandatory and involuntary toe-tapping and sends you into the next few tracks.

No more spoilers here. Listen yourself!

The CD deserves more than I can say--the skill of the songwriters and the musicians is second to none. If you love music, you will love The Spectre. You have choice here listener: to stop to marvel at the musicianship of Jim Brenan & co. or just enjoy the songs? I smile, hit replay and do it again. Explore it yourself, without reservation, on the urging of someone new to jazz---now haunted by The Spectre.

John Hyde

Jim Brenan reaches another plateau
This CD features an excellent band, excellent compositions and a sax player who never seems to stop reaching for higher ground. Every tune is a gem with twists and turns the listener may not expect. Jim Brenan and his band have produced a stellar CD well worth owning.

James McFaden

great album - fun tunes - killer tenor sax
This Cd is one that will keep you listening all the way through. Great saxophone playing in a modern jazz way - with lots of interesting tunes - check out Hot Pie and Candy - really funky with lots of jazz playing - it starts out awesome and gets better at every listen.