Although only on the Canadian jazz scene for a short while, Calgary based B3 organ trio Sinistrio are already making waves. Sinistrio’s refreshing new sound likens comparisons to groups such as Soulive, Larry Goldings, and Medeski Martin & Wood. Their music can be categorized as jazz, groove, pop, latin, and soul. Popular across a range of music listeners, this groove-based organ trio is a good initiation for those new to the jazz world with their funky and modern style. At the same time, their music reaches out to veteran jazz fans through the bands’ harmonic and soloistic depth.
Members Jeff Drummond (Guitar) Steve Fletcher (Organ) and Jon May (Drums) together make artful music based around the B3 organ. Sinistrio is indicative of the modern Canadian musical landscape fusing urban and jazz sensibilities into an unforgettable sound one won’t soon forget. Sinistrio’s band leader, Jon May, had always been interested in the texture created with an organ based trio. “I’ve always really liked the sound of organ,” admits May. “But in particular, there’s something about the left-hand bass. The tone that you can get out of it is lower than a regular bass, and it fills the space so much more.” Jon was excited when he met like-minded musicians in Steve and Jeff.
The group has been working together regularly in Western Canada since their inception in late 2006. They are pleased to announce being signed to the roster of Chronograph Records. Their debut album was released in early November 2007 to sold-out crowds. The Sinistrio performs a mixture of original compositions as well as arrangements of jazz standards and pop music all with a twist that only this group can deliver. The group will be touring jazz festivals across Canada and the Northern United States in 2008.