PERSONNEL & CREDITS
Bill McBirnie – Flute
Bernie Senensky – Hammond B3 Organ
Anthony Michelli – Drums
Produced – by Bill McBirnie
Co-produced – by Pacy Shulman
Engineering, mixing and mastering – by Pacy Shulman of Hilo Studio
Hammond B3 Organ - provided by Phil Manning of Artist Piano Care
Rock sculpture and cover photograph – by Peter Riedel
Photograph of Bill – by Diane Aubie
Graphic layout and design – by Staci Patten of Accurate Audio
Recorded June 10th and 11th, 2013 at Hilo Studio, Toronto, Ontario
Bill is a designated Haynes Artist. He plays a Wm. S. Haynes Classic Fusion O as well as two vintage, handcrafted Haynes flutes.
Bill McBirnie/Extreme Flute
Phone: (416) 652-1541
THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
This trio would not be the unique combination that it is without the support of two enormously talented Canadian musicians; namely, Bernie Senensky on the Hammond B3 organ and Anthony Michelli on drums. To both of them, I offer my utmost thanks—first, for agreeing to participate in what was a rather eccentric "organ trio” project to start with—and, second, for exercising such superior workmanship in doing so.
I would also like to thank my co-producer, Pacy Shulman, for his fine sonic craftsmanship and for being so easy to work with throughout the entire process.
I would also like to take this opportunity to express my longstanding gratitude to both the staff and volunteers at Canada's premier jazz station, Jazz.FM91, as well as to Bob Parlocha in the USA, because they have all provided me with much needed—and much appreciated—support over the years.
I will also take this occasion to acknowledge some of the musicians who have had a direct, lasting and personal impact on me in the course of my musical development; notably (and in chronological order), William Hoare, Junior Mance, Robert Aitken, Frank Falco, Mike Segal, Bruce Jones, Memo Acevedo, Sir James Galway, Louis Simao, Ruben Diaz and Emilie-Claire Barlow.
Finally, in addition to providing constant encouragement and support, my wife, Svetlana, has always taken the time to critique me, thoughtfully and intelligently. So, in picking the tunes for this project, I tried to reciprocate, at least in part, by selecting more minor pieces than I otherwise might have (including the title track which is, of course, for her) because not only do minor tunes seem to resonate with her Russian soul but, more importantly, because in choosing to be with me, she has enabled me to...find my place!...
Bill McBirnie has achieved something decidedly unlikely for a Canadian flute player, raised in the small town of Port Colborne, Ontario.
Despite a rather unremarkable musical beginning, he has succeeded in attaining an international standing as one of today's foremost jazz flutists, all while rarely setting foot outside of his native city of Toronto, Ontario.
What has made his slow but steady progress possible has been a long and diligent study of both jazz and classical techniques which Bill combined with a patient determination to make the flute sound natural and convincing in non-classical contexts.
Bill's longstanding commitment to the instrument has earned him consistently unequivocal acclaim and awards, both here in Canada and abroad; including Flutist of the Year (Jazz Report Awards), winner of all three of the Jazz Flute (1) Soloist, (2) Masterclass and (3) Big Band Competitions (National Flute Association in the USA), Best Jazz Album (Toronto Independent Music Awards) and nomination for Best Jazz Album (Independent Music Awards in the USA).
As a testimony to his noteworthy place in the international flute community, Bill was solicited personally by the esteemed classical flutist, Sir James Galway, to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist at Sir James' official web site—and this despite Bill’s limited renown and virtual seclusion in Canada.
Other Bill McBirnie albums you will enjoy:
- Mercy (with Robi Botos, Pat Collins and John Sumner) - EF05
- Paco Paco (with Bernie Senensky, Neil Swainson and John Sumner) - EF04
- Nature Boy (with Mark Eisenman, Steve Wallace and John Sumner) - EF03
- Scratch It! (Extreme Flute) - EF02
- Desvio (with Bruce Jones) - EF01