The Dave Young & Terry Promane Octet | Octet, Vol. 1

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Octet, Vol. 1

by The Dave Young & Terry Promane Octet

The Dave Young/Terry Promane Octet The DYTP 8 is a dynamic jazz octet featuring co-leaders and multiple JUNO winners Dave Young (bass) and Terry Promane (trombone) performing original compositions and arrangements by, Terry Promane, Dave Young and Rick W
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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1. Manteca Dave Young & Terry Promane Octet
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2. Unit 7 Dave Young & Terry Promane Octet
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3. Night in Tunisia Dave Young & Terry Promane Octet
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4. To You Dave Young & Terry Promane Octet
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5. Soundings Dave Young & Terry Promane Octet
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6. Stompin' At the Savoy Dave Young & Terry Promane Octet
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7. Still Waters Dave Young & Terry Promane Octet
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8. Better Git Hit in Your Soul Dave Young & Terry Promane Octet
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9. East of Pho Hung Dave Young & Terry Promane Octet
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10. Infra Rae Dave Young & Terry Promane Octet
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This CD embodies what many have called “The Toronto Sound.” This is not a conscious effort, although Toronto jazz composers, arrangers and performers have been a part of an unconscious musical movement akin to the group of 7 painters. This goes back further than my memory, but Dave Young was on the ground floor with Phil Nimmons, Rob McConnell, Rick Wilkins and Ron Collier, all pillars of the local and national jazz consciousness.

The Toronto sound is complicated, but generally relies on a few crucial ingredients; exciting, well crafted and uniquely voiced arrangements, a distinctly Canadian musical sensibility, impeccable tuning, flawless execution and world-class solos.

Through the years, players like Guido Basso, Moe Koffman, Arnie Cycoski, Don Thompson, Eugene Amaro and Ian McDougal helped define the sound of their generation and beyond. I have had the good fortune to have worked closely with all of these musicians including DYTP 8 charter members and Toronto jazz legends, Gary Williamson, Terry Clarke and of course Dave Young. The horn players in this group are all from a younger generation; we remain honoured to carry the torch of a long-standing Toronto tradition.


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John Tapscott

Outstanding Jazz from Some of Canada's Best
Trombonist/composer/arranger Terry Promane describes the music of the Octet he co-leads with bassist Dave Young like this: “This CD embodies what many have called The Toronto Sound. The Toronto Sound is complicated but generally relies on a few crucial ingredients: exciting, well-crafted and uniquely voiced arrangements, a distinctly Canadian musical sensibility, impeccable tuning, flawless and world-class solos.”
Now some may associate the “Toronto Sound” with a kind of studio slickness, but there is absolutely no hint of that here. In fact, the music of the Promane/Young Octet is often quite intense and exciting jazz in the straight-ahead, hard-bop tradition, driven by the fiery drumming of Terry Clarke.
The music is an appealing mixture of jazz standards and originals arranged by either Promane or Young with one composition/arrangement by Rick Wilkins, the memorably Latin-ish “Soundings.” The very original chart by Promane on “Stompin’ at the Savoy” is a highlight as is Young’s arrangement of Mingus’ “Better Git it in Your Soul”. Promane’s swinging original “East of Pho Hung” is based on “East of the Sun”. But it really is hard to pick out favourite tracks or highlights here, because every track is full of hard swinging jazz sounds and interesting solos. Even the mid-tempo and slower charts like Thad Jones’ “To You” and Promane’s “Still Waters” are played with purposeful drive
All members of the Octet have a good deal of solo space. Kevin Turcotte’s trumpet solos are outstanding on Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca” and “Night in Tunisia”. But every soloist and band member sounds inspired - Vern Dorge on alto, Mike Murley on tenor, Promane on trombone, Perry White on baritone, Gary Williamson on piano, Young on bass and the aforementioned Clarke on drums. In fact, one often hears how vital Clarke is to this recording. He really makes this music happen.
The music of the Terry Promane/Dave Young Octet is strong, brilliantly played, uplifting jazz. This may well be the best CD I have heard in the past year. Let us hope for a Vol. 2.