Attic Jump moves in a very bold and thrilling new direction, with high-energy groove and danceable swing
Award-winning, Toronto-based artist, trumpeter and composer Mike Field returns from his rigorous Canadian/international tour, for the CD release concert celebrating his energetic, swingin’ new album ATTIC JUMP. The album, nominated in 2015 for a Toronto Independent Music Award (TIMA) also topped the Canadian jazz charts and received CBC and international airplay. The Mike Field Jazz Band will take the stage from 9:30 pm to midnight, on Sunday, July 24th at the Rex Hotel, 194 Queen St W, Toronto, ON.
Copies of Attic Jump are available at www.mikefieldjazz.com/store, iTunes, Amazon and all regular digital distribution channels.
Mike Field is one of the hardest working artists around and touring is the foundation of his great success. He returns to Toronto after a highly successful six-month tour spanning a wide range of countries from Australia to Korea! While touring, he performs his compositions with local musicians at jazz festivals, societies and clubs from each country, which creates an opportunity for new life to the music wherever he’s performing.
Notable recent concerts include the Nelson Jazz Festival in New Zealand, the Grampians Jazz Festival in Australia, the Newmarket and Niagara-on-the-Lake Jazz Festivals in Canada, The Lighthouse Cafe in Los Angeles, SCAT Jazz Club in Madeira and Gregory’s Jazz Club in Rome. Field is already planning his next tour for the winter of 2016.
Field’s latest album Attic Jump, was nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award (TIMA) in the fall of 2015, and it also topped the Canadian jazz charts while enjoying great press, plus national and international airplay. It’s a real departure from previous works Ashes and sophomore album Rush Mode – which won five Aurora Awards, two Independent Music Video Awards (IMVAs) and was nominated for two Independent Music Awards (IMAs).
Attic Jump moves in a very bold and thrilling new direction, with high-energy groove and danceable swing. The title track jump-starts your listening engine for the ride you’re about to take. With the introduction of some hot guitar licks via Craig Stull into Field’s work, the songs are filled with New Orleans bounce, Brian Setzer-styled rockabilly and Santana-like guitar solos, plus Count Basie-esque, high, tinkling trills on the piano by Mark Camilleri, as in the jumpin’ jive tune “One Time in Tibet.”
As if that isn’t enough, Field interjects and seamlessly weaves even more jazz strands into the mix, where Django Reinhardt gypsy guitar meets Dixieland clarinet meets bebop brass (including William Carn on trombone) on songs like “The Last Trip Home.”
Field’s writing continues to be heavily influenced by his travelling experiences, as evidenced by the aforementioned titles, as well as with “Train Station Frustration” – where Field’s love for Latin jazz grooves like the rhumba shines through, with layers of Santana-styled guitar, Charlie Palmieri staccato piano and awesome wailing trumpet throughout – and “High Altitude,” a sunny pop Andrews Sisters type of melody from the ‘40s.
Copious travelling encounters have spawned songs such as “Autopilot” – Field’s nod to “Hit the Road Jack,” with the four-note descending background lick that’s finger-snappin’ good, allowing for the players to stretch a bit more in the solos – and the incredible “Dance of the Biometrics,” which was inspired by customs officials constantly asking for more biometric data every time you cross the border (fingerprints, retinal scans, voice recognition, portraits, etc.).
The latter tune has a more Eastern European flavor, with a klezmer/polka rhythm (led by groove masters Steve Heathcote on drums and Scott Alexander on bass), that evokes a silent movie soundtrack for a Charlie Chaplin or Keystone Cops chase sequence. Saxophonist Vern Dorge (whose tone and dexterity is impeccable throughout the album) wails over choppy, hysterical piano in this Jewish-wedding romp.
Amongst all of the upbeat, toe-tapping fun is the lone, slow melody “Sing to the Evening,” a lullabye that features soulful, passionate vocals by jazz songstress Sophia Perlman, who also appeared on Field’s last album.
Attic Jump is full of jumpin’ jive, and combines many other classic jazz elements with a modern spin that perfectly showcases Field’s deftly honed trumpeting prowess, as well as the masterful musicianship of some of the country’s finest session musicians. – CINEWS/Speak Music.