WHO: Mike Field Jazz Quintet
WHAT: A CD Release concert for Rush Mode
WHERE: The Rex Hotel, 194 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON / (416) 598-2475
WHEN: Sunday, October 6 @ 9:30 pm - midnight
TICKETS: $8 @ the door / CDs are $15
WEBSITES: www.mikefieldjazz.com /www.therex.ca
TORONTO – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 –Toronto-based trumpeter and composer MIKE FIELDcelebrates the launch of his sophomore CD RUSH MODE on Sunday, October 6th with a concert at Toronto’s premiere jazz club The Rex Hotel. The local date will be followed by a much-anticipated tour to New Zealand, including performances at the prestigious Nelson Jazz festival. For more information please visitwww.mikefieldjazz.com
Since the release of his first album Ashes in 2011, brilliant jazz man Mike Field has been on the move gigging from one big city to the next – travelling as far afield as Germany, France and even on board a ship to Antarctica – but mainly shuttling between Los Angeles and Toronto, all the while composing a continuous stream of new material. Now with dates at the Rex and the Nelson Jazz Festival in New Zealand, Field continues the whirlwind of activity with his latest CD RUSH MODE – an eclectic collection of jazz tunes ranging from classic bebop to Latin-flavoured romps. The through line is as the title suggests, a portrait of the way we live our busy lives, though Field’s take is definitely more on the positive side.
As with his last album, Field likes to keep it upbeat on Rush Mode. The band does it all here and they do it all really well. The songs are driven mainly by Field’s playful, virtuoso trumpet and the superb artistry of saxmanPaul Metcalfe; the pair play on these recordings as if they’re “brothers from another mother.” The short, snappy, bouncy tunes keep the sense of excitement and energy throughout, save for the hauntingly beautiful ballad “The Last of the Summer Days” featuring the exquisite, smoky vocals of musical guest Sophia Perlman.
Among the highlights are the title track, where sprightly flamenco flourishes (by special guest Kevin Laliberté on guitar), meet classic bop horns; “Play for You,” a vintage, dirty-thirties-
In addition to Field and Metcalfe, the Mike Field Jazz Quintet includes exceptional players Carlie Howell on upright bass, Dave Chan on drums, Teri Parker on piano with special guest musicians Rosendo "Chendy" León on percussion and Mark Eisenman on Fender rhodes and piano.
Produced by Shelly Berger, the nine-track album was recorded at Canterbury Music Company in Toronto between June 2012 and May 2013, engineered by Jeremy Darby and mixed by Andrew Mullin.
Oct 6 – The Rex Hotel – Toronto
Oct 11 – Harlem Restaurant – Toronto
Oct 18 – Harlem Restaurant – Toronto
Oct 25 – Harlem Restaurant – Toronto
Nov 1 – Gate 403 – Toronto
Dec 29 –The Mussel Inn – Takaka, New Zealand
Jan 1 – Nelson Jazz Festival – Mapua, New Zealand
Jan 2 – Nelson Jazz Festival – Mapua, New Zealand
Jan 4 – dbc – Wairau Valley, New Zealand
Jan 9 – Le Café – Picton, New Zealand
Jan 21 – Auckland Jazz & Blues Society – Auckland, New Zealand
Jan 24 – Waiheke Island Resort – Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Jan 25 – The Bay – Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Jan 26 – Hamilton Jazz Society – Hamilton, New Zealand
"A trumpet that flows between the melancholic and the playful."
~ Josiah Blackmore, Cultural Critic
"Emotion and verve -- Field's music alternates seamlessly between playfulness and growling sincerity."
~ Bob Davidson, Author of Jazz Age Barcelona
"Mike’s standards sound to me like both recreations and sometimes unpredictable re-interpretations of familiar pieces. He doesn’t just replay a piece, he brings out its underlying texture, its emotional tensions, its artistic implications, giving back to us pieces we thought we already knew."
~ Chris Michalski, Poet and Performer
"Sultry yet playful, Mike Field's trumpet digs beneath the notes to find a song's true character."
~ Jonathan Fowlie, Journalist
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Video: The Making of "Rush Mode" (Part Two) http://www.youtube.com/
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