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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.
About Dave Young.
There is no doubt that Winnipeg born bassist and composer, Dave Young possesses artistic soul, and musical skill in abundance. His exceptional career has made him a much sought-after jazz bassist who regularly performs internationally with an array of jazz (and classical) luminaries, as well as with his own performing units. In recognition of his remarkable career in jazz, Dave Young was honoured at “The 2003 National Jazz Awards” as “Jazz Bassist of the Year”. The award was richly deserved, and is a tribute to Dave’s chops, highly developed musical sensibility, versatility and life-long commitment to Jazz and Jazz Education.
Dave first began studying the guitar and violin at age ten, but a turn of events at his first gig (a university dance band) compelled him to pick up the bass. Equally comfortable with symphonic work and acoustic jazz, Dave is a multiple threat. As classical artist, he was the principal Double Bassist for a number of years with the Edmonton and Winnipeg Symphonies as well as with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. As a jazz artist, he is a chameleon-like bassist, who often shines brightest in collaborative efforts with other musicians. Because of his technical skill (no doubt a direct result of his extensive classical disciplines) Dave regularly brings jazz bass playing to a new level. Few bassists (jazz or otherwise) are able to dig in, swing hard and still render a lyrical and beautiful arco solo.
Dave Young’s elegant, moving and symbiotic performances with the late guitarist Lenny Breau are legendary. Dave worked with Lenny Breau’s Quartet from 1961-66. Recently a “live” CD has been made available by Randy Bachman’s “Guitar Archives” label. The CD is a recording of a 1983 performance of the duo at the former Toronto jazz hot-spot, “Bourbon Street” (also the title of the CD).
The list of artists with whom Dave Young has shared the stage and/or recording studio, is a veritable “Who’s Who” of international jazz…including the venerable jazz giant Oscar Peterson (with whom Dave has had a twenty-five year professional relationship), Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Zoot Simms, Joe Williams, Oliver Jones, Rob McConnell, Kenny Burrell, Cedar Walton, Hank Jones, Nat Adderly, Peter Appleyard, Gary Burton, Barney Kessel, Ed Bickert, Ranee Lee, Marcus Belgrave, Don Thompson, Kenny Burrell and James Moody.
About Terry Promane.
Terry is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the University Toronto, The Director of “The Jazz Camp” at the Interprovincial Music Camp (IMC) and remains busy as a freelance tenor trombone/tuba/bass trombonist. He appears with numerous Toronto based groups including, The Mike Murley Septet, The John Macleod Big Band, The Paul Read Orchestra (PRO), Dave Young Sextet, The Dave Young/Terry Promane Octet, The DYTP Big Band (Dave Young/Terry Promane) The Kirk MacDonald Big Band, a long time member of The Boss Brass, an original member The Rob McConnell Tentet and the newly formed Davidson/Carn 9 (D/C 9).
As an educator, Terry is active presenting seminars and clinics at the Ontario Band Association (OBA), the Ontario Music Educators Association (OMEA) and Musicfest where Terry continues as the conductor of The Yamaha Allstar Big Band.
Theatre credits include, The Sound of Music, The Drowsy Chaperone, Show Boat, Fosse, The Producers, The Lord of the Rings Jolson, Crazy for You, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and many more.
As a composer and arranger, Terry writes for the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestras, The Dave Young Sextet/Octet – The Paul Read Orchestra, (PRO), The Kirk MacDonald Big Band, The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, and most recently DYTP Big Band and DC9
Terry has received a number of National Jazz Awards nominations including Arranger of The Year 2005 and “Jazz Trombonist of the Year 2005, 2006, and 2007. In 1999, and 2000, Terry was honored as the “Jazz Trombonist of theYear” from the Jazz Report magazine.