Fieldtrip is a Montreal-based trio that is “shaping the future of Canadian jazz” according to Maurice Hogue of Winnipeg’s One Man’s Jazz.
All in their twenties, they “compose, arrange and play like highly seasoned vets” and have “already asserted themselves as one of the most promising, unique and exciting ensembles on the Canadian jazz scene” acclaims Cindy McLeod of jazzelements.com.
Fieldtrip takes you on “an exciting journey to a place yet to be named, […bringing you] into their surreal world with influences from Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, modal jazz, bebop and African folk music.” – Keith Price, dig! Magazine Fieldtrip is comprised of Colin Power (alto saxophone), Patrick Reid (bass) and Mark Nelson (drums and percussion) and was formed in 2005 after their graduation from the prestigious jazz performance program at McGill University.
They have released two full length albums including their self-titled debut Fieldtrip (2007) and their most recent offering The Darfur Suite (2008). With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, they promoted both releases with three extensive Canadian tours that brought them praise from audiences and critics across the nation. Roger Levesque of The Edmonton Journal calls them “entertaining” with a “strong but relaxed chemistry” while Cherie Hanson of BC Musician Magazine raves that they are “not to be missed”. In both 2007 and 2008, Fieldtrip spent the winter months fostering their unique sound at the Banff Centre for the Arts upon being awarded scholarships to attend its Creative Residency program. Most recently, they were invited to attend its International Workshop in Creative Music where they were honored to be selected by Dave Douglas to perform with him in the closing concert that featured Ingrid Jensen, Ambrose Akinmusire, Wayne Krantz and The Bad Plus. With over one hundred performances in venues across the country, they have also collaborated with a diverse array of Canada’s top jazz artists including Mike Allen, Adi Braun, Chet Doxas, Jim Head, Kelly Jefferson, Christine Jensen, Andy Milne and The October Trio as well as international artists such as Benoit Delbecq (France) and the award winning Tin Alley String Quartet (Australia).
Their Album “No Destination” is available from TheJazzBox.ca.