The Romance of Improvisation in Canada: The Genius of Eldon Rathburn The Romance of Improvisation

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Album-Release:
2018

HRA-Release:
16.11.2018

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  • 1The Romance of Improvisation in Canada ((From "The Romance of Transportation in Canada"))03:03
  • 2Fish Spoilage Control ((From "Fish Spoilage Control"))04:47
  • 3Conveyance by Canoe ((From "The Romance of Transportation in Canada"))05:15
  • 4Club Café Tango ((From "Fish Spoilage Control"))04:05
  • 5The Industrial Revolution Comes to Canada ((From "The Romance of Transportation in Canada"))00:31
  • 6Ox Driver's Blues I ((From "The Romance of Transportation in Canada"))01:51
  • 7Ox Driver's Blues II ((From "The Romance of Transportation in Canada"))02:21
  • 8Ox Driver's Blues III (From "The Romance of Transportation in Canada")01:51
  • 9Police ((From "Police"))05:39
  • 10Fresh Fish Delish! Le Poisson se mange frais! ((From "Fish Spoilage Control"))04:26
  • 11Rathburn Mambo ((From "Fish Spoilage Control"))03:48
  • 12The Rockies ((From "The Romance of Transportation in Canada"))07:34
  • Total Runtime45:11

Info for The Romance of Improvisation in Canada: The Genius of Eldon Rathburn



The Romance of Improvisation in Canada was recorded in February 2018 at the NFB’s historic studio in Montreal, the very studio where Rathburn had worked and collaborated so frequently during his career. This versatile all-star combo consisting of Petr Cancura, Kevin Turcotte, Marianne Trudel, Adrian Vedady and Jim Doxas takes the listener on a voyage through lively bebop to free jazz, tango and mambo, and brings the recording to a touching conclusion with a sentimental ballade. There is something here for all tastes and interests! The Romance of Improvisation in Canada is a uniquely inspiring and ground-breaking Canadian creative project, one that plays between a tender nostalgia and the best of forward-looking 21st-century jazz.

"Canadian composer Eldon Rathburn (1916-2008) wrote more than 250 film scores, most of them during his thirty-year career as a staff composer for the National Film Board of Canada. Arguably Canada’s most prolific composer of film music, Rathburn experimented with a wide range of styles and instrumental configurations throughout his career, with influences ranging from classical, bluegrass, country, blues, electronic, avant-garde, church and dance music genres, to popular music and jazz. The core musical materials for this project are drawn from three timeless NFB short films: an Oscar-nominated animated romp through transportation history titled The Romance of Transportation in Canada (Colin Low, Wolf Koenig, Robert Verrall, 1952), Fish Spoilage Control (Wolf Koenig, Gerald Potterton, 1956), a deliciously zany animated film commissioned by Fisheries Canada, and Police (Terence Macartney-Filgate, 1958), a behind-the-scenes look at the daily challenges faced by the Toronto police force. Working with themes from Rathburn's scores for these films, producers/arrangers Adrian Matte and Allyson Rogers created a series of brilliant arrangements that were designed as a springboard for the improvisatory skills and imagination of the five leading Canadian jazz artists who enthusiastically endorsed the project and accepted the challenge."

The Romance of Improvisation



The Romance of Improvisation
in Canada was recorded in February 2018 at the NFB’s historic studio in Montreal, the very studio where Rathburn had worked and collaborated so frequently during his career. This versatile all-star combo consisting of Petr Cancura, Kevin Turcotte, Marianne Trudel, Adrian Vedady and Jim Doxas takes the listener on a voyage through lively bebop to free jazz, tango and mambo, and brings the recording to a touching conclusion with a sentimental ballade. There is something here for all tastes and interests! The Romance of Improvisation in Canada is a uniquely inspiring and ground-breaking Canadian creative project, one that plays between a tender nostalgia and the best of forward-looking 21st-century jazz.

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