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.