“There” released on September 27th, 2011
On September 27, 2011 Anzic Records proudly releases the much-anticipated new recording from drummer/composer Ernesto Cervini, There. Recorded live at the end of November 2010, at Cory Weed’s Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver, There, features Joel Frahm (saxophones), Adrean Farrugia (piano) and Dan Loomis (bass) and Cervini (drums.) The album follows up Cervini’s previous recording distributed by Anzic Records, Little Black Bird (2009), which received heaps of praise from critics and fans alike.
On There, his third recording as a leader, Cervini and the band revel in the joy that musicians experience playing for an enthusiastic crowd, and gives the listener a front row seat to enjoy this riveting set of music. Cervini commented that, performing for a live audience is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a musician. The energy that we get from the audience pushes us to even greater levels of creativity and spontaneity. This was definitely the case when I brought my quartet to perform for two nights at the Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver. The sold-out audience was fantastic, and they propelled us to create some of our best performances to date. Luckily, we recorded both nights and this album features the best music culled from those shows.
The title, There, comes from the fact that the music was recorded over “there” in Vancouver, on the other side of Canada from Cervini’s residence in Toronto, and also references and contrasts the drummer/composer’s debut CD, Here. Two of the tunes featured on There, “Gramps” and “TGV”, are from that first recording. The album art features a drawing by Cervini’s wife, Jenny depicting an abstract view of the Cross-Canada tour’s path.
Like most of the music on There, the album’s opening tune draws its inspiration from places Cervini has visited (he clearly possesses a quality that all great drummers share; he’s always listening), and people that have left indelible impressions on the artist. “Granada Bus” borrows its bass line from a little melody that plays at bus stops in Granada to let people know of the impending arrival of the bus, and, it happens to be in 9/8! “Gramps” is a heartfelt ballad written for Cervini’s grandfather while he was sick several years ago (he is better now!), followed by “TGV”, based on a jingle Cervini overheard in a famous Parisian train station. He explains, while on vacation in Europe, my wife and I took the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse), which is the bullet train traveling between Paris and London. Whenever there was a track announcement over the P.A. system, they played a couple notes first to get people’s attention and I thought it sounded very interesting (and quite mysterious).
Other highlights on There include “Tullamore”, the name of an Ontario city Cervini has passed many times in his travels, but has never actually been to. “The Monks of Oka” is dedicated to the wonderful Thelonious Monk, and it’s named after the monks of Oka, Quebec who make fantastic cheese. Pianist Adrean Farrugia and saxophonist Joel Frahm also brought in some compelling music, “Woebegone” (Farrugia) and Alert (Frahm), to the quartet during this tour. The drummer’s good friend, trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis, arranged the album’s one standard, “Secret Love”.
I hope that this CD conveys the wonderful interaction we had with our audiences on those two nights, and gives you a feeling of the “live” music experience we all enjoyed! – Ernesto Cervini
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There was generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council