The Brodie West Quintet

 
 

“For decades, Toronto’s field of creative music has thrived on the creative energies of a handful of original, uncompromising voices. Alto saxophonist and composer Brodie West is unquestionably one of them, and his Quintet recording, Clips, is both his most achieved work and one of the best Canadian jazz records of 2018. West’s smart, varied composing blends quirky post-Coleman bebop chromatism, agitated rhythmic investigation, and the rough-hewn lyricism inspired by his work with The Ex and legendary Ethiopian tenorman, Getatchew Mekuria. West and pianist Tania Gill share a gloriously lateral imagination, and their stellar rapport is spurred on by the off-kilter swing of the twin drum team of Evan Cartwright and Nick Fraser, plus Josh Cole’s solid double-bass foundation. Outstanding.”
Guelph Jazz Festival 2019 Program re: performance Friday, 13 September, 8pm, Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre with Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey & Hank Roberts.

“This is exciting, eventful music of the highest quality […] Defying conventional wisdom, perhaps, Brodie West’s music is complex, creative and loose.”
Andy Hamilton, Wire Magazine.

“The alto saxophonist continues to destroy the proverbial artificial walls erected in music.”  
Raul Da Gama, Wholenote Magazine

“…a kind of sonic solitude emerging from the bandleader’s quintet.”
Kerilie McDowall, Downbeat Magazine

“…a complex momentum that seemingly reviews the jazz language of the 1950s, but which is oddly and absolutely contemporary.”  
Stuart Broomer, Musicworks Magazine.

“First and foremost: this is a jazz album, the way jazz was intended: "the sound of surprise”…. as serious as they come, yet goes straight to the heart… ”
Nilan Perera, Exclaim Magazine

 

RECORDINGS

 

The Brodie West Quintet

Clips

Brodie West alto-saxophone, compositions
Tania Gill piano
Josh Cole bass
Nick Fraser drums
Evan Cartwright drums

Artwork by Sandy Plotnikoff

Recorded at Canterbury Studio Feb 19/20 2018 by Jeremy Darby and Julian Decourte
Mixed by Matt Smith
Mastered by Fedge

LORNA 11

 
 


The Brodie West Quintet

Brodie West alto-saxophone, compositions
Tania Gill piano
Josh Cole bass
Nick Fraser drums
Evan Cartwright drums

Recorded at the Tranzac March 27/28 2017

Recorded and Mastered by Fedge

LORNA 09

 

video

Video by Chris Boni

 
Brodie West Quintet Recording Session Feb. 2018 19604A.JPG