Trout in Swimwear – Harrison²
Released on February 9th, 2020
Harrison² (pronounced Harrison Squared) is a Toronto-based jazz quartet featuring up-and-coming instrumentalists Harry Vetro and Harrison Argatoff alongside Canadian Jazz legends Mike Murley and Steve Wallace. They are a chordless quartet expressing harmony through only saxophones and bass. This album features 8 original jazz compositions
Dreaming Hears the Still
Released November 2018
The debut CD for saxophonist Harrison Argatoff and pianist Noah Franche-Nolan, “Dreaming Hears the Still” draws heavily from western classical and jazz music, using original composition as a medium for expression and improvisation. This CD features 9 pieces that capture both unique individual musicianship and a distinct approach to the saxophone-piano instrumentation.
These compositions also explore a variety of musical forms, inspired mostly from western musical traditions. This album aims to showcase 2 new voices focused on exploration, freedom, and creativity. It is available to stream on a variety of services, or for purchase directly from Noah and myself.
Northern Ranger – Harry Vetro
Released October 2018
“In 2017, as Canada celebrated 150 years of confederation, 23 year old Hamilton drummer Harry Vetro took to the road. He traveled coast to coast, visiting communities in Canada’s six indigenous cultural areas (Arctic, Subarctic, Northwest Coast, Plateau, Plains, and Eastern Woodlands) in an effort to connect with musicians and artists from different cultural backgrounds, and to better understand the land’s long cultural history.
Northern Ranger, Vetro’s debut album, tells the story of his travels. A jazz musician by training, Harry melded his own style of improvised music with folk and classical influences to create a deeply personal statement, one that speaks to the country as a whole.”
Trillium Falls – U of T 12tet
“This is an altogether sunny and pleasing session by the splendid University of Toronto 12tet, which sounds at times like a full-fledged big band, at others like a leaner and more even-tempered chamber jazz group. The songs and arrangements, most by members of the ensemble (including a couple by director Terry Promane), are lush and lyrical, with good use made on several numbers by the voice of Jacqueline Teh whose vocalese serves as an auxiliary instrument to add warmth and color to the palette.” – Jack Bowers (All About Jazz)