Tom Arthurs [trumpet, flugelhorn]
Bruce McKinnon [piano]
Joe Sorbara [drums, percussion]
Squash Recipe brings together the acclaimed British trumpeter Tom Arthurs with Canadian musicians Bruce McKinnon (piano) and Joe Sorbara (drums and percussion). It is the result of a friendship and musical relationship between the three players that began in 2001 in the cultural hotbed of the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. The trio is shaped by common interests in multi-faceted approaches to music-making and their work together has culminated in an album of intensely playful and engaging music.
Squash Recipe was recorded in Toronto. It includes eight original compositions by the three members of the band, as well as their arrangement of Brahms' Exercise #15. Strong, mind-bending compositions are purposefully dissected and re-assembled through sensitive improvisation, on a sonic journey that incorporates extended instrumental techniques and unexpected timbral combinations. The influences of the group range from Steve Coleman through Erik Satie to the Marx Brothers, and from Paul Klee to Autechre via John Zorn.
"Another step on the way toward Arthurs becoming a major figure."(John Fordham, The Guardian)
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