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by Drumheller

Please Dance 03:58
Sketch #11 04:18
Hunter 14:19
Sketch #14 05:51


For the past five or so years, Drumheller have carved out an astonishing niche within Toronto jazz, blending the loose little-big-band interplay of Charles Mingus’ 1960s groups and the idiosyncratic harmonic adventures of Ornette Coleman. Drumheller’s third album, "Glint," contains some of the band’s most memorable melodies (“Quilted Hands” and “Sketch #14”) as well as some serious soloing highlighted by guitarist Eric Chenaux’s lengthy workout on “Nifac63Charlie” and Brodie West’s skittering alto sax jaunt over the roiling drums of “Sketch #11.” “The Merignac Whistler” intertwines seasick polyrhythms while “Hunter” finds drummer Nick Fraser leading the band through 14 minutes of brooding post-rock that’s strangely reminiscent of Miles Davis’ “Nefertiti.” Drumheller’s devotion to space and open rhythms can be difficult to dig, but even their most confounding sonic risks pay off many times along the way, courtesy of players who continue to prove themselves to be among the city’s most inventive musicians. - Chris Bilton


released July 16, 2021

Eric Chenaux — electric guitar, nylon string guitar
Rob Clutton — double bass
Nick Fraser — drums
Doug Tielli — trombone
Brodie West — alto saxophone

Recorded by Jeff McMurrich at 6 Nassau, Toronto, 2009
Mastered by Harris Newman
Design by Lewis Nicholson
Drawings by Doug Tielli

Drumheller gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council

All compositions SOCAN


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Rat-drifting Toronto, Ontario

Rat-drifting music searches for specificity, celebrates detail. It experiments with radical particularity and wonders about the possibilities and potentials of those experiments. If the music drifts, it does so in the hopes that the listener drifts with it—her/his imagination experimenting with the possibilities of the music as well, as they find their own route through their own experience. ... more

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