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Saturday, June 8, 2019: Ferguson/Tremblay/Young/Clarke CD Release at the Unitarian Church
It's been ten years since Ottawa saxophonist Mike Tremblay and pianist/trombonist Mark Ferguson released their first album together. Home has been a long-time favourite (and even an ear-wormer) for us, and we were delighted to hear they had recorded a new album, this time with the renowned and swinging rhythm section of bassist Dave Young and drummer Terry Clarke.
The combination worked, says Ferguson. “Listening to the album I marvel sometimes how Terry will... it’s almost like he has a sixth sense. He’s hearing what a soloist is doing, and really doing something complementary. And Dave’s the same way. Dave’s sense of swing is just amazing, and it makes you sound better. He’s easy to play with and they’re both so supportive, they make you sound better.”
The quartet will officially release the album, Appleface, in Ottawa on Tuesday in a concert at the Unitarian church. They'll perform the entire album, a varied collection of original tunes by Ferguson and Tremblay. They first performed them at GigSpace last September, and then recorded them in December. “For me, it was just really cool to hear my tunes come alive, with all these different perspectives that I had no real idea were there when I wrote these tunes,” Tremblay recounts.
Read the OttawaJazzScene.ca interview with Ferguson and Tremblay, in which they explain the unexpected story behind the album's title, the important role audiences played in its development, and the tribute they included in it to a late Ottawa jazz master.
Get there! The concert is at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue. The church is just off Richmond Road, east of Woodroffe Avenue and west of Broadview Avenue. The church has directions and a map. OC Transpo route 11 stops on Richmond Road close to the church, route 16 stops at Dovercourt and Sherbourne about 10 minutes walk away, and route 87 stops at Woodroffe and Richmond, about 12 minutes walk away. Try the OC Transpo Trip Planner to find your trip to the show!