The Record Centre
Sunday, December 11, 2016 – 4 to 5 p.m.
Every note was Canadian when 45north played the Record Centre Sunday afternoon.
The Ottawa jazz sextet specializes in music by fellow Canucks – both straight jazz and jazz fusion interpretations of pop and rock songs. So Joni Mitchell's “Both Sides Now” was followed by Mike Murley's “Stanstill”, and David Braid's “Cowboy Bebop” by the Powder Blues Band's “Doin' It Right”.
The combination – lively and upbeat, with horns – was a good antidote to the looming dark and frigid weather outside. The band played to customers who came and went and a varied group of listeners who stayed and clapped enthusiastically – adding to the beat during some songs as well as afterwards. Near the end of the show, a youngster in a blue snowsuit (and a 'Canada' toque) peered through the outer door from the sidewalk in fascination for almost 10 minutes, but couldn't be coaxed inside to hear the band directly.
45north – Ralph Hopper on tenor sax, Jean Trudel on trumpet, Paul O'Connor on keyboards, Ed Stevens on guitar, Andre Van Schyndel on bass, and Steve Barrette on drums – ended their hour-long show with a rousing version of Joni Mitchell's classic “Raised on Robbery”, with Van Schyndel giving the vocals suitable va-voom. At the end, one of the band members had sudden second thoughts, and audibly wondered whether they really should have played a song about robbery in a record store – to the amusement of the audience.
Listeners who came to see the group live at The Record Centre enjoyed the best – indeed, the only - opportunity to hear the band. The show was originally supposed to be simulcast on CKCU-FM. However, because of an equipment glitch at CKCU, this did not happen.
– Alayne McGregor
- Flip Flop Fly (Downchild Blues Band)
- Blue Jeans (Rob Lussier)
- Fissure (Snaggle)
- Intrada (Alan Matheson)
- Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)
- Stanstill (Mike Murley)
- Honeydew Harbour (David Restivo)
- Cowboy Bebop (David Braid)
- Doin' It Right (Powder Blues Band)
- Raised on Robbery (Joni Mitchell)