York Sessions

by Paul Aitken

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Two Moons 08:15
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Long Gone 06:17
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Padinam 07:36
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The Angels 04:45
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Phase Two 07:29

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York Sessions is my second independent release under his own name. Recorded in the spring of 2001, this CD reached #1 on the CHRW Radio Western jazz charts where it stayed for the whole of that following summer. Featuring some of Toronto’s finest young musicians, York Sessions is another collection of all original material. There are some re-workings of tunes heard on Live at the Jack Lyons Concert Hall, along with newer compositions. This album is in a slightly more traditional modern jazz framework: the swinging "One Up (One Down)" and "Two Moons" are evidence of that. There are tips of the hat to the funkier sounds of Keith Jarrett, and also some tunes influenced by Pat Metheny, one of my idols.

Thanks to...Sean Dalton and Michael Coghlan at York University for co-ordination assistance, Wes Cheang and Scott McCutcheon for the Mini-disc recorders, Mike Tamasi for the effects processor, Theo Schachter for mastering software, Brad Van der Zanden at SOCAN, Kevin Greene, Jeff Floyd, AFM Local #279, The Bacchus Lounge, London; Brewery Bay, Orillia; The New PL, John Sharpe at SCENE, and Andreas Gripp at CHRW Radio Western.

Recording and cover image by Paul Aitken

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released June 1, 2001

Paul Aitken - guitar
Stephen Macdonald - saxophones
Dan Austin - bass
Jamie Messum - drums

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Paul Aitken London, Ontario

I'm a guitarist based in London, Ontario, Canada.

I'm a busy side-person playing with a lot of Southwestern Ontario's finest singer-songwriters. I also lead my own trio, which plays improvised instrumental music.

BFA, Jazz Performance/Musicology (York)

MA, Music Criticism (McMaster)

PhD, Communications and Media Studies (Leeds).
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