Northern Ontario Suite


“I love Joe’s music and the band sounds just great. “Northern Ontario Suite” is really a beautiful CD” Slide Hampton

Label: Perry Lake Records
Recording Date: Oct 28, 2010
Release Date: Dec 14, 2010

The Joe Sullivan Big Band‘s latest CD, entitled “Northern Ontario Suite” (Perry Lake Records) contains a collection of six songs inspired by Sullivan’s franco-ontarian roots in the northern town of Timmins, Ontario. These songs explore a range of moods and impressions, both from nature, as in the atmospheric “Ionosphere”, which depicts the northern lights and from northern culture as in “The May Run Boogaloo”, which refers to the time in May when northerners return to the woods to celebrate the arrival of summer with a few drinks. In addition to the suite, the album contains two new works by Sullivan and another by Jean Fréchette. This finely-tuned ensemble features such stand-out soloists as Lorne Lofsky, André Leroux, Aron Doyle, Rémi Bolduc, the excellent young trombonist Jean-Nicolas Trottier and Sullivan on trumpet.

Performers

  • Joe Sullivan, band leader, compositions, trumpet & flugel horn
  • Donny Kennedy, lead alto & soprano saxophones
  • Remi Bolduc, alto & soprano saxophones
  • Al Mclean, tenor saxophone
  • André Leroux, tenor & soprano saxophones, flute
  • Jean Frechette, baritone saxophone
  • Jocelyn Couture, lead trumpet & flugel horn
  • Jocelyn Lapointe, trumpet & flugel horn
  • Aaron Doyle, trumpet & flugel
  • Dave Mossing, trumpet & flugel horn
  • Dave Grott, lead trombone
  • Richard Gagnon, trombone
  • Jean-Nicholas Trottier, trombone
  • Bob Ellis, bass trombone
  • André White: piano & fender rhodes
  • Carlos Jimenez: guitar
  • Alec Walkington: acoustic bass
  • Dave Laing: drums

Track Listing

1. Plus Ca Change… – 09:56

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2. Mambo #6 – 07:08

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I) Ionosphere – 12:39

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II) May Run Boogaloo – 04:59

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III) Tiger Lily – 07:12

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IV) Super City Shuffle – 06:26
V) Voices – 07:33

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VI) Abitibi Breeze – 06:14

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9. Later Joe – 09:17

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