"Cool compositions, captivating arrangements and powerful horn sections are part of this modern jazz album ...powerful and grooving..."
-Wulf Muller, All That Jazz
"An album that provides toe-tapping rhythms and powerful melodic lines delivered by a strong horn section, Surefire Sweat is a worthy addition to the world of world beats."
- Jazz Journal, UK
"It’s a big sound and it looms larger as the disc progresses... This album really has it all for anyone who enjoys the space where jazz, funk and world grooves collide... I can’t wait to hear their next album."
- Jazz And Beyond, Australia
"... references to traditional forms while continuously innovating melodically and harmonically around the sparkling and venerable rhythms that inform their eloquent music."
- Raul da Gama, Toronto Jazz Report
All compositions by L.Graves (SOCAN)
Tracks 4, 7 audio capture by Reza Moghaddas at The Small World Music Centre, Toronto, January 20, 2019
Tracks 1-3, 5, 6, 8 audio capture by Jeremy Darby, assisted by Julian DeCorte at The Canterbury Music Company, Toronto, January 29, 2019
All tracks Mixed and Mastered by Justin Gray
Produced by L.Graves
Dave Chan- percussion, hand claps, piano, hammond organ, vocals
Rob Neal Christian- flute
Brad Eaton- trumpet
Larry Graves- drums, percussion, hand claps, vocals
Elena Kapeleris- tenor sax, vocals
Paul MacDougall- guitars, vocals
Paul Metcalfe- baritone sax
Liam Smith- bass guitar, rhodes, vocals
Thanks to Canada Council For The Arts and The Ontario Arts Council for generously supporting the creation and production of this music.
Surefire Sweat, is made up of a diverse & multi-generational roster of Toronto-based artists. The original music, composed
by drummer, Larry Graves, draws on an amalgam of Brass Band, Funk, Jazz, Blues & Afrobeat styles. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage audiences through improvisational explorations and danceable instrumental orchestrations....more