“This band sounds like no other today in Jazz.” – DownBeat Magazine, listing Jane Bunnett and Maqueque as one of the Top 10 Jazz Groups in its most recent Critics Poll.
TORONTO, May 31, 2019 – Ahead of next month’s headline performance at the prestigious Montreal International Jazz Festival, JANE BUNNETT has confirmed the release of her new album On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme with MAQUEQUE, which will be released September 6, 2019 via Linus Entertainment/True North Records.
JANE BUNNETT and MAQUEQUE has evolved – in less than five years – from a project to support and honor the new generation of young women jazz players and composers, to a Grammy nominated, critically acclaimed band that is in demand internationally at major Jazz festivals.
This all-female collective is led by veteran jazz icon, soprano saxophone player, flautist, composer and proud Canadian JANE BUNNETT. With five Juno awards, three Grammy nominations and an Officer of the Order of Canada (Canada’s highest civilian award) JANE BUNNETT decided to dedicate herself to taking MAQUEQUE to the world.
Prior to recording On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme, JANE BUNNETT and MAQUEQUE went from strength to strength touring constantly from Canada’ s Yukon to Colombia, Brazil, Cuba and Panama to major US Jazz festivals and clubs including Newport, Monterey, Saratoga, Birdland and Lincoln Center.
A recent collaborator, Sacred Steel guitar player and vocalist Nikki D Brown, comes from the Church and hails from Toledo, Ohio. She contributes fiery steel and soulful vocals to ‘On Firm Ground’ and melancholy playing and Vocals on ‘Broken Heart.’ Daymé Arocena (a founding member and inspiration for the group) is full on for this recording and offers her composition ‘Mysteries of Jane’s House,’ showing how in a few short years she has become one of the bright lights and biggest stars in Afro-Cuban Jazz.
Pianist Dánae Olano wrote three compositions and has becomes Jane’s closest collaborator. Her playing and composition skills have blossomed, and her pieces represent the heart and soul of this third MAQUEQUE recording. Other highlights include three new JANE BUNNETT compositions, including ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do’ with lyrics by past member Melvis Santa, who adds her vocals throughout the CD. Drummer Yissy García is the heartbeat and power that propels MAQUEQUE along, especially with new members Mary Paz on percussion and bassist Tailin Marrero, who adds a beautiful acoustic bass sound. Another surprise is the addition of MAQUEQUE’s newest member, Joanna Majoko, an incredibly soulful vocalist whose roots are in Zimbabwe and who immediately connected with the MAQUEQUE groove.
Producer Larry Cramer contributes a stunning take on John Coltrane’s “Moment’s Notice,” done in a conga style and clocking in just under three minutes.
In conjunction with the album’s release, JANE BUNNETT and MAQUEQUE will kick off an approximate 20-date run this summer and fall kicking off in Michigan with more concerts to be announced shortly.
Check www.janebunnett.com/tour/ for updated concerts info.
Stephen Braunginn says
I’m Steve Braunginn, co-host of “Strictly Jazz Sounds,” on WORT89.9-FM, Madison, Wisconsin’s listener-sponsored, community radio station. We are the only station in WI that consistently has jazz five days a week. We are currently pre-recording our shows from our homes, creating a new dynamic that has compelled me to pursue independent relationships with many musicians and labels. I’ve played a track from this recording numerous times. I thoroughly enjoy the music on this album. As a jazz radio host who pursues women artists with determination, I am pleased to consider this album and this group of artists a gem in today’s jazz sound. Outstanding!