“Figurants, the wraith says they’re called, these surreally mute background presences whose presence really revealed that the camera, like any eye, has a perceptual corner, a triage of who’s important enough to be seen and heard v. just seen.”
– Infinite Jest, pg. 835
Receiving acclaim for his work as both bassist and composer, Brad Cheeseman has been steadily positioning himself as a unique voice in Canadian jazz. Considered by some to be “one of Canada’s bright new jazz composer-artists,” his music has been described as having the “subtleties of the best modern jazz music” with a strong emphasis on musical storytelling. On Figurants, Cheeseman brings this idea full circle with his most ambitious work yet: a series of new compositions based on David Foster Wallace’s landmark novel Infinite Jest.
Joined by Brad Cheeseman Group alumni Lorenzo Castelli (drums) and Jeff LaRochelle (tenor sax & bass clarinet), as well as Kevin Stolz (piano), Colleen Allen (alto & soprano sax), and Aidan Sibley (trombone), Figurants explores various characters, chapters and themes from Wallace’s novel, using varying instrumentation and moods to set each scene. Whether it’s the urgent quartet performance on “Year of Glad” or the elegant complexity of “Scaling Mt. Dilaudid,” Figurants looks at both the themes and world of Wallace’s novel while recognizing their parallels in the world around us.
Selections from Figurants will be premiered at Spectrum Music’s upcoming “Literary Landscapes” concert.
1. Year of Glad (4:34)
2. The American Century as Seen Through a Brick (6:45)
3. The Wraith Himself (6:45)
4. Scaling Mt. Dilaudid (7:31)
S. Victor Aaron of Something Else! just published part 4 of his Best Albums of 2015, this time focusing on Fusion Jazz, and Brad Cheeseman Group was among his top 16 fusion records of 2015 (alongside masterful releases from Chris Potter, Donny McCaslin and John McLauglin)!
Check out his initial review over on Something Else and then check it out on Bandcamp to see what all the fuss is about!
The Brad Cheeseman Group will be making its first live appearance of 2016 this Thursday Jan 7 at The Rex in Toronto, ON.
For the month of December, get 20% off everything at http://bradcheeseman.bandcamp.com using the code CHEESEMAS at checkout.
- Mixed Messages EP (2013) – Hamilton Music Award winner (digital or CD)
- Brad Cheeseman Group (2015) – Toronto Independent Music Award nominee (digital or CD)
- Charts (concert pitch, in .pdf format) for “Bad Groove,” “La Choza,” “Let Me Explain,” “Make or Break for It,” “Skyglow,” and “Taiya”
- Chart package (transposed, in .pdf) for the entire Mixed Messages EP (including the bonus track “Clouds”)
- Transcription of the bass solo on “Make or Break for It”
Head on over to Bandcamp now to use the code CHEESEMAS and get 20% off whatever you want!
The Brad Cheeseman Group’s new album has been nominated in the “Best Jazz Instrumental” category of the 2015 Toronto Independent Music Awards. Check out the full list of nominees over at the TIMA website!
If you haven’t checked it out yet, head on over to Bandcamp to see what all the fuss is about.
After nearly a year of planning and production, the Brad Cheeseman Group is set to release its full-length self-titled album on June 26, 2015. Produced by electric bass icon Rich Brown and featuring exciting performances from Lorenzo Castelli (drums/percussion), Robert Chapman (guitars), Sam Kogen (piano/keyboard) and Chelsea McBride (tenor saxophone/bass clarinet), the album focuses on the band’s group dynamic through eight exciting compositions.
“Of course, Brad’s playing is stellar, but what I like most is that you honestly wouldn’t know which member of the band put this album sound. It sounds like a great band playing great music!”
– Damian Erskine (Bassist with Gino Vanelli, Peter Erskine, Jaco Pastorius Big Band)
“Brad Cheeseman’s music is the perfect combination of everything that matters: groove, melody, and the all-important bass line.”
– Chris Tarry (Four-time Juno winning bassist/composer)
Pre-order Brad Cheeseman Group at Bandcamp and get the opening track “Untitled” now!
Online release date: June 26, 2015
CD RELEASE SHOWS:
June 26 & 27 at Options Jazz Lounge, Ottawa, ON
July 1, 2015 at The Rex Hotel, Toronto, ON
July 2, 2015 at Artword Artbar, Hamilton, ON
This recording was produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.