Award-winning bassist and composer Paul Rushka has engaged audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with his sonorous tone, assured confident pulse, and eloquent melodic soloing. All About Jazz describes him as ‘a postmodern Milt Hinton’ with a ‘sense of gravitas, melodic flair, rich timbre and unshakable time’. He is featured on over a dozen recordings, including those of James Danderfer, Chad Makela, Jillian Lebeck and Laura Crema, and has accompanied numerous jazz greats including John Taylor, Joe La Barbera, Julian Priester, Jimmy Greene, Jeremy Pelt, Danny Grissett, Brad Turner, Ross Taggart, Kirk MacDonald, Kevin Dean, and many more. He has also been featured several times on CBC radio with live and studio recordings on Jazz Beat and Hot Air.
Since its formation in 2008, Paul’s interactive, exploratory quintet has developed an incredible rapport, seamlessly melding ensemble passages and formidable, intricate improvisations into a vivid group sound. ‘As It Happens’, Rushka’s debut album as a leader, features his lyrical original compositions and his group’s stunning interplay. Communication is at the centre of this music – individual voices entwine and textures unfurl, creating a shifting embroidery of contemporary jazz.