Surefire Sweat is made up of a diverse and multi-generational roster of Toronto-based artists. The music, composed by Juno-nominated drummer, Larry Graves, draws on an amalgam of Funk, Jazz, Brass Band, Blues and Worldy rhythms. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage listeners through improvisational explorations and danceable arrangements. Despite being dominantly instrumental in nature, each of the group’s unique pieces is propelled by a narrative: colourful journeys that emote real time metaphors of the human condition.
“Cool compositions, captivating arrangements and powerful horn sections are part of this modern jazz album …powerful and grooving…”-Wulf Muller, All That Jazz
In this age of electronic dance music and digital wizardry, Surefire Sweat forges ahead with an old-school music-making approach. Full of memorable melodic hooks and toe-tapping rhythms, listeners are carried along by a revolving door of Toronto finest, sweating it out on drums, percussion, guitars and various horns. Sometimes we even sing.
” … 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
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Posted @withregram • @shannonbutchersings Look! I’m still in the wall at @therextoronto ! It was so wonderful to sing again at the spot I used to call home every Sunday afternoon. Those were the days 🥰 Hope to be back on the stage soon with my band. Thanks @natehiltz for letting me sit in tonight! ❤️
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Today we join the rest of Canada to observe the first National day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. https://t.co/Cqf1WjjLIA