James McGowan Ensemble — REACHING OUT: May 24, 2024  EPK

Reaching Out (2024)

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James McGowan: piano/keyboards, composer, producer; Alex Moxon: guitar; Jean-Philippe Lapensée: bass; Jamie Holmes: drums & percussion; Cendrine Despax & Jean Despax: violin; Olivier Philippe-Auguste & Maxime Despax: viola; Valérie Despax & Cal McGowan: cello; Ed Lister: trumpet; Mark Ferguson: trombone; Petr Cancura: tenor saxophone; Mike Tremblay: tenor & soprano saxophones; Jamaal Amir Akbari: spoken word artist; An Nguyen: cover artist; Steve Foley: recording & pre-mixing; Rob Cosh: mixing & mastering; Recorded at Audio Valley Studio, Ottawa

Jazz focus tracks: Reaching Out, Chaotic Good, Corean Poultry

Classical focus tracks: Journey Together, Reflection, Pause 

Ballad focus tracks: Elegy, Blue Lament, Alone in a Crowd

Spoken word tracks: Imagine Parts 4, 5 and 6

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    Pause 3:13
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    Elegy 4:58
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Press / Reviews

The arrangements are beautiful, and the combinations of instruments are well-chosen. With the juxtaposition and contrasting genres coming together in many places, there is a continuity – much like life. Reaching In is an interesting, rich, album that demonstrates James McGowan’s skill at looking beyond genre definitions and using elements of more than one to convey his thoughts and desires.” - Sammy Stein

Something Else!

The work is at times theatrical in its parts, sometimes classical, sometimes jazz-inspired, but undoubtedly a grand and beautiful artistic creation, somewhat radical, which will only appeal to those of you capable of being moved by a work of art to the point of feeling the need to discuss it among friends. Indispenable! ” - Thierry De Clemensat

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