Canadian Musician Showcases Tony Quarrington

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Canadian Musician Showcases Tony Quarrington

Tony Quarrington is a Toronto-based jazz guitarist who has played on about 60 albums as a session player and has produced more than 30 albums for various artists across several different musical genres. But One Bright Morning marks the first time he has stepped forward as a jazz band-leader. The Saskatoon-born musician had been saving up hundreds of jazz tunes he had written over the years, but had been kept busy working on other people’s records, until it became a case of ‘if not now, when?’ “This is the music I’ve always loved most,” Quarrington explains, “and I’m glad I finally got around to doing this album in particular.

This was kind of an introductory album. I kind of designed it as a calling card.” Helping him out on this project are some of Toronto’s best jazz players, such as Kirk McDonald and newcomer Shawn Nykwist on saxes, Bernie Senensky and Brian Dickinson on piano, Kieran Overs on bass and Barry Elmes on drums. He also uses a second group configuration that features Kevin Turcotte on trumpet and Terry Lukiwski on trombone. Highlights include the gentle expansiveness of “Savannah/For South Africa”, a truly sensual sound experience that puts you on the African plain (you can practically see the giraffes), as well as a salsa-fied run at the Thelonious Monk classic “‘Round Midnight” and a charming take on “Hi Lilly Hi Lo”. Quarrington says he hopes to make this an annual event. That’s good news for jazz fans.