The North has won the 2018 Juno Award for Jazz Album of the Year (Group)
“The North” is a jazz quartet creating music combining the experiences of jazz musicians living in Canada and Scandinavia. Multi-Juno Award winners David Braid and Mike Murley are long time musical collaborators as are Danish drummer Anders Mogensen and Finnish bassist Johnny Åman. All leaders in their own right, these musicians share common roots in the jazz tradition while reaching forward as improviser/composers to reflect their personal and cultural experiences.
Saxophonist Murley’s composition “The Split” conjures images of his native Nova Scotia through the lens of a Coltrane influence. Braid’s “Lele’s Tune” is a wide ranging suite that showcases the compositional skills that have brought the pianist international acclaim as an artist who seamlessly combines classical and jazz music. Mogensen and Åman are a formidable rhythm section who bring their vast experience and Scandinavian perspective to the group.
After playing dates in Canada and Europe in 2015 and 2016 their debut album “The North” was recorded in Copenhagen and was celebrated in Nov 2017 with a cross-Canada tour supported by the Canada Council, JazzDanmark and the Danish Composers Association.
The Split: https://vimeo.com/169546852
Some Other Spring: https://vimeo.com/169503985
David Braid, piano (CANADA)
Mike Murley, saxophone (CANADA)
Johnny Åman, bass (FINLAND/SWEDEN)
Anders Mogensen, drums (DENMARK)