It has been an eventful month for multi-talented jazz bandleader/composer/drummer Ernesto Cervini. The trio he plays in, Myriad3, just scored a deserved JUNO nomination, and now he's releasing Turboprop, the fourth album out under his name. Previous records were very well-received, with jazz bible Downbeat giving his Little Black Bird disc a four-star review. Already grabbing rave reviews here and in the States, Turboprop features his new sextet (also named Turboprop), comprising noted American saxophonist Joel Frahm and ace T.O. players Adrean Farrugia, Dan Loomis, Tara Davidson and William Carn. The record mixes originals and covers (including Charlie Parker and Keith Jarrett compositions), and cuts a wide stylistic swathe, from Debussy to hard bop to a sweet ballad, "Cheer Up Charlie". An album and an artist ready for takeoff.
Turboprop have already toured Canada to enthusiastic response. They launch the album at Toronto's Jazz Bistro, Feb. 19-21, followed by a tour of Western Canada. Go to his website for details.