Richard Underhill's new album

Juno award winner, Richard Underhill is set to release 'Moment in Time, ' a much anticipated new album showcasing 10 adventurous original compositions brought to life by an extraordinary band of Canadian jazz veterans and young lions.

A powerful follow up to his 2003 Juno Award winning CD 'Tales from the Blue Lounge, ' 'Moment in Time, ' positions Underhill solidly at the forefront of Modern Jazz. The tunes are memorable, the performances compelling and the sound of the CD is superlative. This is hard swinging modern jazz with hard bop, bossa and modern rhythm influences.

Richard Underhill is well known in Canada as the leader of Toronto's Shuffle Demons, and in 2004 broke a Guinness World Record by assembling 900 sax players in Dundas Square to perform the 'Theme from Hockey Night in Canada.' He will be touring Canada in support of the 'Moment in Time' CD in early spring 2005.

This album is straight-ahead modern jazz in the style of Brad Mehldau or Joe Lovano. The arrangements are excellent, the songs are catchy, the band impeccable and the playing passionate. Underhill's songwriting is crisp and poignant. 'Will of the People, ' Morse Code' and 'Day Off' shine...great tunes played by a killer band.

The CD was recorded in the new 'million dollar room' at Cherry Beach sound, and was produced, edited and mixed by award winning producer Jono Grant. Grant has once again achieved the audiophile quality sound that gave 'Tales from the Blue Lounge' a warmth and depth missing in so many modern jazz recordings. The feel is at once classic and modern, a true audiophile CD.

Featured on the recording is 21-year-old Cuban piano prodigy Luis Guerra, Toronto tenor legend Bob Brough on this 2nd Underhill release bassist Mike Milligan (a former Shuffle Demon and Claude Ranger band member) and drummer Joe Poole, who routinely draws comparisons to Brian Blade for his unique combination of power and sensitivity. Special guests on the recording include impeccable trombonist William Carn, and hard-edged tenor sax man Chris Gale as well as a samba percussion group and drummer Davide Direnzo. Four of the songs feature the dynamic rhythm section of Daniel Barnes and bassist Graig Earle.

The CD Launch Party will be at Montreal Bistro Nov 15th.

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