Spirit Dance

David BraidAward-winning Canadian pianist David Braid is joined by the legendary brass group Canadian Brass in a full album of original jazz-inspired compositions written and arranged by David Braid. Inspired and evocative, together they create a fusion of jazz and classical elements that that are intimate, spontaneous and warm.  Together they explore the various musical ethnicities and multiculturalism of Canada.  The album has affinities, in its unaffected directness that brings the listener into a new world of captivating sound and fascinating rhythm. Soft and ambient, these ethereal works will remind listeners of Keith Jarrett or Bill Evans but be taken by their fresh inventiveness.  Jazz and classical tastemakers and pundits are already talking about this recording.  This major new release is sure to be on everyone's best-of lists and awards are sure to follow. Compelling artwork by indigenous Canadian Ojibway artist Doris Cyrette completes the picture!

Freshly inventive and full of singable melodies and rhythmic movement, Braid has created an array of new sounds that are intimate, spontaneous and warm. Inspired by everything from whirling dervishes to Chopin’s Nocturnes to a walk in Beijing, Spirit Dance is an exceptional fusion of jazz and classical aesthetics.

Canadian BrassThe title track, Spirit Dance, ties together Middle Eastern influences and rhythms from European folk dances - a metaphorical representation of the various musical ethnicities and the relatively peaceful reality of multicultural urban Canada. Interior Castles is inspired by the mystical book “El Castillo Interior” written by Teresa of Avila in 1577, with its simple triad-based composition.  Wash Away brings together the seemingly bizarre dual inspirations of Chopin’s Nocturnes and the music of Ray Charles. Temple Heaven Walk interweaves melodies Braid heard while taking a walk through the Temple of Heaven Park in central Beijing, and Andalusia came to be after a day of playing through Enrique Granados’ piano suite “Goyescas.” Also included on this evocative musical journey is an extensive Theme and Variations on Jerome Kern’s Yesterdays, the introspective Resolute Bay Parts I & II, and Prelude for Two Voices, spotlighting Canadian Brass’ brilliant trumpeters.


David Braid, piano
Canadian Brass

Canadian Brass and David Braid are Yamaha Artists


Spirit Dance

ODR 7383
1. Interior Castles 6:17  
2. Temple Heaven Walk 6:04  
3. Prelude for Two Voices 2:10     
4. Resolute Bay (Part 1) 8:29  
5. Resolute Bay (Part 2) 8:59  
6. Spirit Dance 4:28
7. Andalusia    7:06
8. Wash Away            5:10
9. Yesterdays (Theme and Variations) 15:39  
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