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Album of the Week, 11-13-23

Cory Weeds – Home Cookin’
Cellar Music Group

Released November 10, 2023

Cellar Music Group is proud to announce the release of Home Cookin’ by celebrated saxophonist Cory Weeds and his Little Big Band. Weeds’ eleven-piece ensemble features a ‘who’s who’ of all-star Vancouver-based players who beautifully interpret arrangements by renowned jazz artists and arrangers Bill Coon and Jill Townsend as well as two breath-taking original compositions. 

Weeds’ singular tenor saxophone sound is complemented by pianist Chris Gestrin, bassist John Lee, drummer Jesse Cahill, lead alto saxophonist Steve Kaldestad, tenor saxophonist James Danderer, baritone saxophonist Dave Say, trombonists Brian Harding and Jim Hopson, and trumpeters Brad Turner and Chris Davis.

Cory Weeds’ first Little Big Band release, 2018’s Explosion, showcased some of the bandleader’s favorite musicians from New York City. Home Cookin’ strikes a more personal tone by featuring Weeds’ favorite musicians in his home city of Vancouver. A natural progression from his first Little Big Band release – Home Cookin’ tells a story of the great city of Vancouver and of Weeds’ journey from there and back again.

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