The Ryan Driver Quintet Plays The Stephen Parkinson Songbook is the first official release by The Ryan Driver Quintet, a peculiar lounge-jazz group that has been performing monthly in Toronto for 14 years. This group breathes a strange new kind of life into popular ballads from the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s. They fill their renditions with psychedelic improvisational meanderings and intertwinings amidst rich tenderness, utter heartbreak, and doorways into other worlds.
But this album is a collection of new songs by Stephen Parkinson, a Toronto composer known for his academic contemporary, electronic, and improvisational endeavours. The songs are about love, and half of them have the word 'love' in the title. They were written especially for the quintet and are very much in keeping with the spirit of Tin Pan Alley.
released 24 March 2014
singing, piano, celeste
All compositions by Stephen Parkinson
Recorded by Jeremy Darby and Jean Martin at Canterbury Music, Toronto
Mixed by Jean Martin
Mastered by Fedge
Painting of Stephen Parkinson by Meaghan LaCroix
Photograph by Vegar Samuelsen
The Ryan Driver Quintet gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts