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With Strings: What Is There To Say?

by Cory Weeds

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What a perfect time for Cory to give us this album, What is There To Say?, his 18th record as a leader. It's his most ambitious project to date and, in my opinion, his most impressive. Ever since Charlie Parker recorded his iconic Bird with Strings album, the saxophone-with-strings format has become a sort of Mount Everest for those saxophonists brave enough to take on the challenge. Cory has been climbing to increasingly greater heights for years now and he is clearly ready for this ''Everestine'' expedition. Listening to him interpret this carefully curated set of compositions, we really get to know him for the musician he has become: an expressive saxophonist with a unique and personal voice on his instrument. A visceral strength to his delivery on the tenor, while at times exposing a beautifully honest vulnerability as well.

Cory, as he is known to do, has surrounded himself with only the best company. Phil Dwyer's crafty lush string arrangements inspire Cory to search for new and ever more lyrical melodic lines while also giving him ample space to get lost exploring the nooks and crevasses of the music. Cory has compiled some real musical gems here including the somewhat obscure chestnut 1906 Ballad At Dawning (I Love You) while also contributing an eclectic trio of original compositions to round out an extremely enjoyable musical program.

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released November 19, 2021

Cory Weeds – tenor saxophone
Phil Dwyer – piano
John Lee – bass
Jesse Cahill – drums
Cam Wilson – violin (lead)
Llowyn Ball - violin
Elyse Jacobson - violin
Molly MacKinnon - violin
Jiten Beairsto- violin
Madeline Hocking- violin
Meredith Bates - violin
Andrea Siradze - violin
John Kastelic – viola
Genevieve MacKay - viola
Finn Manniche - cello
Doug Gorkoff – cello
Maggie Hasspacher - bass

All arrangements by Phil Dwyer

Executive Producer: Cory Weeds
Produced by Phil Dwyer and Cory Weeds
Recorded at The Armoury Studios in Vancouver, BC on Feburary 13, 20 and 21, 2021
Engineered by Sheldon Zaharko, assisted by Spencer Bleasdale and Ricardo Germain
Mixed by Sheldon Zaharko
Mastered by João Carvalho
Cover Art by Lori Popadiuk
Photography by Cory Weeds
Design and layout by Perry Chua

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Cory Weeds Burnaby, British Columbia

A saxophonist with an expressive sound rooted in Jazz tradition, a label owner tirelessly documenting unsung Jazz heroes, one of Canada’s most important Jazz impresarios, the hardest-working man in Jazz business-Cory Weeds is all of these things and much more. He may be best known as the founder of Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver, which he successfully ran for more than 14 years. ... more

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