Drummer/Composer ERNESTO CERVINI and Turboprop fly high with their new album, REV Available On ANZIC Records
On October 27th, 2017 Ernesto Cervini and his sextet Turboprop will release their much anticipated sophomore album, Rev on ANZIC Records. Following the critical and popular success of their eponymous debut, Rev will continue to cement their reputation as one of the top cross-border jazz collaborations. The band features top jazz musicians from two of North America’s most vibrant jazz cities: Tara Davidson on Alto and Soprano Saxophones (Toronto), Joel Frahm on Tenor Saxophone (New York), William Carn on Trombone (Toronto), Adrean Farrugia on Piano (Toronto), Dan Loomis on Bass (New York) and Ernesto Cervini on Drums (Toronto).
Turboprop has already toured Canada multiple times, and they have thrilled audiences from coast to coast;
“Turboprop demonstrates a wide range of stylistic personas, extending from elegantly crafted orchestrations that make the most out of the presence of three horns to rhythmically crafty outings that catapult the horns into cacophonous crescendos. Cervini's programming was audience-pleasing from beginning to end. The performance was an audacious adventure and fittingly symbolized the
fresh outlook and virtuosic musicianship Turboprop is becoming noted for.”
Mark Holston – Live Review in All About Jazz
As Cervini states, “although I am the band-leader, Turboprop truly feels like a collective due to the passion, commitment and love everybody brings to each performance.” This passion and commitment is front and centre on Rev as each member of the band is given an opportunity to shine, and they all deliver poignant and memorable musical moments.
Highlights from Rev include Granada Bus, and propulsive a rhythmic piece composed by Cervini. Inspired by real life, it mimics the dynamic energy of a Spanish bus stop. The title-track is a rip-roaring affair which features Cervini alone with the horn section. It was conceived while Cervini was on a walk in Toronto, and is inspired by the busy sounds of Toronto traffic.
Cervini also features the compositional talents of three of his bandmates. The album opens with The Libertine by Adrean Farrugia. The song features strong solo moments by Cervini (to open the piece), Farrugia and Frahm, who solos over a raucous groove laid down by the rhythm section. Dan Loomis pens Ranthem, and anthemic and fun romp, and William Carn contributes Arc of Instability, an epic journey inspired by the American political system that is well worth it’s 9 minutes for the swinging shuffle at the end.
Lastly, the album features three “covers”; Pennies from Heaven, dedicated to Cervini’s 1 year-old daughter, Penelope; No Rain, a great 1990’s hit from Blind Melon; and The Daily Mail, a “b-side” by Radiohead which features a wonderful solo bass intro by Loomis.
More on Ernesto Cervini: Drummer-composer Ernesto Cervini is making a name for himself as a consummate bandleader and in-demand collaborator, praised for his deep musicality and infectious energy. Downbeat described his fluid style as one that “exemplifies ‘float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’.” Modern Drummer said: “Cervini recalls such old-schoolers as Art Blakey and Billy Higgins… It’s his robust, magnetic personality that fascinates consistently.” After releasing three quartet discs, Cervini made his latest venture a sextet album, with Turboprop released by Anzic Records in 2015. The Ottawa Citizen said: “With his fourth disc, Cervini has strikingly raised his game... With its fetching writing for horns, palpable sense of team spirit, highly focused solos and varied emotional depths, Turboprop is full of jazz pleasures.” He is also a member of Myriad3, alongside keyboardist Chris Donnelly and bassist Dan Fortin. JazzTimes called the collaborative trio “Canada's answer to groups such as The Bad Plus and E.S.T, bearing a similar open-minded perspective and unpredictability.” Myriad3’s second album, The Where, was nominated for a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy); and the band was also nominated for an Indie Music Award (presented by Sirius/XM Radio) for 2014 Jazz Group of the Year in Canada.
“Swinging and spirited, Cervini turbo-propels this tight and spontaneous sextet.” Jeff Potter – Modern Drummer
“With its fetching writing for horns, palpable sense of team spirit, highly focused solos and varies emotional depths, Turboprop is chock full of jazz pleasures. Get on board.” Peter Hum – The Ottawa Citizen
“Turboprop is great modern music, played with fire, integrity, passion and a sense of playfulness missing from 99% of recorded music.” Richard Kamins – The Step Tempest