2020 JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP | Brad Turner Quartet with Guest Seamus Blake | | The JUNO Awards

Formed 25 years ago, the JUNO-winning Brad Turner Quartet has been a mainstay of the Vancouver jazz scene and an ensemble of keen interactive sensibilities, formidable improvisational skills, and a strong and varied repertoire. Quartet members Brad Turner trumpet, Bruno Hubert piano, André Lachance bass, and Dylan van der Schyff drums have performed and/or recorded with such artists as Lee Konitz, Dave Douglas, John Scofield, and Bill Frisell. Leader Brad Turner is widely regarded as one of the most important Canadian jazz musicians in history and is a renowned educator who has fostered the careers of hundreds of jazz artists. He is also a founding member of the multi Juno Award winning Metalwood. The quartet is joined for this recording by saxophonist Seamus Blake. Seamus most recently was living and playing in Paris, but has been travelling for years around the world. He spent most of his adult life living in Brooklyn and playing in the bands of jazz legends, including the Charles Mingus Big Band and the John Scofield group. This quartet, accented by Seamus Blake, is one of Canada’s most beloved modern jazz groups and this recording marks a quarter century of making soulful, improvised music together.