“Montreal Sessions” is a compilation of music from the 1960s and early 70s from reel-to-reel tapes Norm recorded when he performed at Rockhead's Paradise the Black Bottom with Montreal jazz greats Nick Aldrich, Alvin Pall, Alan Wellman, Linton Garner, Buddy Jones, Bernie Mackey and Ivan Symonds. Tracks 5..6..7 were recorded in Montreal at SSS Studios with Nelson Symonds, Charlie Biddle and Norman Marshall Villeneuve. The music evokes another time and place -- the elegant, smoky, crowded clubs of yesterday where jazz was intimate and personal, to the recording sessions when professional jazz musicians laid down their tracks in one take.
"Montreal Sessions" named by CBC Music as 1 of 10 Outstanding Canadian Jazz Albums for 2017 - click to see article
Purchase "Montreal Sessions" directly from Norm - physical cd includes 6 pages of liner notes and personal photos... not available in stores (see below to buy on iTunes/Apple)
"Montreal Sessions" now available on iTunes/Apple...
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Purchase "King Dog" directly from Norm - physical cd includes 6 pages of liner notes and personal photos...... not available in stores
“King Dog” is derived from a 1985 recording session at Toronto’s Kensington Sound Studios, Following their engagement at East 85th, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Nelson Symonds, Doug Richardson and Kingsley Ettienne recorded their session from 2am to 6am. The 2-inch reel had never been used until Andre White converted it to electronic format in 2015, 30 years later. The result is a stunning set of post-modern bebop as fresh, new and hip as today.
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