Discography

It’s a Free Country (2013) – Craig Pedersen and Joel Kerr

 

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Blending cowboy-country music with elements of free-jazz, contemporary classical music, and traditional jazz, It’s a Free Country acts as a bridge between traditional music and free improvisation, both to the listeners and performer, providing a vehicle for expression and connection not always otherwise available independently in these styles. It’s A Free Country exemplifies this approach – ranging from beautiful arranged melodies, to interjections of extended techniques, to raucous free playing, often treading the line between deadly serious and humourous. The Pedersen/Kerr duo is honoured to have had cult comic book icon, Dave Cooper create the cover art for this release.

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Flux (2013) – Craig Pedersen and Taylor Brook

 

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Recorded, mixed and mastered by Taylor Brook.

March 2013 at the Columbia University University Music Centre, NYC
Cover by Craig Pedersen

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Live in Silence (2012) – Pedersen/Lampron/Gobeil/Kerr/Thibodeau

 

Live in Silence is the debut recording from the Montreal/Ottawa jazz collective Pedersen/Lampron/Gobeil/Kerr/Thibodeau. All leaders in their own right, they came together in late July of 2012 for a tour of Northern Quebec. Travelling from Montreal to Quebec City, Chicoutimi and Lac Ste-Jean, they ended up in Les Escoumins on the banks of the St. Laurent River for an unforgettable evening of “Jazz Sous La Lune”, playing for an intimate audience of fans, friends and whales. Their final stop was Montreal’s Bar Les Pas Sages to document the tour for a live recording with Montreal with engineer wizard Paul Johnston.

Craig Pedersen, trumpet
Patrick Lampron, tenor saxophone
Dominic Gobeil, guitar
Joel Kerr, double bass
Eric Thibodeau, drums

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Grey Areas #1-9 (2012) – Craig Pedersen, solo trumpet

 

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Craig Pedersen
solo trumpet, composition, improvisation, recording, design and manufacturing.

Matt Ouimet mixing and mastering

The Grey Areas album was born out a challenge to myself to write, develop and record a new piece for myself every day for the month of March 2012. The pieces found on this album were those that after days and weeks of refinement took the most shape and depth.

The impetus for these pieces developed from the observation that much of my work until this point had dealt mostly with strong con- trasts and large changes. Despite that I had had a number of musi- cal successes writing in this manner, I felt stuck within my own de- vices. It struck me that this kind of approach borders on being anti- thetical to my values about life and art, and at the very least, was un- balanced. Out of this idea came the premise for Grey Areas, pieces that explore contrast through observing similarities and subtle changes, rather than relying merely on difference.

I dedicate this record to Lindy, my Aunt, whose passing occurred dur- ing the period that I made this project. She spent her whole life seek- ing answers to ideas like these, finding and sharing the great depth of her life.

Everything about this album is a labour of love. From the writing, playing and recording to the manufacturing. Enjoy.

 

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Days Like Today (2011) – The Craig Pedersen Quartet

#1 Jazz Album of 2012 on Earshot Online
 

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The Craig Pedersen Quartet’s debut full-length album, Days Like Today is the follow-up to their much-acclaimed Early Winter EP. Inspired by the music of John Zorn, the AACM, Ornette Coleman, and Duke Ellington, the new album contains ten tracks of original music that walk the distance between
approachable and challenging. Freewheeling, energetic, and just-a-little crazy, the music keeps you listening, thinking and on your toes. Also available for purchase is a limited edition book of hand-written sheet music and liner notes of the music from the album.

Thank you to all who pre-ordered and donated to make this album possible.

Craig Pedersen – trumpet, composer
Linsey Wellman – alto saxophone
Joel Kerr – bass
Mike Essoudry – drums

recorded, mixed by Matt Ouimet (www.mattouimet.com)
mastered by Philip Shaw Bova (www.bovasound.com)
album design by David Bosschaart, photographs by David Barbour

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Early Winter (2011) – The Craig Pedersen Quartet

 

These four tracks are four images. Early winter looking over a city blanketed in snow. The look on saxophonist Linsey Wellman’s face when he improvises. A grey bird so small it seems translucent against the grey ground which it walks. A nightmare about dark spirits which dwell in the mountains.

Craig Pedersen – trumpet, composer
Linsey Wellman – alto saxophone
Alex Mastronardi – bass
Mike Essoudry – drums

recorded, mixed and mastered by Matt Ouimet (www.mattouimet.com)
CD design by Renée Yoxon (www.reneeyoxon.com)

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Stuart Lake (2011) – Pedersen/Goldschneider/Brook

 

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A haunting and lush 45 minute work for improvising solo trumpet, clarinet and electronics.

Craig Pedersen – solo trumpet
Isak Goldschneider – clarinet
Composed and Produced by Taylor Brook

CD design by Adrian DiLena

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Other Projects

Craig has also been, amongst others, featured on:

Here We Go Again (2012) – Renée Yoxon and Mark Ferguson
IMOO Vol 2: Solos (2012) – The Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais
Grey Areas #1-9 for solo trumpet (2012) – Craig Pedersen
Hooray (2011) – Mike Essoudry’s Mash Potato Mashers
Hibernation Nation (2011) – Andrea Simms-Karp
IMOO Vol. 1 – The Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais
Mike Essoudry’s Mash Potato Mashers (2010) – self-titled debut
Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutter (2009) – Lisa Poushinsky



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