The minivan: a timeless icon that evokes memories ranging from little-league baseball games to nation-wide music tours. Square Peg is bassist and composer Mark Godfrey’s first full-length album, and it hits harder than the sliding door on your family caravan.
Named the 2019 Emerging Jazz Artist by the Toronto Arts Foundation, Mark has firmly secured himself in the fabric of the jazz idiom in Canada. Square Peg is Mark’s second release as a leader and features nine original compositions for jazz quintet and one original piece for solo bass. Joining Mark on this album are four of his longtime collaborators and the members of his quintet: Allison Au on alto saxophone, Matt Woroshyl on tenor saxophone, Chris Pruden on piano, and Nick Fraser on drums.
Square Peg is made up of a collection of compositions that span four years of Mark’s life during which he found himself living in Toronto and New York. Naturally, the most efficient form of travel between these two cities with a double bass was his 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan, Jean Claude Van Tan. The reflection that occurred on these drives sparked creativity and ideas for Mark that ultimately resulted in this album. The music on Square Peg connects Mark to his family and friends, both cities, and the deep tradition of jazz performance that informs and inspires his voice as an artist.
From the ethereal and ambient opening of Black Stars to the raw, acoustic, solo performance of Bucket List, Square Peg takes the listener on a joyride that is turbulent and relaxing, and engaging from start to finish. Buckle up.
released February 21, 2020
Mark Godfrey - Double Bass
Allison Au - Alto Sax
Matt Woroshyl - Tenor Sax
Chris Pruden - Piano
Nick Fraser - Drums
All songs composed by Mark Godfrey (SOCAN).
Recorded at Union Sound Company on July 11 & 12, 2018.
Recorded by Jeff "Fedge" Elliott.
Mixed by David Hermiston.
Mastered by João Carvalho Mastering.
Artwork & design by Matthew Fong/BPS Studio.
Photography by Brittany Farhat/BPS Studio.
Thanks to Madeline, Dad, Mom, and the kids for all the love and support; to Allison, Matt, Chris, and Nick for your incredible artistry and for bringing the music to life; to David for his mastery and endless hours of tweaking; to Eric and Jack for helping shape this music.
Special thanks to Cheryl and Manuel Buchwald and the Toronto Arts Foundation for your investment into this project and so many artists in the Toronto music community.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.
Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.
This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada's private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est fiancé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernment du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privé du Canada.
Bassist Mark Godfrey is quickly becoming one of the new faces in Canadian jazz. Hailing from Southwestern Ontario and
currently living in Toronto, he has established himself a mainstay in this national community and was named the 2019 Emerging Jazz Artist by the Toronto Arts Foundation....more