A Road to Remember
Released March, 2010
From jazz drummer Tyler Hornby, "A Road to Remember" explores contemporary jazz at its finest. The music features original compositions inspired by his travels across Canada, the US, and particularly Europe over the last 3 years. 'A Road to Remember' explores the human journey, the ups and downs that we experience - moments of elation, moments of sorrow and struggles. Audiences can tap into this music on an emotional level while enjoying some of Alberta's finest jazz.
A journeyman performer and drum clinician from Western Canada, Tyler Hornby is fluid player with a light touch and a penchant for writing wistful mid-tempo songs. A Road to Remember (Chronograph 025; 64:15 3 stars) includes confident playing particularly from trumpeter Bob Tildesley and guitarist Aaron Young but doesn't contain much to make it stand out from the crowded field of post-bop quintets. All the references to Miles Davis, Brad Meldhau and and Wynton Marsalis sound professional, but there's little left to chance. Sometimes there's something to be said for not playing it safe.
March 12, 2010
Calgary Jazz Drummer Tyler Hornby Releases CD
A Road to Remember Showcases Hornbys Compositional Talents
Calgary based jazz drummer Tyler Hornby celebrates the release of his new CD, A Road to Remember (Chronograph Records), this Friday & Saturday, March 12 & 13, at Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club.
Considered one of the nations most versatile and contemporary drummers, Hornby exemplifies a melodic sense combined with taste, control, and rhythmic finesse.
The well-traveled musician has toured North and South Americas and in Europe, performing at jazz festivals, clubs, and concerts. A Road to Remember follows his debut acoustic jazz album Shadows of a Brighter Day , which received rave reviews and was selected for a National Campus Compilation entitled Dig Your Roots. Both releases showcase Hornbys composition skills with post-bop, contemporary and odd meter influences along with unique harmonic and melodic twists.
In addition to playing with his own quartet, Tyler has performed with such jazz greats as Bob Mintzer, Ingrid Jensen, Frank Mantooth, Alain Caron, Randy Brecker, Hugh Fraser, Tommy Banks, Shelly Berg, Ralph Bowen and Maciek Grzywacz, to name a few. Tyler was also music director for Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and is a co-founder and member of electric jazz group Terrain, and drummer for urban acoustic group Sillan & Young.
While maintaining a busy performing schedule Tyler also teaches for the Mount Royal College Jazz Diploma Program, and is the director of the Drumset Educational Camp, held in Calgary each summer. After completing his B.Mus In Jazz Studies from the University of Calgary, Tyler obtained his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance/Pedagogy (2006) at the University of Colorado (Boulder) where he studied composition with Grammy Award winning pianist Chip Stephens.
for more info visit www.tylerhornby.com
A Road to Remember will likely be remembered as one of the strongest albums from Calgary jazz drummer Tyler Hornby. All, and I mean all, the tracks are consistently good — you can't miss when you have some of the best ensemble playing by some of the finest Calgary jazz musicians. The CD features 10 tracks, each an original composition of tight, crisp contemporary jazz. The horn work from Bob Tildesley, the elegantly precise guitar of Aaron Young and the inspired piano work from Chris Andrew are right on. Hornby has hit a hell of a stride on his first album of 2010; be sure to watch for his next, Able to Fly, later this year.