On August 31, 2015, Renée Yoxon & Chad Linsley released their first collaborative work, Impossible: Live at Musideum. Touching on magic, dreaming, and the urge to run away, Impossible features music from and inspired by film adaptations of children’s stories. Yoxon & Linsley’s interpretations are imaginative, intimate, vulnerable, and remind the listener of childhood – at once carefree, questioning, and melancholy.
This release marks Yoxon’s third full-length album and first live album. Never straying far from their roots in traditional jazz, Yoxon’s latest collection of songs will resonate with fans of their other works, collections of standards and standard-esque originals. Yoxon says, “In searching for the roots of the standards I know and love I found myself becoming attracted to jazz interpretation of stories from my childhood. Playing these songs with Chad has been a wonderful and unique experience because of how deeply he listens and how much he cares about this music.”
Linsley brings his years of professional experience and strong love of vocal music to the project. “One of my favourite formats is the piano-vocal duo” says Linsley, “a musically intimate setting where Renée and I can interact with the song more directly. One of my favourite things about improvising at the piano is the creation of textures and space for words. The songs revolving around the theme of childhood inspire deep feeling and memories of my earliest encounters with music, a place where anything was possible.”
Impossible: Live at Musideum was recorded on October 11, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario.
released August 31, 2015
Renée Yoxon (voice), Chad Linsley (piano)
Arrangements by Renée Yoxon & Chad Linsley
Recorded Oct 11, 2014 by Donald Quan at Musideum in Toronto, ON
Mixed and mastered by Padraig Buttner-Schnirer in Montreal, QC
Cover art by Rachel Ignotofsky
Promo photos by Jesse Daniel Smith
Release Date: August 31, 2015
Catalog Number: RRY003
File Under: Jazz