Picking up from the momentum created over the four years since its inception, Don Valley Parkway runs like a well-oiled machine, led by the composer/drummer Charlie Ringas on this third recording effort, entitled “News Wave.”
The playing unveils an affirming confidence as an ensemble, and as individual soloists, as the group takes to the studio performance floor. It is also important to mention that each number is met with an appropriate restraint, to reign in the fold when necessary. Driving rhythms are all at once primal, formal, syncopated and asymmetrical with a range of tonalities moving around from simple to complex degrees. Soloing flows effortlessly as each player is musically aligned within the context of each piece, and moves about in surprising, and sometimes humorous ways.
On some tracks the quintet is augmented by additional winds, brass and voices, adding into the mix a range of colours and textures worthy of further listening.
Don Valley Parkway
Joe Allen – trumpet, cornet, banjo
Andy Ballantyne – tenor + soprano sax, flute
Doug Rennie – guitar
James Young – doublebass
Charlie Ringas – drums
Mike Marcuzzi – trumpet, flugelhorn
Martin Van de Ven – clarinets (tr.4,7)
Brenna MacCrimmon – soprano (tr.6)
Bridgette Besson – alto (tr.6)
Produced by Jim Gelcer and Charlie Ringas
Recorded and mixed by Peter Hudson
at Friendly Pirate Studios,
May, September, and October 1990
Re-edited by John Magyar
at Psychospace Sound, November 2007.
Remastered by Garnet Willis
at Noisetree Digital Audio, February 2015
© Ⓟ by Charlie Ringas