Saxophonist and Vancouver jazz impresario Cory Weeds is backed by a 13-piece string orchestra on his new album What is There to Say?

In a bid to elevate this series of compositions, Weeds enlisted the talents of Juno Award-winning saxophonist, pianist, composer and arranger Phil Dwyer as co-producer and co-musical director.

Coming this November on Weeds’ own label Cellar Music, What is There to Say? is the saxophonist’s 18th album as a leader and his first with a string orchestra. Weeds’ regular bassist John Lee and drummer Jesse Cahill return to bring a sense of familiarity on this recording, while Dwyer took the seat at the piano in addition to writing all of the arrangements.

“I grew up kind of idolizing Phil Dwyer,” says Weeds. “Phil just made everything come off great. He wouldn’t be involved in a project if he didn’t believe in it.”

What is There to Say? includes three of Weeds’ originals along with five standards.