Renee Rosnes has a reinvigorated appreciation for the many different shapes that love can take.
With her new album Kinds of Love, the Canadian pianist and composer reflects on the many forms of love in her own life — of a romantic partner, of family members, of nature, of the arts and of the close relationships she’s forged with fellow musicians.
Kinds of Love features an all-star quintet with saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist Christian McBride, drummer Carl Allen, and percussionist Rogério Boccato.
For many of them, the recording date was one of their first times back in a studio after the long silence of 2020. During that time, Rosnes had taken the opportunity to write a full album’s worth of original compositions with these particular musicians in mind.
“I’ve tried to look at the pandemic as a gift of time, and the knowledge that I would soon be recording with my friends inspired much of the music,” Rosnes says. “It was thrilling to experience the humanity of making music again in the moment. Each of these musicians are profound, humble virtuosos and, on a human level, enlightened spirits.”
Kinds of Love is a reunion of sorts for Rosnes, Potter and McBride, who last recorded together on Rosnes’s acclaimed Blue Note release As We Are Now in 1997. Allen enters the fold after having performed with Rosnes many times over the years, while Boccato is the pianist’s most recent acquaintance.
“We are longtime friends who share a lot of history and camaraderie,” Rosnes says. “Having an unusual amount of quietude to work kept me creatively motivated during the past year. As I composed, I thought about each musician’s essence, and was truly inspired by all the possibilities.”
Kinds of Love is Rosnes’s first album of her own original material since the 2018 releases Beloved of the Sky and Ice on the Hudson, the latter a joint effort with lyricist David Hajdu. However, Rosnes made a major splash in 2020 as the musical director of Artemis, the international supergroup whose debut album was one of the most critically acclaimed jazz releases of the year.
Kinds of Love will be released Sept. 3 via Smoke Sessions.