William Carn makes a stylistic departure on new album Choices

William Carn has announced his new album Choices, marking a “major stylistic departure” for the Toronto-based trombonist and composer.

Together with his wife, saxophonist Tara Davidson, Carn has previously released three critically acclaimed albums with their Juno-nominated band Carn Davidson 9. He’s also a member of Ernesto Cervini’s Juno-winning sextet Turboprop, and he leads the William Carn Quintet and his quartet Run Stop Run.

This seven-track release is the culmination of more than two years of work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The collection was conceived, composed and recorded at Carn’s home, as well as the respective homes of the guest musicians he invited to contribute to the project. With the help of Toronto producer HiFiLo (a.k.a. Todd Pentney, a Jazzology alumnus), the recording was augmented, edited and mixed remotely, too.

The compositions on Choices were inspired by various major events from the past couple of years: the fear of the unknown, the Black Lives Matter and Hong Kong protests, the war in Ukraine, the passing of he and his wife’s beloved eldest cat, as well as general feelings of gratitude and love.

Listen to Heroyim Slava below:

Choices features several of Toronto’s top jazz musicians, including trumpeter William Sperandei, tenor saxophonist Kelly Jefferson, alto saxophonist Jesse Ryan, keyboardist HiFiLo, and drummers Ernesto Cervini, Larnell Lewis and Davide DiRenzo.

Carn won a Juno Award for best jazz album (group) in 2020 for his work with Turboprop. He has also received Juno nominations for his debut recording Other Stories and for the Carn Davidson 9’s debut album and their followup Murphy.

Carn has performed and recorded with international jazz artists including Rob McConnell, Danilo Perez, Randy Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, Ingrid Jensen, Carla Bley, Vince Mendoza, Christine Jensen, Hilario Durán, Emilie-Claire Barlow and more.

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Here’s the track listing:

  1. Breathe In
  2. The Inertia of Complacency
  3. Heroyim Slava
  4. Get Up
  5. Goodbye Old Friend
  6. The Gift
  7. Breathe Out

William Carn’s Choices is out Feb. 3, 2023.