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: