that are landmarks for many musicians in Canada, then took care and culled these to digital
format from some 3 rare LP's released by this unique Canadian band leader.
I like the charm of these recordings, which are mostly covers, but done with conviction by a very young group, most members on each LP are general late high school age. I think every LP also features different musicians, as Pete's band was some sort of breaking ground for talented musicians. There is supposedly another LP (or maybe more?) if anyone has any other of his LP's, please let me know!
These were all taken from original LP's.
For a time before, I had only the Birchmount releases, so it was a big treat to find out his
first LP was issued on the fabulous RCA Camden series. The label can be a signpost
of diversity and excellent audio engineering and vinyl pressing quality is tops. And that brings
me to introduce the first Schofield LP, "THE OLD MEETS THE NEW"
pete schofield and the canadian college all stars THE OLD MEETS THE NEW 1965 ? CAS-986 RCA CAMDEN records original MONO CANADIAN PRESSING
TRACK LISTING king of the road • and i love her • down by the old mill stream • 007 medley (dr no, goldfinger ) • blue velvet • the pink panther • harlem nocturne • summertime • baby elephant walk • auf widersehn
Listen to clips from the first LP :
featuring (probably first on wax for these 'kids' )
Pete Schofield: alto and soprano saxophone, clarinet
Bill Jackman: alto saxophone, clarinet
Steve Seto: tenor saxophone, clarinet
George Zarras: tenor saxophone, clarinet
Pete Maher: baritone and alto saxophone, clarinet
Ian MacKay: trumpet
Bob Edwards: lead guitar
Brian Pattullo: rhythm guitar
Rick Homme: bass
Garry Owens: drums
Now, that's a who's who of Canadian Talent. For instance, Rick Homme played on countless sessions
as a master class bass player, frequently with the Laurie Bower Singers and providing the glue
for one of the most revered of Candiana Pop-sike-light albums by Hagood Hardy from 1971, MONTAGE.
I get requests for that album worldwide constantly.
Cool out instrumental Jazz from Canada. Pete takes a unique group of exceptionally young and talented musicians, 15 to 18 years old and create a breakthrough in today's popular music!!! (from back cover) Nice renditions and Rare Canadian LP. Twangy Fender Surf guitar all over this and a nice back beat on most tracks when things aren't mellow.
ADDENDUM - sept.2011 -
it's been a few years since this post, and still resonates with many music fans. I have to add that
I have come to know Rick Homme's daughter who has suffered a major loss, as Rick has recently passed
away. He is sorely missed by a huge base of friends and family but his work represents an important
time in Canadian music and the talent he shared is definitly revered worldwide. (I can prove it by the Japanese music collectors who go nuts over this era of Jazz - Pop)
pete schofield and the canadians
IT'S A SIGN OF THE TIMES
birchmount records original STEREO CANADIAN PRESSING
TRACK LISTING sign of the times • moonlight serenade • canadian sunset • taste of honey • winchester cathedral • canada • yesterday • introducin' my man • what now my love • canadiana
Listen to Part 1 :
Part 2 :
Featuring : Ron Grant
Cool out instrumental Jazz from Canada. Rare Pete Schofield on Birchmount! A very collectable Canadian Label. This record is really cool, and is swingin' 60's groovy instrumental soul jazz style, done with a band of kids under 19!! :) Canadiana at it's best!
Pete Schofield and The Canadians • THE NOW SOUND
1969 BM 507 Birchmount records
Original Canadian Press
1-(do you know the way to) San Jose 2-Witchita lineman 3-music to watch girls by 4-scarborough fair 5-watermelon man 6-sunny 7-the shadow of your smile 8-i say a little prayer for you 9-mrs. robinson 10-georgy girl 11-the look of love 12-up, up & away 13-goin' out of my head
Very rare canadian release. Pete schofield conducts a young group through some great covers of contemporary songs of the day. A good range here and all done in a mellow soul jazz style. Superb playing on all cuts and good sound.From the "canadian artists collection"
Clips from NOW SOUND pete Schofield Pt 1:
Clips from NOW SOUND pete Schofield Pt 2:
*INFO BELOW FROM : http://fivebucksonbytor.blogspot.com/2007/11/pete-schofield-and-canadians_15.html
Pete Schofield was a music teacher, big band leader and, based on the evidence of this album cover, a soprano saxophonist. Along with his younger charges The Canadians he recorded at least two albums on Birchmount Records (this one and It's A Sign Of The Times), but more than that I do not know. As for The Canadians, they evidently had a revolving lineup, but at the time of this album's recording they were Ihor Kukurudza on guitar, Ray Banks on trumpet, John Meydam on drums and Rosy Sidgwick on bass (the rest of the brass section is not identified).
The Now Sound was recorded in 1969 at Sound Canada Studios in Don Mills (which was also home to The Rhythm Ramblers' album) by engineer Phil Sheridan, with musical arragements by Eddie Graff, Ray Sikora and Ken Garland. The album consists in its entirety of thirteen tracks of instrumental pop in the vein of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, of which the cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," with its driving beat and insistent drone ...