Thanks to Dee Dee Mcneil for the review of my up and coming album “Into The Daybreak” set for release March 5th. “This album features nine of Freedman’s original compositions and each one is a sparkling gem”
Into The Daybreak is Mike Freedman’s debut album as a jazz instrumentalist.
Inspired by 30 years of performing and writing in the Toronto music scene, as well as touring extensively in the US and Europe with other artists, Mike took to the studio to record some of his original songs and channel his creative energies.
The CD features 9 of Mike’s tunes which blend his love of many different styles of music, ranging from jazz, latin, to blues and ambient music. These 9 contrasting and colorful tunes glimmer with inspired performances and vibrancy. The thread that runs through these contrasting tunes is the strong melodic content. The tunes have a depth and feel that is both natural and familiar but also unique and memorable.
Using a traditional jazz quartet lineup of piano (Jeremy Ledbetter), drums (Max Senitt), bass (Kobi Hass) and Mike on guitar, Mike and his band recorded the bed tracks over two days, live off the floor at the world class Canterbury Studios in Toronto. By recording live off the floor, the band was able to keep the performances interactive and inspired. Additional instrumentation of Saxophone (Chris Gale), trumpet (Alexis Baros) and melodica (Jeremy Ledbetter) helped to add depth to the tunes and solos.
With the assistance of Jeremy Darby’s masterful mixing and recording capabilities, Mike was able to capture a clear yet natural snapshot of these inspired tunes, filled with memorable melodies, beautiful solos, and heartfelt playing. Into The Daybreak is a very listenable CD, with a radio friendly sound, stellar performances and a polished production. Mike manages to walk the balance between accessibility and originality with this gem of an album, which shines brightly into the year 2021
After a year of recording and mixing, I'm just about ready to release the album of my 8 original compositions. The music was recorded live off the floor at Canterbury Studios, by Grammy nominated engineer, Jeremy Darby. The rhythm section is comprised of Jeremy Ledbetter; piano, Max Senitt; drums, and Kobi Hass; electric and stand up bass. Special guests include: Curtis Freeman on fretless electric bass, Chris Gale on tenor saxophone, Alexis Baros on trumpet and Louis Simao on Cuica.
The music has a contemporary jazz feel, featuring strong melodic ideas and solos, interwoven with odd time signatures and unexpected but interesting twists and turns. I have melded together my love of traditional jazz and blues with some more contemporary type approaches and forms.
The cover design will feature photography by a fantastic Canadian photographer; Matt Molloy and graphic design by the very creative Kevin Ball.