Into The Daybreak

Mike Freedman: Guitarist/Composer

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  The new album "Into The Daybreak"  was officially released on March 5th, 2021.


Radio Airplay highlights:


13 weeks on the Jazz Weekly charts

#159 on the Jazz Weekly charts

#1 CFUV charts 

#5 On CJAM charts

#3 on the Jazz charts for CFBX Radio

Weekly airplay on Jazz. Fm


Awards and Recognition:


Nominated by as a top 25 release of 2021


Voted 3rd place by One World Radio in the jazz category 


Quotes from recent reviews:


"Freedman's playing is thoroughly impressive on Into the Daybreak"

David Reed


“This album features nine of Freedman’s original compositions and each one is a sparkling gem”  

Dee Dee McNeil


"..flawless attention to detail and top notch execution"

Take Effect


"Canadian guitarist Mike Freedman delivers clean, concise, clear and classy guitar work."

George W. Harris-Jazz Weekly





Mike Freedman:  Electric and nylon string guitar

Max Senitt:  Drums and Percussion

Jeremy Ledbetter:  Piano 

Jeremy Ledbetter:  Melodica on tracks 4 and 7

Kobi Hass:  Electric and acoustic bass

Chris Gale:  Tenor Saxophone

Alexis Baro:  Trumpet

Curtis Freeman:  Electric Fretless on tracks 7 and 9

Louis Simao:  Cuica on track 4




Recorded and mixed by Jeremy Darby and Julian Decourt at

The Canterbury Music Company Toronto

Front Cover Photo:  Matt Molloy

Photography:  Jane Decle Photography

Graphic Design:  Kevin Ball



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 colourful  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 



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