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
Reached #204 on the Jazz Weekly charts
Reached #1 CFUV charts
Reached #5 On CJAM charts
Reached #3 on the Jazz charts for CFBX Radio
Weekly airplay on Jazz. Fm
Quotes from recent reviews:
"Freedman's playing is thoroughly impressive on Into the Daybreak"
“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"
"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 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
Mike Freedman is a professional guitarist, composer and instructor, who has been active in the music scene for over 30 years. Based out of Toronto, Canada, Mike studied classical guitar intensively in his teens, but then developed a love of jazz and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship, graduating Cum Laude in 1990 with a degree in film scoring. Over the last three decades Mike has toured, co-wrote and recorded with many jazz artists, as well as released his own instrumental and singer-songwriter CD’s.
Mike’s guitar playing and composing has been described and lyrical and poetic, influenced by many great players and composers that he has admired over the years. Remnants of some of the artists and players who inspired him can be heard in his playing and writing, including Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery as well as more modern players like Pat Metheny and Mike Stern. Mike has forged his own style and sound by combining these influences in his playing, creating his own unique voice within the jazz idiom.
Over the last several years Mike found a niche as a co-writer and supportive guitarist for local jazz singers. Mike has performed and co-written with artists such as Tia Brazda, Barbara Lica, Steven Taetz and The Willows. Mike’s co-writing and playing with Tia Brazda has helped her reach number One on the jazz itunes charts with each of her three CD’s. Mike has also toured the US and Europe playing hundreds of shows for small and large venues as Tia’s mainstay guitar player. Mike has had the opportunity to play such great stages as Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreaux Jazz Festival as well as Toronto and Ottawa Jazz Festival and many more.
Mike's unique compositional style coupled with his world class guitar playing, has been extremely well received thus far as the album has received considerable airplay on jazz radio as well as receiving many positive reviews by jazz critics around the world.