Volume Two

by Collective Order

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It all started in the kitchen of a house in the heart of Toronto. There was a jam space in the basement and five rooms rented out to a rotating cast of musicians. This was the scene of many late nights spent drinking glasses of red wine and talking about how the gig went. Between the players who lived there and the ones who just came to hang, a significant part of the young Toronto jazz community had shared moments listening to records, trading thoughts on music, and expressing their goals. One of those goals was to get a group of players together to record an album of standards. The idea was to go into the studio and try to capture the magic that happens when players who have never met get on a stage, choose a standard they all know, and then somehow make it come to life. Last year, we made that record.

After releasing 'Volume One' in 2016, we had seventeen musicians who were keen to do it again, only this time with original compositions. The ensemble grew with the addition of Jocelyn Barth and Nebyu Yohannes and then, with our crew of nineteen, the planning for 'Volume Two' began. For many of us, this album is our debut as composers, arrangers, lyricists, and producers. This newness brought an exciting energy to the project, and with the shared experience of making an album together already, we had developed a strong sense of community. There was collaboration, creativity, and input at every step of the process, which led to the album you're checkin' out right now.

Community is the prevailing theme of our project. Looking ahead, we hope that Collective Order will continue to become more inclusive and reflective of the musical and cultural diversity that Toronto has to offer.


released September 29, 2017

Collective Order is:

Chris Adriaanse – bass
Julian Anderson-Bowes – bass
Jocelyn Barth – vocals
Mike Campbell – drums
Belinda Corpuz – vocals
Ewen Farncombe – piano
Jon Foster – drums
Jared Goldman – drums
Murray Heaton – saxophone
Andrew McAnsh – trumpet
Andrew Miller – drums
Connor Newton – saxophone
Liam Stanley – guitar
Laura Swankey – vocals
Noel Thomson – guitar
Ethan Tilbury – bass
Joel Visentin – piano/B3
Connor Walsh – bass
Nebyu Yohannes – trombone

Produced by Collective Order
Recorded at Canterbury Music Company on January 29 and 30, 2017
Engineered by Jeremy Darby
Assistant engineer: Julian Decorte

Mixed by Josh Bowman
Mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering

Cover artwork by Rebecca MacIntosh
Design by Oana C.R.
Photos by Nicholas Posthumus

This album was produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council as well as the generous funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.


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Collective Order Toronto, Ontario

Collective Order is a collaborative recording project featuring 21 jazz musicians based in Toronto. Since forming in 2015, the band has released one album of jazz standards and two albums consisting of all-original compositions. Now releasing their third album, the band has undoubtedly developed a distinct aesthetic centred around a shared creative process. ... more

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Track Name: A Meditation
Let it be nothing
Let it be nothing special
Same thing twice and again

Let it go by like seasons
Live as gently as forests breathing out

Feel the ground
Sturdy ‘neath the clouds of unknowing

Let it be lonely
Sitting alone, visualize it’s nothing
Track Name: Open Wide
Thirty squares, unfolding into one block after one block...
In a blink, you are grooming habits that will serve a goal that was never yours
And your eyes, that you thought were open wide, focus on the mud
Once dirt, stone and root, now thick cloud of compromise

That's what happens when you're in a world that's not yours
No rules except the ones you break for
The compromise is dripping down your leg
But fight or play, you will never win
Track Name: Outside My Window
Outside my window a willow weeps for me
Soft, sad sounds reach my ears
For the wind does not compete

The trees hold me hand
The clouds understand
The porch light is my bright consciousness

But someone turned it off... temporarily
Or maybe they just dimmed it, just a little bit

Inside my home now, no one weeps but me
Harsh, lone sounds are my voice
And the winds don’t dare compete

The clouds are outside
The trees wave goodbye
I long to forget this and be with them

But someone had to go and turn the light on
Turn the porch light on
Track Name: Take
Walk, step, fall, bend, fly
Walk, step, fall, bend, fly
Walk, step, fall...

Two hours long I've stared
Up at my cracking ceiling
Still there, I should get up soon

Dress up and tie my shoes
Lock up the door and run
Here I go again, hope I catch this one

Take me away to fun
Take me away to the setting sun
Take me away to the heat
Let me in...

Make me a bid, I'll try
Make me a man, I'll go
To you, hope I catch this one

Take me to a train
Take me to a rooftop so I'll feel the rain
Take me by the hand
Let me in

Walk, step, fall, bend, walk, step, fall, bend

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