Our compact disc was designed for those who love album art and liner notes. This 6-panel digipak layout was designed by Girl, Antlered and Gordon Hyland and features liner notes by Sam McLellan and photos and vector graphics by Andrew Roorda.
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‘NEVER DIE!’ is the debut album by \\livingfossil//, led by Toronto born-and-raised saxophonist Gordon Hyland. The band features a roster of musicians who are all active players in Toronto, and have all had important roles in Hyland’s career as collaborators, friends, and/or mentors. The central band is comprised of Mackenzie Longpre on drums, Neil Whitford on guitar, and Andrew Roorda on electric bass, all of whom have played music with Hyland for over a decade, having been members of the band Ninja Funk Orchestra. Torrie Seager (Hush Pup) adds additional guitar, often doubling the melody in Hyland’s arrangements. Vivienne Wilder provides acoustic bass, and Mike Murley (Metalwood), on tenor saxophone, is featured on several compositions. Murley also co-produced the album with Hyland’s longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Andrew Mullin at Canterbury Studios in Toronto. The non-standard instrumentation with double guitar is intended to allow each musician to shine equally, as there is always a chordal instrument available to accompany each soloist in a live context. Interesting new timbres are explored with unison doubling between guitars and saxophones, effected instruments, and compositional forms influenced by graphic scores and free improvisation.
released February 2, 2018
GORDON HYLAND, tenor sax;
MACKENZIE LONGPRE, drums;
NEIL WHITFORD, electric guitar;
MIKE MURLEY, tenor sax tracks 4, 6, 9;
ANDREW ROORDA, electric bass tracks 1-3, 5, 7, 8;
TORRIE SEAGER, electric guitar tracks 1-3, 5, 7, 8;
VIVIENNE WILDER, acoustic bass tracks 4, 6, 9.
All arrangements & compositions by Gordon Hyland except
4 > (“Lorraine”) by Ornette Coleman 9 > (“Unforgettable“) by Irving Gordon
Living Fossil is a post-bop jazz quintet led by Toronto born-and-raised saxophonist/composer Gordon Hyland, featuring a roster of genre-crossing musicians and guest artists who are all active performers in the city’s music scene.