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Invitation is the fifth record by The Peggy Lee Band and the second release by the group for Drip Audio. The album showcases the high standard of ensemble playing the group has become known for, as well as outstanding individual performances by the members of the band. Peggy’s compositions and arrangements cover a wide range of musical terrain––haunting melodies and lush harmonies, driving rhythms, and complex sonic explorations; each piece is constructed with the specific talents of the band members in mind.

The ensemble consists of an all-star group of creative Canadian musicians whose collective experience covers jazz, new music, electronica, free improvisation, as well as classical music and pop. Consider the haunting melody and ambient textures of “End Waltz,” the brilliance of Brad Turner’s trumpet on “Path of a Smile,” the collective textural improvisation that opens “Not So Far,” the soulful Kwela inspired guitar of Tony Wilson on “Warming,” Jeremy Berkman’s Berio-influenced statement on “Why Are You Yelling,” the burning jazz tenor of John Bentley on “Punchy,” Ron Samworth’s twelve-string psychedelia on “Little Pieces, van der Schyff’s percussive overture to “Chorale,” as well as the unique take on Mary Margaret O’hara’s timeless “You Will Be Loved Again.” Indeed, this is an ensemble that can do pretty much anything asked of it; and yet it maintains a unique and coherent sound thanks to the long associations between members of the group and a deep collective commitment to Peggy’s music.

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”Imagine a modern-day Duke Ellington combo spiced up with shards of noise, and you’d be on the right track; it’s music that combines the timeless and the otherworldly in equal measure.” - The Georgia Straight

“…arguably the most prominent improvising musician in the rich musical community around Vancouver.” - Pop Matters

“Albums like Invitation are a rare breed. The fifth record by Vancouver cellist Peggy Lee and her band is an accessible, eclectic mix of tender harmonies and angular improvisation that touches on a number of stylistic influences yet remains a strong, cohesive experience.” - The Vancouver Sun

“...an album brim-filled with musical grandeur of the highest order

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Album Invitation by Peggy Lee Octet

Invitation

Drip Audio
2012

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New Code

Capitol Records
2008

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Worlds Apart

Capitol Records
2004

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Sounds From The Big...

Capitol Records
2002

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The Peggy Lee Band

Capitol Records
1999

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Path Of A Smile

Path Of A Smile

Peggy Lee Octet
Invitation

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