Label: Self Produced
Part I. The Calling, Part II. Ready Aye Ready, Part III. A Flat Boat is a Fast Boat, Part IV. The Tempest, Part V. Elegy, Part VI. Red Right Returning
“Windward Bound” is the ambitious debut album from the Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra, a 19-piece contemporary big band involving some of the finest performers, composers and arrangers under 35 in the Greater Toronto Area. Evoking the sounds of Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider, and symphonic works, “Windward Bound” consists of an original 6-movement suite inspired by memories of sailing on Lake Ontario as well as the folklore of life on the seas. At the centre of this album is the Dennis Kwok as the multiple woodwind soloist. As the journey unfolds, 10 different woodwinds are matched to the themes of each track. With plenty of room to showcase the ensemble, this is a fine example of the next generation of the big band tradition. The Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra has been making waves in the Toronto music community in the last 3 years with appearances at the T.U. Jazz Festival, collaborations with JUNO-award winning artists, Allison Au and Alex Dean, as well as being selected as a TD Toronto Jazz Festival Discovery Series Special Project. Led by 22-year old Dennis Kwok, what began as a passion project is now an ensemble dedicated to the performance, creation and showcase of original works from new generation artists. By constantly pushing new boundaries and creating music at the highest level this group is showcasing the creativity, ambition and musicianship of upcoming artists.