On August 31, 2015, Renée Yoxon & Chad Linsley will release their first collaborative work, Impossible: Live at Musideum. Touching on magic, dreaming, and the urge to run away, Impossible features music from and inspired by film adaptations of children’s stories. Yoxon & Linsley’s interpretations are imaginative, intimate, vulnerable, and remind the listener of childhood – at once carefree, questioning, and melancholy.
This release marks Yoxon’s third full-length album and first live album. With roots in traditional jazz, this latest collection of songs will resonate with fans of Yoxon’s other works, collections of standards and standard-esque originals. Renée says, “In searching for the roots of the standards I know and love I found myself becoming attracted to jazz interpretation of stories from my childhood. Playing these songs with Chad has been a wonderful and unique experience because of how deeply he listens and how much he cares about this music.”
Linsley brings his years of professional experience and strong love of vocal music to the project. “One of my favourite formats is the piano-vocal duo” says Linsley, “a musically intimate setting where Renée and I can interact with the song more directly. One of my favourite things about improvising at the piano is the creation of textures and space for words. The songs revolving around the theme of childhood inspire deep feeling and memories of my earliest encounters with music, a place where anything was possible.”
Impossible: Live at Musideum was recorded on October 11, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario.
In December 2012, Renée Yoxon & Mark Ferguson released their first collaborative work, Here We Go Again. A collection of original jazz compositions that explore the timeless themes of love and loss, Yoxon & Ferguson’s songs evoke the old style of the Great American Songbook, infusing them with an updated harmonic sense and contemporary jazz practices.
As Yoxon’s sophomore album, Here We Go Again marks a shift in artistic focus, one with emphasis on original lyrics and composition. With roots in traditional jazz, these new creations will resonate with fans of Yoxon’s first album, Let’s Call it a Day, a collection of jazz standards which received overwhelmingly positive reviews and national radio play. “After making that recording and more recent opportunities to work with people who were writing their own songs” says Yoxon, “I was really inspired to take the plunge and write my own material.”
Ferguson brings his years of professional experience to the project. One of Ottawa’s busiest musicians with numerous composing, arranging and producing credits to his name, Ferguson gained fresh inspiration from his collaboration with Yoxon. As he explains, “Renée is an exceptionally talented singer as well as a creative songwriter and lyricist. It’s great to be able to write a piece of music and to have my musical thoughts expressed by what Renée writes lyrically.”
Here We Go Again also features Ottawa’s Jeff Asselin on drums, René Gely on guitar, and Craig Pedersen on trumpet, as well as Montreal’s Joel Kerr on bass and Frank Lozano on tenor sax.
In October 2010 Renée Yoxon & René Gely released their first collaborative work. Let’s Call it a Day is a minimal and intimate, jazz-inspired guitar/voice duo featuring the sweet yet strong vocal stylings and compositions of emerging artist Renée Yoxon with the stark and beautiful arrangements of veteran guitarist René Gely.
As Yoxon’s debut album, this work showcases a clear and unembellished lyrical delivery, poignant song choice, and emotionally charged performance. Using a wide variety of guitars, Yoxon & Gely create atmospheric, folk-influenced interpretations of jazz standards.
Praise from Bandcamp listeners:
tgoland you can get saved in the space here
Milton Vargas Chacón The whole album is amazing, her voice is soft, very melodic. The guitar is so amazing, I never get tired of listening to this album. Very addictive, especially if you’re a jazz lover.
Alan Hall The first track says it all. Totally captivating
Steve Lawson the opening track, and the title track, are pretty much as good as music gets. Yes, THAT good.