Our new record STEPPIN' UP is OUT !!!!
STEPPIN’ UP is now available in Edmonton’s Record Stores: THE GRAMOPHONE and BLACKBYRD MYOOZIK!
Also you can purchase it on iTunes and via this website! Happy Shopping!
Steppin’ Up is a follow up to the group’s previous albums Obsession and Melodia, which have received rave reviews and awards, including a Western Canadian Music Award (WCMA) and Juno nomination for Obsession and another WCMA nomination for Melodia. To celebrate this new release, we will be hosting a no-admission CD LAUNCH PARTY at Bellamy’s Lounge in the Chateau Lacombe Hotel! Members of our octet will be present to mingle and share the new album with attendees, something that we rarely have the opportunity to do as we are usually busy playing. The event is free of charge with a cash bar available. Please bring your family and friends to celebrate with us!
Steppin’ Up CDs will be available for purchase at the launch giving you the opportunity to start your Christmas shopping early. This CD is a unique gift sure to be enjoyed both friends and family. Pick up an extra one for your secret Santa gift or for your musically inclined co-worker. If you wish to listen to some musical samples, please go to MUSIC section of this website. Below the player controls on this page is the name of each album. Select Steppin' Up and then choose the track(s) you wish to listen to.
Looking forward to spending the evening with you on November 1st!
We are thrilled to let you know about the Fall 2016 release of our 3rd album Steppin'Up on Tuesday, November 1st, 7:30 pm at Bellamy's Lounge in the Chateau Lacombe Hotel with a social event.
REVIEWS .... read more
"Made in Canada, "Steppin' Up" is a delightful fusion of American jazz with the world music of Argentinean origins. Presented with a classical European music flavor. Kent Sangster's Obsessions Octet is masterfully blending diverse musical cultures while remaining truthful to the essence of jazz art and the chamber music heritage. Bravo! "
Cezary Lerski, Polish Jazz Network
"Kent Sangster’s Octet recording “Steppin'Up” is full of Explosive and Creative music ...This unique ensemble has a sound all of it’s own…. Bravo !!! "
Blue Note Recording Artist - Joe Lovano 2016
“ Kent Sangster’s Obsession Octet continues their unique journey on their 3rd release Steppin’ Up, again finding that sweet spot between jazz and classical. The music is highly arranged and creative as well as being incredibly listenable”
Brad Barker, Music Director/On-Air Host, JAZZ.FM91
"This recording is another feather in their collective cap, which is fully bristling with feathers already. Kent Sangster’s creative compositions and orchestrations present great opportunities to demonstrate first-rate ensemble playing and wonderfully musical solos across the board".
Tommy Banks, Canadian Jazz Icon
"Steppin' Up", the latest release by the Obsessions Octet, is a triumph from beginning till end! Every aspect of this CD, from the writing, to the performances and the recording, puts them on par with the best chamber ensembles in country. “
Allan Gilliland, Composer and Chair of Music, MacEwan University
"As a composer, Kent is extremely talented, and I’ve found his original compositions astoundingly proportionate, interpolating carefully structured imaginative passages and forms, with longer more developed sections, which let loose the improvisational capabilities of his talented octet.
Tommy Smith, Professor & Artistic director of Jazz - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland ECM Recording Artist
"That rare marriage of jazz band and classical string quartet, swing and tango known as Obsessions Octet has settled into an expansive, confident, singular groove with this third release, which marks their first decade together, complete with an electronic twist.”
Roger Levesque , Edmonton Journal