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Album review: wholenote magazine
The music scene in Toronto is jam-packed with talented, inventive and courageous musicians. So Long Seven, a multifaceted collective comprised of composer/banjoist Tim Posgate, composer/guitarist/mandolinist Neil Hendry, composer/tabla star Ravi Naimpally and violinist William Lamoureux, is one of our city’s cream of the musical crop. Their self-titled debut CD features eight tracks of joyous, at times complex, original tunes with melodious world music, blues, jazz, pop, symphonic, classical and folk-flavoured nuances.
Each track is composed yet features lengthy, storytelling improvisations. Highlights include Hendry’s Torch River Rail Company which opens with a tight group melodic section punctuated by brief stops followed by a touching violin improvisation. Postgate’s MSVR (My Swedish Viking Roots) rocks with his lyric and groove banjo playing and a big band group crescendo ending. Naimpally’s Aarti features special guest, South Asian singer Samidha Joglekar, soaring to lyrical and complex rhythmic heights while the ensemble creates both conversational backdrops and instrumental interludes.
There is such a positive glowing musical force driving the sound. Each performer is a star when soloing and improvising. Great production values add a live off-the-floor ambiance. Brilliant original songwriting creates a unique band sound. Yet the group’s real strength lies in each member’s ability to share and understand the importance of close ensemble listening and the intricacies of musical interplay. So Long Seven is a release that absolutely every music aficionado needs to hear over and over and over again!
Review from our jaunt in GATineau, qc.
So Long Seven is a mélange – and a delicious one, too, judging from the enthusiastic response to its recent show in Gatineau.
Its four musicians playing guitar, violin, five-string banjo, and tablas. Its music – almost all originals – draws from folk, bluegrass, and world music, but with a strong jazz and improvisational focus.
That's not surprising given the backgrounds of these musicians: banjo player Tim Posgate from avant-garde jazz; guitarist Neil Hendry from jazz and blues; violinist William Lamoureux from pop and jazz. Tabla player and percussionist Ravi Naimpally is trained in Hindustani classical music and other world music traditions, but has also been featured in jazz groups.
They've been together as So Long Seven (formerly Oolong 7) for three years and recently released a debut CD.
It was a perfect summer evening for their free, outdoor show in Aylmer, and they drew a large crowd ranging from toddlers to seniors, almost filling the park. And appreciative, too – intently listening throughout.
“Torch River Rail Company”, their first song, exemplified their sound: a melodic ballad with intertwining lines on guitar, violin, and banjo, and propelled along by the insistent rhythm of the tablas. It was a style that instantly caught my attention – and kept it. Like most of their pieces, it was an instrumental.
I particularly liked Naimpally's “Aarti”, a fast, dancing, fun mixture of textures; Posgate's “Miles from Appalachia”, with blues and bluegrass accents and featuring a finely-attuned guitar solo with light harmonics; and Hendry's “Banjo Tequila”, which matched hard-edged banjo riffs against earthy tabla rhythms and a mournful violin melody.
Naimpally loves waterfalls, the audience was told – and he contributed two pieces based on falls in Ontario. “Quetico Falls” featured Lamoureux on violin, starting with held vibrating notes and moving to rhythmic bowing and then to very light attenuated notes with just the tablas underneath, before the rest of the group joined in and Lamoureux ended the piece with one last long violin note. “Kakabeka” was a happy piece opening with a bright banjo introduction, followed by a sweet melody on violin.
As the one local musician (the others are from Toronto) and the only one who could speak French, Lamoureux introduced all the music and was warmly received by his home-town crowd. Lamoureux has studied both classical violin at the Québec Music Conservatory and jazz and popular music at Humber College in Toronto, and one could hear both influences in his playing. He also added pleasant tenor vocals on a fast-paced and swinging version of Neil Young's “Heart of Gold”, and his violin was the central feature on the fast fiddle tune, “Danse du Bonheur”.
The group closed with Posgate's “MSVR” (aka “My Swedish Viking Roots”), a dramatic piece which inspired the audience to start clapping along without even being asked, and spiraled higher and higher before ending with a quick jig. The audience responded with a standing ovation.
– Alayne McGregor
on kreative kontrol w. vish khanna
This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto, as part of the Long Winter festival on Saturday March 19, 2016. My guests were, security expert Bobby Ruin, filmmaker Caitlin Durlak, a band called So Long Seven, Jay Ferguson and Patrick Pentland of Sloan, hip-hop artist and the host of CBC Radio's q, Shad, plus a live cooking demo by Zane Caplanksy. Due to technical difficulties, Zane's delicious segment could not be salvaged for this program. We hope to have Zane back on the show soon. My sidekick is James Keast and the Long Night house band is the Bicycles. Recorded by Dave MacKinnon. Produced by Long Winter, Vish Khanna, and Joel Garcia.