"Apollo reminds us of a golden era in jazz while introducing a young talent to watch" (Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music, January 2013).
With the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, Apollo: Tribute to the Miles Davis Quintet, The Lucas Sader Project pays homage to one of the most innovative groups and bandleaders in the history of music, trumpeter Miles Davis and his legendary 1960’s Quintet. The album features drummer, composer and arranger Lucas Sader, along with world-renowned trumpeter Derrick Gardner, alto/tenor saxophonist Paul Balcain, pianist Paul De Gurse, and bassist Karl Kohut.
The diverse mosaic of material that comprises the album includes interpretations of jazz standards which Miles’ Quintet arranged, Cole Porter’s All of You and Victor Young’s Stella By Starlight, along with tunes written by members of Miles’ group, Eighty-One by Ron Carter, Victor Feldman’s Joshua, and The Sorcerer by Herbie Hancock. The remaining four tracks penned by Sader include an arrangement of Miles’ classic ballad Blue In Green and three original compositions, the album’s title track, Apollo, the album’s theme, Blues for Wynton Kelly, and Moonrise.
The album reached #1 on !earshot’s National Jazz Radio Chart, and the Winnipeg Free Press awarded the album "4 stars" (Chris Smith, November 2012). Apollo recorded and mixed by Larry Roy at Musirex Productions, mastered by Jordan Jackiew at Resosound Productions (www.resosound.com), and designed by John Funk at Underscorefunk Design (www.underscorefunk.com)
We are proud that the album will be printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Paper using vegetable-based links and shrink wrap will only be used when necessary to limit it's environmental footprint. The album also supports Winnipeg's arts community and economy as every aspect of production, including recording, mixing, mastering, design, printing, and packaging, was done locally.
Lucas Sader Music would also like to acknowledge the support of Manitoba Film and Music, FACTOR Canada, the Government of Canada through the department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund), and of Canada' Private Radio Broadcasters in the production of the album.