Courage, My Love

Courage, My Love

By Erin Propp and Larry Roy

Released
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Producer
Larry Roy
Musirex Productions (Larry Roy)
Independent
Distributed
CD Baby
Catalog No.
1414
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"He Cries (The Breathing)"

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"Skylark"

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"The Frost"



Courage, My Love is Erin Propp’s debut album, a project in partnership with veteran Canadian jazz guitarist, Larry Roy. Erin Propp’s crystalline voice is captured in this jazz/folk album, paired with Larry Roy’s guitar on seven originals by the duo, and five arrangements of jazz standards and pop tunes.
Courage, My Love runs from spare acoustic (Skylark, The Frost, Courage) to a warm electric (He Cries, Fitting In) and maintains a fluidity in its personal tone throughout. The originals by Propp & Roy are thoughtful, seamlessly arranged, and inventive while being accessible. This album appeals to the initiated jazz listener with Propp & Roy’s propensity for beautiful execution of improvised solos, while inviting in a new audience with highly personable lyrics and melodies.

Further to the originals, Propp penned lyrics for two of the jazz covers, Bobby Hutchinson’s “Little B’s Poem” and Horace Silver’s “Lonely Woman”, giving all new meaning and tone to the previously instrumental-only tunes. Propp & Roy’s interpretation of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” is another stand-out track, dynamic and brooding, and is an audience favourite in live performances.

Erin and Larry are joined by bassists Luke Sellick and Julian Bradford, pianist Will Bonness, drummer Curtis Nowosad, and saxophonist Jimmy Greene, with additional horns, strings, and percussion. Roy himself tackles not only his guitar, but dobro and banjo on several tracks (The Frost, Deloris). Two-time Grammy nominee Taylor Eigsti guests on “O Barquinho (Little Boat)”.

Propp & Roy have played together for over three years, taking painstaking efforts to craft an album of high artistry. They perform in Winnipeg and will be seen more and more outside of their prairie home in future days, though they are not short on excellent work in Manitoba, performing most recently with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

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