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New Dreams, Old Stories

by Way North

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Play 04:51
Dr Good 04:25
Dig 05:08


New Dreams, Old Stories, the latest release from avant-folk- jazz quartet Way North, seeks to connect the past and present of our collective human experience. Old stories acknowledging a vast musical heritage are woven together to create fresh new sounds with bold explorations, singable melodies, and even singalongs. Drawing on the musical lineages of jazz and bebop, as well as folk musics from South America and the American South, Way North’s compositions are a diverse collection of old stories to inspire new dreams and hope for society.

There’s a palpable joy in this music that comes from having recorded on the heels of a tour. The band is tight and loose, freely improvising and having fun while fully in control of the music they are playing. That they love playing together is obvious, and this feeling is contagious, drawing listeners into their love of folk musics bound by improvisation and jazz. Way North is about bringing people together and spreading uplifting music in the spirit of community. This is jazz you can dance to!

Way North is a community where all of the band members contribute music. New Dreams, Old Stories begins with Hennessy’s Play - their opener for every show - inviting the listener in with a cozy groove. Hennessy also contributed the epic and dreamy New Way Through, the hard-not-to-sing- along-to Dr Good, and co-wrote the beautiful When You Say Goodnight to Me with Herring. Second on the album is Cancura’s no-nonsense blues I’m Here to Stay. He continues the celebration of sound with the title track, New Dreams, Old Stories and also contributed the low-down and dirty Lonely Hearts. Herring’s first composition on the album is the avant- bop Château Gonflable. His other compositions include the gorgeous bass feature If Charlie Haden couldn’t write a song to bring world peace, what hope is there for me? and the ever so fun and groovy sing-along Come Over to Our House. Barshay shares with you the Venezuelan musical story Pajarillo Verde (Green Parrot) and also contributes a unique signature arrangement of the great Jackie McLean composition Dig.


released April 22, 2022

Way North:
Rebecca Hennessy - Trumpet, Voice
Petr Cancura - Tenor Saxophone, Voice
Michael Herring - Bass, Voice
Richie Barshay - Drums, Voice

New Dreams, Old Stories:
Produced by Way North
Recorded at The Canterbury Music Co. by Jeremy Darby
Mixed by Petr Cancura at Sound Changes Studio
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova at Phil’s Lab
Art & Design by Howie Shia and Leo Shia

Tracks 1, 7, 9 by Rebecca Hennessy (SOCAN)
Tracks 2, 3, 8 by Petr Cancura (SOCAN)
Tracks 4, 6, 10 by Michael Herring (SOCAN)
Track 5 Trad. Venezuelan, inspired by Soledad Bravo, arranged by Richie Barshay (BMI)
Track 11 by Jackie McLean, arranged by Richie Barshay (BMI)
Track 12 by Rebecca Hennessy and Michael Herring (SOCAN)

The recording was made possible through a grant from the Canada Council For The Arts


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Way North Toronto, Ontario

Way North is a cross-border mash-up of Canadian and American artists born out of the joy of playing together. Formed in Brooklyn in 2014 by three Canadians and a New Yorker, the band features saxophonist Petr Cancura, trumpeter Rebecca Hennessy, bassist Michael Herring and American drummer Richie Barshay. ... more

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