READY OR NOT, here we come with the second volume of the critically acclaimed collection of lost Canadian jazz treasures from the CBC archives. During the 60s and 70s, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation sought out. the finest jazz musicians in Canada and recorded them improvising live in a small combo setting to document their work for posterity. A few vinyl LPs of each session were pressed up but most this incredible music has been gathering dust in the CBC archive for more than 30 years.
Do Right Music went straight to the source and secured the rights from CBC to re-release these incredible overlooked recordings, tracked down the original analog session tapes and remastered the recordings to state-of-the-art standards. The first READY OR NOT collection drew critical raves in the UK, Europe, Japan and in Canada where Coda's associate publisher Daryl Angier devoted an entire editorial page in the March 2006 issue of the venerable jazz journal to shouting it's praise. In addition, READY OR NOT's dancefloor ready tracks continue to receive heavy club spins around the globe from celebrated Djs Nicola Conte, Quantic, Rainer Truby, Kyoto Jazz Massive, and Movement Collective.
Due to popular demand, Do Right boss John Kong and Toronto-based music journalist Tim Perlich have dug even deeper to come up with another mindblowing selection of soulfully deep and seriously swinging jazz gems for READY OR NOT's second volume.
READY OR NOT fans will be thrilled that four of volume one's stars, Fred Stone, Emile Normand, Nick Ayoub and the recently departed Billy Robinson are back for an encore, joining seven more fabulous contributors including the Alvinn Pall Sextet, groundfloor bop pianist Sadik Hakim, Vancouver's freaky-fine Sunship Ensemble, along with Toronto scenemakers Ted Moses and pianist Bernie Senensky, who shows he could get surprisingly funky back in the day with the first recording of his signature tune Beloved Gift.
Among the many highlights are a super-rare early 60s broadcast transcription of Montreal's Yvan Landry Quartet giving Jean-Pierre Ferland's somber standard Ton Visage a radically raging overhaul. And you won't believe that Lynda Niles of the Montreal Black Community Youth Choir was just 16 years old when she accompanied herself on piano for a stirring rendition of Tryin' Times that rivals Roberta Flack's own.