Is This a Dream?, the fourth album by pianist Will Bonness, takes listeners on an introspective journey through a range of emotions and mental states, using unique and varying combinations of instruments to set different moods. The cover art, inspired by the Rorschach inkblot test, along with the suggestive song titles, invites listeners to create their own story for each track. Through a combination of wordless vocals, clarinet, and arco bass, along with the familiar piano trio, each composition sets a distinct atmosphere and showcases Will’s musical voice.
Following up on the success of his JUNO-winning album Change of Plans, Bonness drew inspiration for the new album from his time in Toronto, where he met and collaborated with clarinetist Virginia MacDonald, bassist Daniel Fortin, and saxophonist Allison Au. Completing the ensemble are vocalist Jocelyn Gould and drummer Fabio Ragnelli, both of whom were featured on his previous record. Is This a Dream presents a blend of original compositions by Will Bonness and covers by the great composers Hoagy Carmichael, Billy Strayhorn, Cole Porter, and Tom Harrell.
Is This a Dream, has something for every jazz listener with its colourful harmonies, contrasting textures, diversity of genres, and virtuoso performances. The album will be released Friday, June 16th, 2023, and celebrated with a Canadian Jazz Festival tour.
June 21 @ 9:30 Medicine Hat Jazz Festival – Esplanade Terrace
June 23 @ 9:30 Winnipeg Jazz Festival – Royal Albert Arms
June 24 @ 6:30 Ottawa Jazz Festival – Confederation Park Main Stage
June 28 @ 7:00 Victoria Jazz Festival – Hermann’s Jazz Club
June 29 @ 8:00 Vancouver Jazz Festival – Frankie’s Jazz Club
June 30 @ 8:30 YYC Summer Jazz Festival – Ironwood Stage & Grill