Renee Rosnes – Beloved of the Sky 2LP


1. Elephant Dust
2. Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky
3. Mirror Image
4. Rosie
5. Black Holes
6. The Flame and the Lotus
7. Rhythm of the River
8. The Winter of My Discontent
9. Let the Wild Rumpus Start

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Limited Edition 140-gram+ double LP in gatefold tip-on jacket. Mastered for vinyl by Kevin Gray and pressed at RTI. Features cover artwork “Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky” by Emily Carr, photography by Jimmy Katz, and liner notes by David Hajdu.

“For those not familiar with the Tyner-esque bop flourish and Horace Silver-like subtlety of Canadian pianist/composer Renee Rosnes, then the rollicking Beloved of the Sky may be the disc to begin the discovery.”
— Mike Jurkovic, All About Jazz, 29 May 2018

“Few jazz pianists are as scarily satisfying. Even when the tempo goes down a notch the intensity remains. The fast numbers may bubble, but the slower ones simmer.”
— Chris Pearson, The Times (UK), 4 May 2018

The worth of a thing is not only to be found in its bottom-line value. That’s the idea at the heart of Canadian artist Emily Carr’s painting “Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky,” which depicts a solitary tree, rejected by loggers who have clear-cut its neighbors, stretching improbably but majestically into the heavens.

It’s a sentiment that resonates deeply with pianist/composer Renee Rosnes. On her album, BELOVED OF THE SKY–where Carr’s painting provides the inspiration for the title track, album title, and cover art–Rosnes explores the beauty and wonder to be found in life’s more elusive, intangible joys. The album’s nine pieces ruminate on pleasures and inspirations that don’t come with a price tag–the splendor of nature, the mysteries of the universe, the comforts of home, the treasured memories of lost loved ones, the simple warmth of an inside joke.

BELOVED OF THE SKY also celebrates the chemistry and discovery made possible by a band of truly remarkable musicians: saxophonist Chris Potter, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lenny White. “The beautiful thing about working with such masters,” Rosnes says, “is that when we play new music, they all bring their wealth of experience, taste, skill and imagination to the music. It’s exciting for me as a composer to write something and then see how it blossoms, because inevitably it’s going to sound a little different than what I imagined – in a great way.”
released April 6, 2018

Renee Rosnes – piano
Chris Potter – saxophones & flute
Steve Nelson – vibraphone
Peter Washington – bass
Lenny White – drums

Recorded Live on October 16 & 17, 2017
at Systems Two, Brooklyn, New York

Produced by Paul Stache
Associate Producer: Damon Smith
Recorded by Max Ross
Studio Assistant: Andrew Cavaciuti
Mixed & Mastered by Christopher Allen
Photography by Jimmy and Dena Katz
Design by Damon Smith and Paul Stache

Cover Artwork: Emily Carr, Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky, 1935, oil on canvas, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr Trust, Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Carr extract from Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of Emily Carr, Emily Carr, 2006, Douglas and McIntyre. Reprinted
with permission from the publisher

Special thanks to Vivian Chiu and Bradley Curtin at Steinway & Sons

Chris Potter appears courtesy of ECM Records
Steve Nelson appears courtesy of HighNote Records

Renee Rosnes is a Steinway Artist
All Titles Composed by Renee Rosnes except “Rosie” by Bobby Hutcherson and “The Winter of My Discontent” by Alec Wilder and Ben Ross Berenberg

“Rosie” is dedicated to the memory of Rosemary and Bobby Hutcherson

Executive Producers: Frank Christopher & Paul Stache

Weight 1.43 lbs