Picture a grinning alien riding a great white shark with a belly full of stop signs and instruction manuals. Cool like that.
Renowned as one of the most original and adventuresome modern jazz bands in Canada, The Unsupervised has grinningly devoured stages all across the country. Recent touring highlights include a main stage, award nominated performance at the 2011 Montreal Jazz Festival, feature performances at the Ottawa and Halifax jazz festivals, and wowing audiences from coast to coast with their passion and fearlessness. Armed with a fresh book of daring compositions, thier 2013 Vancouver International Jazz Festival performance had the community abuzz for weeks. The band is currently planning a 2014 Canadian jazz festivals tour, followed by their first foray into the European scene, and the follow up recording to their highly regarded cd Elevator.
Formed in 2005 by guitarist/composer Jeff Younger, the band brazenly blends the energetic spirit of modern Scandanavian groups like Atomic, with the coolness of the downtown New York scene and the sonic expressionism of improvising masters like Evan Parker and Han Bennink.
The Montreal Jazz Festival: “This modern Canadian jazz predator is always ravenous for musical adventure – and fans will feast on it!”
The Ottawa Jazz Festival: “Their 2011 performance was outstanding… their skills and talent rise above.”
The Halifax Jazz Festival: “At the heart of The Unsupervised sits the incredible compositional voice of guitarist Jeff Younger. Melding the tropes of all kinds of bop, modal jazz and rock, this quintet offers incredibly complex, considered music in a highly excitable fashion.”
The shark is hungry and the alien is looking for trouble… Cool like that.
The Unsupervised is:
Jeff Younger – guitar/composition
Kristian Naso – trumpet
Colin Maskell – tenor saxophone
Russell Sholberg – upright bass
Mike Magnusson – drums