A BAND CALLED KITE, 1999
A BAND CALLED KITE
Kite Tales, 1999
Original smooth jazz songs and intricate funk jams, recorded live at the Top Of The Senator, Toronto.
Kenny Kirkwood - voice, sax, percussion
David Restivo - piano, keyboard
Kevin Turcotte - trumpet
Rich Brown - electric bass
Daniel Barnes - drum kit
Kevin Breit - guitar
Alan Hetherington - congas
Brent Bodrug - engineer, co-producer
Kenny Kirkwood - co-producer
1 Be Natural
2 For Betty Carter
3 Simply Glorious
4 See The Wind
6 The State I'm In
7 One With Everything
8 Everybody Wants To Rule The World
9 Hoe Down
"Who is this man who sounds so happy?"
- Avril Benoit, CBC Radio
“Your beautiful CD is terrific! The song “for Betty Carter” is lovely. The level of musicianship is really high and you sound like a band that loves to play together. The live performance recording is not an easy thing to pull off, but A Band Called Kite manages it with a great deal of precision and spirit!”
“The record is fabulous, it’s been in my CD player for some time now. I’m partial to track 2 “for Betty Carter”...it's lodged in my skull ... ‘keep movin on”... beautiful!”
“The songs are great! They give me a lot of images...the melodies are lush...the harmonies are really warm....it takes you.”
A BAND CALLED KITE showcases the original soul jazz music of Toronto singer/saxophonist Kenny Kirkwood. 5 award-winning Canadian jazz artists give life to Kenny's original songs and arrangements of swing, funk and odd-metered rap.
Recorded live over 5 nights at Toronto's premiere jazz club the Top of the Senator,
A BAND CALLED KITE delivers a bright polished sound, deep grooves and earth-soul lyrics for our times.
JVC Jazz Festival (with DJ Dopey) - Toronto
Annual Club Crawl - Toronto
CD Release “A Band Called Kite”
Toronto International Jazz Festival
CJRT-FM Sound of Toronto Jazz Series
Free World Beat, 2002
Kenny Kirkwood - voice, baritone sax, keys, djembe,
David French - voice, tenor sax, berimbau, keys
Todd Porter - voice, soprano/tenor sax, winds, djembe
Emilio Reyes Le Blanc - voice, alto sax, percussion
Louis Simao - voice, guitar, accordian, keys, pandiero
Ilios Steryannis - voice, drum kit, djembe, percussion
Steve Zsirai - voice, electric bass, percussion
Selected tracks from ZAM CAB
Live @ University of Toronto, Oct’02
1 Tiyende Pamodzi 1:01 Zambian call/response chant with percussion.
2 Wonderful You 1:31 Original 12/8 shuffle song morphs into clap-a-long rap.
3 Rocks 1:16 Baritone Sax funk riffs lead band to a smooth bridge.
4 I Like Peace 1:15 A simple happy dance number in 7/8.
5 Sansa Kuwa 1:33 Zambian popular song with audience sing-a-long.
6 Camel Ride to Bahia 0:58 Sax choir harmony improv with Brazilian percussion.
7 Shuffle Ra 0:59 Horn parade! - interactive improv with audience.
8 Trance Mission - Part 1 0:32 Earthy instrumental beats meet a soulful alto melody.
Take a musical taxi to grooveland! ZAMCAB is a 7-piece world-beat group that engages full audience participation in their unique and exciting performances, generating a groove-move collective consciousness with their organic music play.
Singing original repertoire and covers of Zambian folk and pop songs, ZAMCAB is led by Juno award-winning musician Kenny Kirkwood, featuring 7 colourful voices, a choir of saxophones, and a rhythm section of guitar, keyboard, bass, drums and African/Brasilian percussion.
Zambian Independence Celebration - Toronto
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO Jazz Series - Toronto
AFROFEST - Queen's Park, Toronto