A powerhouse collective of Canada’s leading jazz composers and improvisers, CODE Quartet features original compositions that draw from each member’s unique background.
Strongly rooted in the jazz tradition, the chordless quartet features saxophonist Christine Jensen, Tui-award winning trumpeter Lex French, bassist Adrian Vedady and drummer Jim Doxas.
Together they create a soundscape that is diverse and refined, providing an exciting and engaging listening experience.
CODE Quartet premières Wellington Jazz Festival commissions from New Zealand composers Jasmine Lovell-Smith and Lex French - inspired by the themes of homecoming and loss and the works of James K. Baxter and Gordon Walters.
'Genealogy' - Lex French; 'Rosemarkie' - Dimitrios (Jim) Doxas ; 'Moorings' - Jasmine Lovell-Smith; 'Watching it all slip away' - Adrian Vedady; 'Transcience' - Jasmine Lovell-Smith; 'In the worlds first summer' - Lex French; 'Wind-Up' - Christine Jensen ; 'Topsy' - Lee Konitz
Recorded in Michael Fowler Centre on 8 June at 2019 Wellington Jazz Festival by RNZ
Sound engineer: Graham Kennedy