New Album from La Riviere Likely to Turn Heads
by James Kasper
Victoria musician and composer Nick La Riviere is releasing his sophomore album “Another Time Around” this weekend at Hermann’s Jazz Club. Makes sense, right? A jazz musician releasing his album at a jazz club…Well, not so fast. Sure, La Riviere has proven to be an accomplished jazz sideman over the past several years, demonstrating his mad skills on trombone with many of Victoria’s very best jazz players, not to mention touring Europe with The Paperboys. But make no mistake. “Another Time Around” is much more than a jazz record.
Though an admirable undertaking, La Riviere’s 2009 instrumental release “Too Much To Do” now seems to be, in retrospect, a modest and somewhat tentative precursor to “Another Time Around.” That’s not to say that instrumental records can’t be just as impressive as vocal-driven releases. But there is something special about this new album. Something BIG and bold. Not to mention eclectic.
“I try not to be locked into any one genre, whether it’s writing or what I’m listening to,” Nick explains.
And it shows. The album packs a diverse punch right from the get-go. The up-tempo, cheerful, catchy-as-heck opener “Woohoo” draws you in like one of those high-in-demand sprinklers at the hot summer music festivals. Nick co-penned the track with Spirit of the West’s Geoffrey Kelly.
La Riviere describes the experience writing with Kelly, which took place while they were taking the overnight ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam on a tour with The Paperboys: “I already had a rough version of the lyrics written, as well as a complete demo of the tune. Geoffrey came up with some clever ways to make the song more lyrically interesting. One thing I was going for with this song was an overall cheerful sound contrasting the less happy lyrics, and I think we achieved that.”
And that’s just the beginning of the who’s-who on this record (a veritable Woohoo-Who’s-Who, you might say). The one-and-only Michael Kaeshammer offers up some tasty piano on two of the album’s gems. Sean Drabitt lays down bass on most of the record. Damien Graham locks it in on drums on all but one track. Adam Dobres offers his guitar wizardry on four of the tunes. Alpha Yaya Diallo is a special guest on guitar for the title track. Adrian Dolan and Ivonne Hernandez lend some sweet violin on two tracks. And the parade of Woohoo-Who’s-Who marches on…
Two other highlights on this album are the title track “Another Time Around” and the soulful ballad “One Minute” – the former begins with an impressive 16-track vocal “choir” comprised of vocals from La Riviere and guest vocalist Kali Moreno, and the latter is an powerfully emotive detour from the uptempo vibe of most of the album.
“Another Time Around” is already on my list of top independent Canadian albums for 2015. And it’s only July, folks. Chances of this record being bumped from that list by December? Zero to None.
La Riviere’s release of the new record happens this weekend – both Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th at Herman’s Jazz Club. His 5-piece band for the weekend will consist of Aidan Miller on keys, Damien Graham on drums, Sean Drabitt on bass, Kelly Fawcett on guitar, and of course, Lariviere on vocals, trombone, and conch shells. Featured harmony vocalists will include Lauren Marshall, Heather Quee, Shanna Dance, and Deven Miles.
The title track from the new album, Another Time Around, is a Semi-Finalist in the Unsigned Only music competition.
From the website:
Unsigned Only is a unique music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist…a newcomer or veteran…raw or polished – the “gem” that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.
Conceived of and produced by the team who bring you the prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions. Yes, it offers great prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a group of judges consisting of high-profile recording artists and industry professionals. But, Unsigned Only also takes it a step further and puts the Grand Prize winner in direct, personal contact with the influential record label executives who are the ultimate decision-makers. For the first time ever, a music competition offers the Grand Prize winner the unprecedented opportunity to be mentored by a group of record company presidents, A&R reps, and more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, feedback, and networking opportunities.
2015 Judges include: Aimee Mann; alt-J; Robert Smith (The Cure); Sinead O’Connor; Kem; Aaron Shust; Rosanne Cash; The Killers; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Dustin Lynch; Rapsody; Jason Gray; Ray Wylie Hubbard; David Crowder; Lucero; Colt Ford; Frank Foster; Kool & The Gang; Kelly Price; Kyle Anderson (Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly); Shirley Halperin (Music Editor, Billboard and Hollywood Reporter); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Lucy Jones (Deputy Editor, NME); Hardeep Phull (Music Critic, The New York Post); Michael Hann (Music Editor, The Guardian); and Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post)
Mentors include: Pete Ganberg (Executive Vice President/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records); Mike Elizondo (Senior Vice President of A&R, Warner Bros. Records); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment and A&R, Capitol Music Group); Lenny Santiago (Vice President of A&R, Roc Nation); Taylor Lindsey (Director of A&R, Sony Music Nashville); Dino Paredes (Senior Vice President of A&R/GM, American Recordings); Katie Welle (Senior Vice President of A&R, RCA Records); Gary Paczosa (Vice President of A&R, Sugar Hill Records / Vanguard Records); and Allison Jones (Senior Vice President, Big Machine)
Screen Shot Mentors include: Michelle Bayer (Shelly Bay Music); Michelle Silverman (Modern Planet); Ani Johnson (Monomyth Media); Evan Stei (Experience Music Group); Velma Barkwell (East End Music Productions); Jen Taunton (Level Two Music); James Kempner (JMK Connections); Randy Powell (Kicksta Music Group); Carlos Muhammad (Egyptian Man Entertainment Group); Richard Kirstein (Resilient Music LLP); and Jessica Cole (Lyric House Publishing)
The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $10,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category. First Place winners in each category will receive $1,000 in addition to other prizes. Second Place winners will also receive prizes. The First Place winner in the Screen Shot category will also be mentored by a group of music execs who place songs in film, tv, ads, and video games. All prizes are listed on the Prize page. Winners for the 2015 competition will be announced in early September, 2015.
(Vancouver, BC) – Victoria-based musician Nick La Riviere is a composer, arranger, performer, singer, trombonist, band leader, bassist, AND conch shell player. With those credentials it should come as no suprise that he’s well known as one of BC’s busiest musicians; and he’s about to get even busier with the independent release of his new album Another Time Around on Friday, July 24th. To mark the occasion, Nick La Riviere will be playing two album release shows in Victoria on July 24th and 25th at Hermann’s Jazz Club (753 View St.). Full details listed below.
Nick La Riviere released his debut album Too Much To Do in 2009. The jazz instrumental record featured La Riviere on trombone and conch shells, along with some amazing jazz players including: Ross Taggart (piano), Jodi Proznick (bass) and Jesse Cahill (drums). The album was well-received by music critics, including Jeremiah Sutherland at Island Jazz, who summed up the album like this: “If Nick La Riviere’s debut release Too Much to Do were a person, you’d want it sitting next to
you on plane trip because it’s just so darn entertaining. The album is exuberant, multi-faceted, humorous, outgoing and just fun to be around.”
With the release of his 2nd album Another Time Around on July 24th, Nick La Riviere prepares to take the musical world by storm with his own unique brand of genre-bending music. This time with vocals. Every song on the album is original, with a blend of influences ranging from Sam Cooke to Jamiroquai to Ben Folds to Paul Simon. The album features a dizzying array of tempos, styles, and unexpected twists – all while driving forward with a cohesive unified sound. The feature track ‘Woohoo’ is an engaging pop song that La Riviere co-wrote with Geoffrey Kelly from Spirit of The West while on the road.
“Me and Geoffrey sat down to write the lyrics to ‘Woohoo’ while we were taking the overnight ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam on a tour with The Paperboys,” La Riviere explains. “I already had a rough version of the lyrics written, as well as a complete demo of the tune. With his experience writing for Spirit of the West, Geoffrey came up with some clever ways to make the song more lyrically interesting. One thing I was going for with this song was an overall cheerful sound contrasting the less happy lyrics and I think we achieved that.”
Nick La Riviere has been a working musician for years, and as a sideman he’s performed with award winning artists of many genres including: Michael Kaeshammer, Nikki Yanofsky, The Temptations, Adonis Puentes and The Paperboys. He regularly plays R&B, folk, funk, latin, klezmer, jazz and pop – pretty much everything! His musical travels have taken him all over Canada, the USA, and as far as Germany, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, and more. He also teaches
a 16 piece R&B band, leads a few bands of his own, and performs often on a nightly basis.
Look for Nick La Riviere’s new album Another Time Around set to be independently released on Friday, July 24th. And be sure to catch La Riviere live in Victoria at Hermann’s Jazz Club for two Album Release Shows on July 24th and 25th. More performance dates will be announced soon, please visit nicklariviere.com for the most up-to-date tour schedule.
Nick La Riviere Album Release Shows
When: Friday, July 24th + Saturday, July 25th
Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club (753 View St., Victoria, BC)
I’ve added a live cam page to this site. There you’ll find a live stream of some of my gigs… whenever there’s a good place to set up the camera and either wifi or a good cellular connection. You can find that page hovering over ‘videos’ and clicking Live Cam on the dropdown menu. Enjoy!
My band will be hosting the official Jazzfest after hours jam Monday through Wednesday this week. 10pm to 1am at Harbour Towers. This is the jam where the touring artists are encouraged to come hang out and play some tunes with the local players, and it’s where I had the opportunity to play with Wynton Marsalis years ago. It’s a lot of fun and an opportunity to see some great music!
My band will be performing our own set on Sunday the 28th at 2:30pm in Centennial Square. A free show, so don’t miss it!
Yes, it’s finally time that I can announce my album, Another Time Around, coming out this summer. I’ve been working on it for a very long time, so it’s very exciting to finally be able to release it. The CD launch shows are going to be awesome, so please come and check them out!
Join Nick La Riviere, Aidan Miller, Kelly Fawcett, Damian Graham, and Sean Drabitt for the release of Nick’s long-awaited original album.
This launch party features opening guests West My Friend, as well as some awesome special guests, door prizes, and of course some great music.
Reservations are highly recommended – email email@example.com
Composer, arranger, performer, singer, trombonist, band leader, conch shell player, bass player: Nick La Riviere is already well known in many circles as one of BC’s busiest musicians. As a sideman, Nick has performed with award winning artists of many genres – Michael Kaeshammer, Nikki Yanofsky, The Temptations, Adonis Puentes, The Paperboys, to name a few. He regularly plays R&B, folk, funk, latin, klezmer, jazz, pop; pretty much everything. Nick’s musical travels have taken him all over Canada, the USA, and as far as Germany, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, and more. He also teaches a 16 piece R&B band, leads a few bands of his own, and performs often on a nightly basis.
With the release of Another Time Around, Nick prepares to take the musical world by storm with his own unique brand of genre-bending music. Every song on the album is original, with a blend of influences ranging from Sam Cooke to Jamiroquai to Ben Folds to Paul Simon. The album features a dizzying array of tempos, styles, and unexpected twists – all while driving forward with a cohesive unified sound. This is the album for everyone who likes variety in a performance – versatile musicians who can go from playing a heavy funky rock number right to a dynamic 12/8 ballad, or a catchy classic R&B style sing along.
‘Another Time Around’ features a big sound and includes guests such as Michael Kaeshammer and Alpha Yaya Diallo. Tracks contain fun treats like a 22 piece choir, a multitude of trombones, and a string section. Juno nominated producer Joby Baker lends his talented ear to bring the mix to life. As a finishing touch the album cover features a ‘3 flip lenticular print’ – the viewer sees a different image depending on the viewing angle. Why? Because this album is exciting, fun, and different – so why stop at
Complete Album Credits:
Nick La Riviere (Vocals, Trombone, Conch Shells, Bass, Synth, additional Piano)
Aidan Miller Piano, BKG Vocals, Synth, Hammond)
Sean Drabitt (Bass)
Damian Graham (Drums)
Adam Dobres (Guitar)
Michael Kaeshammer (Piano)
Miguel Valdes (Trumpet, Congas, Percussion)
Kali Moreno (BKG Vocals)
Alpha Yaya Diallo (Guitar)
Reuben Wier (Guitar)
Julian Vitek (Violin, Viola)
Andrew Greenwood (Tenor Sax)
Aaron Scoones (BKG Vocals)
Adrian Dolan (Violin)
Ivonne Hernandez (Violin)
Alasdair Money (Cello)
All songs by Nick La Riviere, except one track by Nick La Riviere & Geoffrey Kelly