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Stephen-Ong/Eliosoff Quartet - Winding Path [info]

Check out our debut album as a group, and first album as co-leaders, released in late 2008:

Elie Flynn Quartet [info]

Recorded basically live at Clara Lichtenstein Hall.

[ 6.89MB | 5:08 | January 7, 2006 ]
personnel: Elie Flynn (guitar), Vincent Stephen-Ong (alto sax), Ariel Harrod (bass), Thierry Arsenault (drums)
Elie's composition 1+1 combines very African-influenced groove with contemporary jazz harmony.

[ 9.22MB | 6:41 | January 7, 2006 ]
personnel: Elie Flynn (guitar), Vincent Stephen-Ong (alto sax), Ariel Harrod (bass), Thierry Arsenault (drums)
An arrangement of mine of an old standard, turned into a modern groove-based harmonically-flexible vehicle for guitarist Elie Flynn. The A section uses a repeating sequence of heavily-chromatic chord structures over what it basically an Eb minor funk pedal to create vagueness of tonic. The bridge section uses more conventional reharmonization techniques.

[ 8.55MB | 6:20 | January 7, 2006 ]
personnel: Elie Flynn (guitar), Vincent Stephen-Ong (alto sax), Ariel Harrod (bass), Thierry Arsenault (drums)
Bassist Ariel Harrod opens things up with a bass solo for this New Orleans street-beat-inspired tune.

[ 5.59MB | 3:53 | January 7, 2006 ]
personnel: Elie Flynn (guitar), Vincent Stephen-Ong (alto sax), Ariel Harrod (bass), Thierry Arsenault (drums)
The sounds of morning movement get abruptly interrupted by an alarm clock in Ariel Harrod's middle-Eastern-fusion tune "Wake Up".

Martin Petersen's Certified Organic Jazz Quartet [info]

Our demo, recorded in 2005, is available on Martin's site. You can also find videos on our Facebook page.

Stephen-Ong/Eliosoff Quartet - Demos [info]

The following excerpts are from a set of recording sessions we did at Tom Eliosoff's makeshift home studio in late 2004. Considering the slapped together nature of some of the equipment involved, the sound quality is quite outstanding.

[ 3.94MB | 3:16 | August 23, 2004 ]
personnel: Vincent Stephen-Ong (alto sax), Tom Eliosoff (guitar), Ariel Harrod (bass), Mark "Bucky" Wheaton (drums)
Recorded during our first session, with surprisingly good results, both sound quality and playing-wise, although the bass is a bit loud in the mix. The tune is one of my less complicated "odd-metre groove" tunes.

[ 6.12MB | 4:49 | August 23, 2004 ]
personnel: Vincent Stephen-Ong (alto sax), Tom Eliosoff (guitar), Ariel Harrod (bass), Mark "Bucky" Wheaton (drums)
Also from our first session, Tom's great arrangement of a classic jazz standard features some outstanding playing from our drummer Mark "Bucky" Wheaton. Interestingly, the idea of reharmonizing the first chord from G myxolydian to E phrygian occured at a jam session when the bass player started playing his open E string at the top of the form. A light went on in Tom's head and the seeds of this arrangement were planted.

[ 3.34MB | 2:48 | September 10, 2004 ]
personnel: Vincent Stephen-Ong (alto sax), Tom Eliosoff (guitar), Ariel Harrod (bass), Mark "Bucky" Wheaton (drums)
From a different recording session at Tom's home studio, the sound quality is markedly different. We're still trying to find the best recording setup.

From a technical standpoint, although this ballad features some non-standard harmonic progressions, odd harmonic rhythm, and non-modal or highly chromatic chords, its life started as an exercise in thematic development. The goal was to write a piece whose material was entirely derived from an initial thematic statement using serialist techniques of transposition, inversion, retrogression, etc. As the exercise piece developed, however, I started breaking rules to accommodate the strength of the musical ideas and it quickly became apparent that this was to become a "real" piece.

[ 6.74MB | 5:49 | September 10, 2004 ]
personnel: Vincent Stephen-Ong (alto sax), Tom Eliosoff (guitar), Ariel Harrod (bass), Mark "Bucky" Wheaton (drums)
This final excerpt jumps straight into the improvisation section on an as-of-yet untitled tune of Tom's that features a deceptively simple-sounding 11/4 groove (subdivided as 3/3/3/2).

Stephen-Ong/Bamford/Ruddick [info]

[ 12.6MB | 8:27 | June 19, 2004 ]
personnel: Vincent Stephen-Ong (alto sax), Anna Ruddick (bass), Ivan Bamford (drums)
Recorded direct to minidisc during a rehearsal.

[ 16.4MB | 11:21 | July 5, 2004 ]
personnel: Vincent Stephen-Ong (alto sax), Anna Ruddick (bass), Ivan Bamford (drums)
Recorded directly to minidisc during the group's debut performance at Café Utopik. This original piece by our drummer, Ivan Bamford, contains an open or "free" blowing section and it features Anna Ruddick's fine arco playing.

Spontaneous Combustion [info]

The following excerpts are from a set of recording sessions we did at Studio Gardner in August 2004 for a forthcoming album. If you would like to be notified when the new album is released, feel free to contact me.

[ 3.13MB | 2:00 | August 2004 ]
This warmup piece was spontaneously improvised from start to finish. Despite the fact that each musician's entrance, whether consciously or not, contrasts starkly to what came before, there is a strong coherence of ideas. Recorded at Studio Gardner.

[ 2.73MB | 2:00 | August 2004 ]
Another wholly-improved warmup piece that was too good not to keep. The only concept we had going into it was that it would begin with the two saxophones in duo, with the drums eventually creeping in. Recorded at Studio Gardner.

[ 3.05MB | 2:00 | August 2004 ]
This is an excerpt from the blowing section of Peter Turner's composition "Zaw". Near the end of the piece, as Peter is at the height of his blowing, I re-enter to push him higher and we group-improvise our way back to a restatement of the original melody. Recorded at Studio Gardner.

[ 3.11MB | 2:08 | August 2004 ]
Peter Turner's composition "Jimmy Green, the Bird", appropriately enough, is the story of one of Peter's childhood pets. It's a short and to-the-point musical portrait. Recorded at Studio Gardner.

Piano

The following recordings feature me on piano instead of saxophone.

[ 5.31MB | 4:44 | November 12, 2004 ]
personnel: Vincent Stephen-Ong (piano)
Recorded at McGill's Clara Lichtenstein Hall recording studio at the end of a session with pianist/vocalist Amandine Paccioni. We had a little bit of tape left over and Amandine suggested that I record a solo piano track while the rest of the band was packing up, which is how this came to be.