The Music

Hard Rubber Orchestra

Kenny Wheeler: Suite for Hard Rubber Orchestra

(Justin Time Records 2018)

Available for purchase through Justin Time Records, Amazon and iTunes.

Kenny Wheeler’s Suite for Hard Rubber Orchestra (September 2018) represents the final large work by the famed composer who has many landmark recordings to his name including his Music for Large and Small Ensembles for ECM, a staple amongst jazz fans. While the music is quintessentially Kenny, it is also full of delightful surprises.  Kenny Wheeler left us in 2014, but he left us with a gem, lovingly performed and recorded by an ensemble of deeply devoted musicians.  This is the Orchestra’s fourth CD.

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CRUSH (Hard Rubber New Music Society, 2014)

Hard Rubber Orchestra - new album Crush

The album can be purchased online at CD BabyiTunes or bandcamp.

The new record features original music by some of Canada’s most exciting composers, performed by Vancouver’s finest musicians:

Dave Robbins > drums
Jack Duncan > latin percussion
André Lachance > bass
Ron Samworth > guitar
Chris Gestrin > keys
Cameron Wilson > violin
Campbell Ryga, Bill Runge,
David Branter, Chad Makela > saxophones
Derry Byrne, Kent Wallace,
Henry Christian > trumpets
Rod Murray, Dennis Esson, Hugh Fraser,
Jeremy Berkman > trombones

and the Hard Rubber Chamber Orchestra (track 6)
Mark McGregor > flute
François Houle > clarinet
David Owen > oboe
Ingrid Chiang > bassoon
Henry Christian > trumpet
Steve Denroche > french horn
Jeremy Berkman > trombone
Dave Sabourin > tuba
Salvador Ferreras > percussion
Cameron Wilson > violin
Henry Lee > viola
Peggy Lee > cello
Laurence Mollerup > acoustic and electric bass

Come to the Dark Side was commissioned by New York’s American Composers Orchestra and was premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2010.

Crush and Lowest Tide were commissioned by Amsterdam’s Tetzepi Bigtet and premiered in The Netherlands in 2002 and 2004.

Peace for Ross is dedicated to the great Ross Taggart, a dear friend, and one of Vancouver’s greatest and most beloved musicians.

Slice and WISE Up are dedicated to the ground-breaking Vancouver drum’n’bass drummer Ray Garraway.

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RUB HARDER (Les Disques Victo, 2002)



Vancouver’s best soloists playing compositions of Brad Turner, John Korsrud,Ron Samworth, Jean Derome and René Lussier.

The Hard Rubber Orchestra is proud to release its second CD Rub Harder on Les Disques Victo. Cruel Yet Fair, the Orchestra’s first CD released in 1998, was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Recording and a West Coast Music Award for Best Jazz Recording. Rub Harder features compositions by Juno Award winner Brad Turner, Freddie Stone Award winner Jean Derome, John Korsrud, René Lussier and Ron Samworth. Guest soloists include Brad Turner, Montréal’s Marilyn Lerner and Winnipeg’s Lori Freedman. Other featured soloists include some of Vancouver’s finest: Bill Runge, Saul Berson, Ron Samworth, Vince Mai, Dave Robbins, Jack Duncan, Daniel Miles Kane and others.

An eclectic mix of edge-cutting jazz, improv, electronica and groove.

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CRUEL YET FAIR (Les Disques Victo, 1998)


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