Jazz for the End of the World
“From the first breathy notes of Lemieux's beguiling voice to the last tinkling renumerations of Wyanski's keyboard, "Jazz at the End of the World" is a delightful retelling of the standards.“
- Seattle Sound Works
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"Jazz for the End of the World" began as a conversation about ennui and the apocalypse around a bonfire in August 2019. Sarah LeMieux, Ethan Foote, and Aaron Wyanski had all met at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and played together in a variety of strange and delightful configurations. The next logical step was clearly to make a jazz record that leaned into the apocalyptic underpinnings of the Great American Songbook. So, that's what they did.
Bringing in seasoned drummer Andy Chatfield to round out the group, they recorded nine songs, feeling out the emotionally dissonant roots of cherished American classics like "Darn That Dream," and "These Foolish Things." LeMieux's restrainedly emotional vocals glide atop Wyanski's scathing, glittery piano and Foote's wicked bass. Chatfield's drumming is solid pocket with flights of eerie fantasy. LeMieux's original tune "Goodbye, Paris," accentuates the existential while somehow also channeling Vince Guaraldi at Christmastime. It's a song about letting go of everything you love.
Although they couldn't get together for an album release party (for obvious reasons), the group used the creative magic of cutting edge technology (their phones) to record themselves playing together in celebration.