Fake It Until You Make It (2016)
Divergence Jazz Orchestra

Following a highly acclaimed debut album release in 2013, Divergence Jazz Orchestra release their second album ‘Fake It Until You Make It’ – a brand new CD, featuring original music composed by Jenna Cave, Brendan Champion, Luke Davis, Paul Murchison and Miroslav Bukovsky – performed by some of Sydney‘s most versatile young musicians.

Each tune on this album contains that zest, energy and buzz that are at the core of Divergence Jazz Orchestra’s principles and an affinity for groove that accentuates the validity and freshness of a jazz orchestra in today’s musical landscape. All of the compositions on this release show originality, and the mix of sound worlds vary from swing to New Orleans to gospel ballads featuring luscious harmonies, exciting writing and all of the features that make for a top-notch jazz album.

“What remains to be said about Divergence is that it enjoys an obvious advantage over most other contemporary jazz groups: like its very name it diverges from the crowd, it has its own rules and doesn’t follow trends. And so what we have is a group of young, fresh and exuberant composers and musicians who have joined forces to create their own exciting take on the world of jazz. When you hear this album you will be assured that jazz orchestras are alive and well, and as ‘happening’ as ever.”

– Samuel Cottell, Fine Music Magazine
"Four stars...The ensemble proves, as it does throughout, that faking isn’t a part of its lexicon. In other words, the DJO is for real..That second manifesto is now here, and the verdict is that it is in many ways even more impressive than the first."
- Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

Conductor
Jenna Cave

Saxophones and Woodwinds:
Justin Buckingham (alto, flute)
Loretta Palmeiro (alto, soprano, clarinet)
David Reglar (tenor, alto)
Louis Klaassen (tenor)
Tim Clarkson (baritone, bass clarinet)

Rhythm Section
Luke Liang (guitar)
Andrew Scott (piano)
David Groves (bass)
James McCaffrey (drums)

 

Trombones
Paul Weber (Co-Director, lead)
Brendan Champion
Tim Coggins
Luke Davis (bass)
 

Trumpets and Flugelhorns
Paul Murchison
Rob Campbell
Will Endicott
Paul Meo
Will Gilbert

Produced by
Jenna Cave

Artwork and Design
Dean Ivamy


Photography
Aaron Blakey

Liner Notes by
Samuel Cottell

Recorded by
Christo Curtis at 301 Studios, Sydney
23 & 24 April 2016

Mixed by
Christo Curtis at Utopia Audio
May to July 2016

Sessions produced by
Jessica Wells at 301 Studios, Sydney
23 & 24 April 2016

Thank you to our 105 generous patrons who supported this recording project through crowdfunding.

Associate producers: Saul Richardson, Verona Burgess, Mike Cave, Helen Davis, Ian and Bettine Kent

Mrs Party Pants was commissioned by Graham and Jenny Cook. This version of Tones was commission by Mary Johnsson.

Special thanks to Jessica Wells of Jigsaw Music and Christo Curtis of Utopia Audio.

Track 1
composed by Luke Davis.

Tracks 2 - 7
composed by Jenna Cave.

Tracks 8 & 11
composed by Brendan Champion.

Track 9
composed by Paul Murchison.

Track 10
composed by Miroslav Bukovsky and arranged by Jenna Cave.

 

 

The Opening Statement (2013)
DIVERGENCE JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Independently produced and funded,  The Opening Statement is a showcase of the music of bandleader Jenna Cave. The collection of selected works, composed between 2006 to 2013, were rewritten for Divergence Jazz Orchestra in collaboration with Paul Weber, and collectively developed for performance by the ensemble. At the time of recording the group was made up of 18 of Sydney’s most committed young jazz musicians, aged 19 to 34, who shared a special interest in performing original large ensemble music.

Composer and Conductor
Jenna Cave

Saxophones and Woodwinds:
Justin Buckingham (lead alto, soprano, flute)
Joshua Willard (alto, clarinet)
Evan Harris (tenor, flute)
Michael Avgenicos (tenor)
Chris O’Dea (baritone)

Rhythm Section
Luke Liang (guitar)
David Groves (bass)
James McCaffrey (drums)

 

 

Trombones
Paul Weber (Co-Musical Director, lead)
Brendan Champion
Tim Coggins
Mitchell Nissen (bass)

Trumpets and Flugelhorns
Dane Laboyrie (lead)
Matthew Collins
Luke Stephens
Paul Meo
Will Gilbert

Produced by
Jenna Cave, Paul Weber, Jessica Wells & Guy Gross

Artwork and Design
Dean Ivamy


Photography
Aaron Blakey

Recorded by
Daniel Brown at Trackdown studios
20-21 April 2013

Mixed by
Christo Curtis at Utopia Audio
May & June 2013

Production of this album would not have been possible without the generous financial support of the 125 friends and followers who contributed to our crowd funding campaign. Special mentions to Verona Burgess, Deirdre O’Brien, Felicity Miller, and Dave Lisik for their contributions.

“Four stars…A highly listenable album… Cave has established herself as a top-level composer, arranger and conductor in Australian jazz” – John McBeath, The Australian newspaper

“The Opening Statement is, all up, one hell of an opening statement from a group that – it is apparent – has a hell of lot more to say” – John Hardaker, AustralianJazz.net

“Four stars…Divergence Jazz Orchestra is remarkably strong and consistently pleasing… Cave writes with depth and maturity well beyond her years, a virtue not lost on the DJO, which carries out her wishes to the letter.” – Jack Bowers, ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)