SUSSEX – PARADE DAY  

Sussex is the brainchild of Michael Emenau and Rob Lutes. The two renowned musicians were childhood friends and high school bandmates in New Brunswick. They went their separate ways following university—Michael to Tokyo, San Francisco and Paris, where he made a name for himself as a world-class jazz percussionist and composer; Lutes to Montreal, where he has recorded six albums and earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest songwriters and roots performers.

Reunited in 2012, the pair began to write together for the first time in 20 years. Encouraged by the results, and by CALQ and Canada Council grants, they decided to make a record. Enlisting the services of some of Montreal’s finest musicians, including Benoit Charest (guitar), Josh Zubot (violin), Sage Reynolds (bass), Ivanhoé Jolicoeur (trumpet/flugelhorn), they went into the legendary Studio Frisson in Montreal in Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 and came out with Parade Day.

Featuring a unique mix of instruments on 11 compelling and diverse originals and the Randy Newman gem “Dayton, Ohio, 1903,” the album represents a modern day love letter to the early jazz, blues and folk music that were their primary musical influences.

In a live setting, this new ensemble calls on its diverse talents and extensive experience to spin this mix of genres into an inspiring musical experience.
 

Booking
RÉSONANCES/PS PARÉ
C.P. 111, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville
Québec, J3V 4P8
​Téléphone: 514-521-4445
Agence Resonances


Reviews 

‟An absolutely charming mix of blues, jazz and folk.” - Metro Montreal 

"...a truly great evening...energy, intricacy, texture, nuance, expressiveness, and power, but all  with great subtlety. Suffice to say, a great show."    
- Thom Meredith, AD, Sainte-Anne Blues Cafe

''A feast for the ears. An excellent album.''  - Rein van den Berg, Music that Demands Attention 

''What this eclectic group came up with is a treat. Lutes rose to the occasion with sophisticated songs that make the most of these instrumental colours. They say they were aiming for a sound that incorporated their early jazz and early blues influences and while these are apparent, they’ve quite clearly moved far beyond that. The combination of Lutes’ songs, his strong vocals and the band arrangements makes this an album to watch for when this year’s ‘best of’ lists come out.''
-Toronto Blues Society - Maple Blues Magazine

''Whether or not veteran blues/roots performer Rob Lutes and jazz vibraphonist Michael Emenau set out to create something totally new is beside the point; they did, it's here in this genre-ignoring group, Sussex.... Lutes, a spry and light-hearted lyricist, keeps the fun going and the pace lively. Emenau, on that most heavenly instrument, pours on a supply of wonderful, surprising notes, a beautiful compliment to Lutes' aching vocals. This is new, I want more.'' Read full review. 
- Bob Mersereau, CBC, Top 100 Blog

''WithSussex, Rob has taken his music to a new level.  The jazz-meets-roots fusion really comes alive on such numbers as “Truth and Lies,” with some nimble, Reinhardt-like guitar lines by Ben; “Superman’s Escape,” a bouncy song with the vibes, guitars, violin, bass and horn all contributing to the toe-tapping groove; and “Sparkle Blues,” a slow, jazz ballad.'' Read full review. 
Mike Regenstreif, Folk Roots/Folk Branches

Contact: 514-515-4413; sussexrootsmusic@gmail.com

 
Parade Day: CD
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‟An absolutely charming mix of blues, jazz and folk.” - Metro Montreal

Featuring a unique mix of instruments on 11 diverse originals and the Randy Newman gem “Dayton, Ohio, 1903,” Parade Day represents a modern day love letter to the early jazz, blues and folk music that were the primary musical influences of band founders Rob Lutes and Michael Emenau.

The six-piece lineup includes Oscar nominated guitarist/composer Ben Charest (Les Triplettes de Belleville), violinist Josh Zubot (Patrick Watson), bassist Sage Reynolds (Jordan Officer, Tomas Hellman), trumpeter Ivanhoe Jolicoeur (les Cowboys Fringantes), noted vibraphonist/percussionist Michael Emenau and myself on vocals and acoustic fingerstyle guitar.

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Sussex

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Sussex’ first album, Parade Day, was recorded in the legendary Studio Frisson in Montreal in Fall 2014 and Winter 2015. Featuring a unique mix of instruments and a group of some of Canada's finest players on 11 diverse new originals and the Randy Newman gem ‟Dayton, Ohio, 1903,” the album forms a modern day love letter to the early jazz, blues and folk music that were the primary influences on band founders Michael Emenau and Rob Lutes.

With Rob Lutes (guitar, vocal), Michael Emenau (vibraphone), Benoit Charest (guitar), Josh Zubot (violin), Sage Reynolds (bass), Ivanhoé Jolicoeur (trumpet).

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  2. 2 Truth and Lies 02:31
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  3. 3 Little Baby 03:53
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  4. 4 Dayton, Ohio - 1903 01:59
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  5. 5 Ginger 03:27 Free
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  6. 6 Dare to Stumble 02:26
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  7. 7 Listen to the Wind 04:10
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  8. 8 Sparkle Blues 02:25
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  9. 9 What is Piano 01:39
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  10. 10 Up on the Wall 05:16 Free
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  11. 11 Superman's Escape 04:06 Free
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  12. 12 Eagle on the Moon 03:27 Free
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