1. Tree Talk

From the recording Tree Talk

Kerilie McDowall Sextet & The Ghost Band

Tree Talk
(copyright ©1998 Kerilie McDowall and Sextet w./Special Guests. All rights reserved.)
Kerilie McDowall Sextet & Special Guests 1998

Produced by Rick Kilburn

Where the rainforest trees hint at ideas within the breeze of the wisdom of the ancient northerly winds. Where imagination takes hold and inner self-discovery and connection. A communal yet solitary path; Tree Talk.

​A pop-jazz track featuring the work of Lisa Sazama and Jimy and Elisha Sidlar on vocals and hand drums joined by another special guest on keys, the incredibly gifted and brilliant late Glenna Powrie who left us too soon. The quintet features the personnel, Kerilie McDowall guitar, John Korsrud trumpet, Graham Ord saxophone, Paul Blaney bass and Stan Taylor drums. The track , 'Tree Talk' with written sections by McDowall features improvised melody by the vocalists and sexet in sections.

This track was recorded after a special prayer ceremony had been conducted by the vocalists and hand drummers. I admire the entire ensemble's moving performance and these vocalists and musicians that I was honoured to work with sound beautiful documenting a very special studio moment and time period in Vancouver.

Since the recording of this track in 1998, vocalist Lisa Sazama has passed away from a battle with cancer. Lisa sounds beautiful on this track. We have also lost Jimy Sidlar at a young age. This recording shows Lisa Sazama improvising freely with Elisha and Jimy and the band and was truly a powerful moment.

To the band, families and special guests and to Rick Kilburn -sending much love and thanks to you all for this special session and later release and much gratitude to you all for your amazing work and unstoppable creative energy.