Run Neil Run

by Sisters Euclid

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Gary Taylor really suggested we do this. I thought a Henry Mancini tribute was a better idea but Gary trumped me with the, 'he's Canadian' card. (btw...this disc won us a Juno...maybe Gary knew something)
Here are Gary's liner notes:

Neil Young may not have been most musicians first choice for an "instrumental" album tribute, but the Sisters Euclid is a group that thrives on taking the road less-travelled. Sure, we could have done funked-up versions of pieces by Henry Mancini or Theolonius Monk, but we all grew up listening to "pop music" and it seemed like it would be more challenging to do instrumental arrangements of pieces by an artist that nobody would think of doing. Neil Young writes damn good songs! They have beautiful melodies and sound harmonic structures that we felt carried the tunes just fine, even without his incredible lyrics. Neil's words are, of course, the central point of his songs and we tried our best to imply them in the arrangements. "Southern Man" and "Ohio" are probably the most obvious examples of this. These are very powerful, political songs about very serious subjects and we put our hearts and souls into their delivery. There was a ghostly, teary-eyed silence in the studio after the last notes of "Southern Man" died away. Even though it was the first take, we all knew right away it was the only one we had to do. Kevin just put his guitar down and said, "Well, that's that!" The mansions were all on fire and the slaves were running free. Neil's ballads are just plain beautiful and a pleasure to play. We're not the first ones to cover "Harvest Moon" and we won't be the last. Neil has romantic ballad writing covered here. This recording was a lot of fun to make and we hope Mr. Young gets to hear it and we hope he isn't too pissed-off that his words aren't there. We have nothing but total admiration for him as a songwriter and a storyteller. This recording is respectfully dedicated to the Artist, Neil Young.

credits

released June 21, 2006

Kevin Breit: guitar
Ian DeSouza: bass
Rob Gusevs: organ
Gary Taylor: drums

Produced by Sisters Euclid
Recorded at Alien Style Studio, Bremen, Germany
by Rolf Kirschbaum, November 8-10th 2004
Mixed and mastered by Rolf Kirschbaum

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Sisters Euclid Toronto, Ontario

The Sisters Euclid are an all male, quartet, formed in 1996 in Toronto. The members are, Kevin Breit, Ian DeSouza, Gary Taylor and Mark Lalama.
They have recorded and toured throughout the world and have won several awards, including a Juno award for Best Instrumental Recording in 2007 and a Best Electric Jazz Award. They have recorded 10 discs and one DVD.
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