Eloquent Edge

Eloquent Edge

BandJazzJam

Imagine Rush, Weather Report, Uzeb, and The Rippingtons meeting at a Bela Fleck concert, and they all decided to get together for a jam after the show. Eloquent Edge is what that jam might sound like. Unique, yet familiar.

Biography

Eloquent Edge is a jazz/fusion/rock band from Ottawa, Canada featuring Bob Ross on bass, Bruce Corian on guitar and violin, Carol Landry on piano and synths and Pat Ross on drums. Drawing from an eclectic mix of influences including Rush, Weather Report, Pat Metheny, Yes, Return To Forever, The Trans Siberian Orchestra and many more, the band creates a vibrant, cutting-edge sound that is best described as 'unique yet familiar'.

The quartet is known for its impromptu jam sessions, and for their uncanny ability to fashion complete songs on the spot, with no preparation other than a few short words and glances before starting. Instant 4-, or 5-minute compositions made up right there on stage, with minimal cues between them. It's something to be heard.

The band's origins follow a convoluted path that first saw Bob, Bruce and Pat playing the competitive Montreal club circuit during the late 1980's with We're Easy, a popular high-energy rock band featuring vocalist Marco Laposta. From there Bruce went on to a successful career with Montreal goth-metal masters Thunder Rider, but reunited briefly with Bob for his first solo CD in 1994. The three eventually drifted apart, with Bob moving to Ottawa (and Pat following suit some years later). The separation, though lengthy, would prove over the course of time to be temporary.

Meanwhile, 200km away in Ottawa, Carol was being classically trained on alto sax and studying piano, ending up in the Governor General of Canada's Footguards CC Marching Band. On Sundays she could be found leading the children's' choir at her local church, which would soon include Bob and Pat as supporting musicians.

Some time during the fall of 2007, the three began revisiting some of the hymns they played during the choir gig with a view to turn them into more progressive, jazz-influenced pieces. In addition, they began writing new, original material, with an emphasis on composition and musicianship, and covered the occasional jazz standard as well. Eloquent Edge was born.

A friendly visit by Bruce to the trio's studio in the fall of 2008 led to him joining his old friends, and the current lineup was finally in place.

The band's debut CD, 'The November Sessions', is available now online at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and several other music portals. It can also be found on the shelves of CD Warehouse and Compact Music in Ottawa, and at Archambault in Montreal and throughout the Province of Quebec.

Discography

Bruce Corian recorded two albums with Montreal based metal band Thunder Rider (‘Tales of Darkness & Light, Vols I & II’, and toured Europe with the band in support of the CDs.

In 1994, Bruce Corian released his self-titled debut CD as a solo artist, following it up two years later with ‘Third Stage’.

Bob Ross can be heard on bass and backup vocals on Bruce Corian’s debut CD, as well as on the charity CD ‘Angel In My Eyes’, playing bass and singing backup on the track ‘Hero’ with Montreal’s Dr. Sinister.

1981 - Carol Landry became a member of St. Elizabeth Parish Children’s Choir which recorded and released the LP “Joyful Noises”

1985 - Carol Landry joined the Governor General Foot Guards C.C. Band where she received the following musical training;
--Canadian Forces Base Kingston
--Canadian Forces Base Trenton
--Canadian Forces Base Petawawa
--Connaught Range and Primary Training Center

1991 - Carol Landry won the Best Band Person Award - Governor General Foot Guards C.C. Band.

1994 - Pat Ross wrote the drum patterns that can be heard on Bruce Corian's solo CD for the following tracks;
--OH My, My
--Home Again

2007 - After a 10+ year break from the music scene Pat Ross re-emerged to form Eloquent Edge, featuring.
--Bob Ross
--Bruce Corian
--Carol Landry

Set List

The 12 songs found on the CD The November Sessions, plus other original music Eloquent Edge has in it's repertoire.

The standard length of an Eloquent Edge show is between 1-1/2 to 2 hours of music.