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While Metalwood has just begun to receive attention stateside on the strength of The Recline, its hard-hitting Telarc debut which features special guests John Scofield, Mino Cinelu and DJ Logic, the quartet is hardly an overnight sensation. The members of this Canadian groove-jazz group have been at it steadily for six years, touring the provinces in a van like the Great White North’s answer to Medeski, Martin & Wood. Metalwood has already garnered two Juno awards (a Canadian version of the Grammys), and yet to those of us below the border, the band is a relative newcomer.

“We have a really strong following up in Canada,” says Chris Tarry, Metalwood’s fretless electric bassist who, like trumpeter/keyboardist Brad Turner, is based in Vancouver. (Rounding out the quartet is drummer Ian Froman, who resides in New York, and saxophonist Mike Murley, who lives in Toronto.) “We put out four albums of our own before we caught the ear of Verve/Canada, who eventually signed us. The Recline actually came out in Canada about a year ago and was only recently licensed in the States by Telarc. So now when people in the States see us playing material from that CD, they’re hearing tunes that have really developed a long way because we toured in Canada like crazy to support that record.”

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