JazzTimes is honored to premiere “Uno a la Vez,” a new video by Canada’s Doxas Brothers for a track on their upcoming album The Circle, to be released by Justin Time Records on Friday, Oct. 23. Joining drummer Jim Doxas and saxophonist Chet Doxas on both the video and the album as a whole are pianist Marc Copland and bassist Adrian Vedady.
Although The Circle is the Doxas Brothers’ first album, it’s obviously not the first time that Jim and Chet have collaborated; they’ve been making music together since their infancy in Montreal. (It helped to grow up in a musical household.) Besides each other, they’ve worked with Carla Bley, Oliver Jones, Dave Douglas, John Abercrombie, Steve Swallow, Joe Lovano, and many more. Chet’s own album Rich in Symbols—featuring Douglas and guitarist Matthew Stevens, among others—was nominated for a Juno Award in 2018. Jim has played with Copland and Vedady as a trio for several years; adding his brother to the lineup was a logical next step.
Regarding “Uno a la Vez” in particular, its author, Chet Doxas, says this: “I had the image in mind of people lighting candles off one another—one by one. The pauses in the melody represent the time that it takes to share this light. The concept of sharing light also represents a change in our collective consciousness … a hopeful change towards acceptance and peace.”
For more information on the Doxas Brothers, visit their website.