Sussex is the brainchild of Michael Emenau and Rob Lutes. The two renowned musicians were childhood friends and high school bandmates in New Brunswick. After graduation, they went their separate ways—Michael to Tokyo, San Francisco and Paris, where he made a name for himself as a world-class jazz percussionist and composer; Lutes to Montreal, where he has recorded six albums and earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest songwriters and roots performers.
Reunited in 2012, the pair began to write together for the first time in 20 years. Encouraged by the results, they decided to make a record. Enlisting the services of some of Montreal’s finest players, including Benoit Charest (guitar), Josh Zubot (violin), Sage Reynolds (bass) and Ivanhoé Jolicoeur (trumpet), they went into the legendary Studio Frisson in Montreal in Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 and recorded Parade Day.
"...a truly great evening...energy, intricacy, texture, nuance, expressiveness, and power, but all with great subtlety. Suffice to say, a great show."
- Thom Meredith, AD, Sainte-Anne Blues Cafe
Featuring a unique mix of instruments on 11 compelling and diverse originals and the Randy Newman gem “Dayton, Ohio, 1903,” the album represents a modern day love letter to the early jazz, blues and folk music that were their primary musical influences.
In a live setting, this new ensemble calls on its diverse talents and extensive experience to spin this mix of genres into an inspiring and surprising musical experience.
released November 12, 2015
1. Hollow Log (Lutes) ‒ 3:56
2. Truth and Lies (Lutes) ‒ 2:31
3. Little Baby (Lutes) ‒ 3:52
4. Superman’s Escape (Emenau/Lutes) ‒ 4:04
5. Dayton, Ohio ‒ 1903 (Randy Newman - ) ‒ 1:59
6. Ginger (Lutes/Emenau/Riedel) ‒ 3:27
7. Eagle on the Moon (Lutes/Riedel) ‒ 3:27
8. Dare to Stumble (Lutes) ‒ 2:25
9. Listen to the Wind (Emenau/Lutes) ‒ 4:04
10. Sparkle Blues (Emenau/Lutes) ‒ 2:25
11. Up on the Wall (Emenau/Lutes) ‒ 5:16
12. What is Piano (Emenau) ‒ 1:39
Produced by Michael Emenau, Rob Lutes and Fred Bouchard
Recorded by Fred Bouchard and Michel Pepin at Studio Frisson, Montreal
Mixed by Fred Bouchard
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal
Design and Photos by James St Laurent
Lyrics available at www.sussexmusic.ca/lyrics
Rob Lutes plays Blueberry Guitars
Front cover painting " La Minerve” by Etienne-Gaspard Robert (1763–1837)
Sussex is :
Rob Lutes Acoustic guitar, vocals
Michael Emenau Vibraphone, percussion, piano
Special guests :
Ben Charest Electric guitar
Ivanhoe Jolicoeur Trumpet, flugelhorn
Sage Reynolds Upright bass
Josh Zubot Violin
Additional percussion on Up on the Wall Fred Bouchard
A very grateful thanks to Ben, Ivan, Sage and Josh who brought their diverse musical talents to these songs; to Fred who understood the direction of the project and was a huge part of realizing the vision; to our friends, families and musical communities for encouragement along the road; and to Kate and Monique for their insight, love and support.