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Bassist and composers Sage Reynolds is highly active on the Montréal music scene performing and writing in a variety of musical styles and contexts. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, he moved to Montréal in the mid-nineties to pursue his studies and make a life for himself as a professional musician.
Sage has performed and recorded with many different musicians and groups, as a double-bassist, electric bassist, vocalist, and/or guitarist, such as: Sage Reynolds - The Long Drift, Sage Reynolds Quartet, Life in Winter, Courtney Wing, Matt Lipscombe, Julian Brown, Jade McNelis, Stars, Land of Talk, Sarah Neufeld, Amon Tobin, Ismail Fencioglu, Shtreiml, Kaba Horo, Sean Craig Quintet, Gabriel Lambert Trio, André Leroux, François Bourassa, Guy Bélanger, Rick Hayworth, Rita Chiarelli, Harry Manx, Bella Fleck, and Andrea Revel. Other musical activities include regular freelance gigging, the instruction of private students, jazz combo coaching at The McGill Conservatory of Music, jazz bass instruction at Concordia University, and studio session work (with performance and composition on Sean Craig Quintet- Under Glass (Ora Records), performance on Amon Tobin- Foley Room (Ninja Tune), and performance and arranging on Stars- "Your Ex-Lover is Dead" Single (Arts & Crafts), among others, see "Discography" for more info).
In March of 2007 Sage founded an indie rock band called Life in Winter in which he is the primary songwriter, as well as lead vocalist and bassist. Life in Winter has played shows in Montréal and has started recording their material, having done sessions with Vid Cousins (Amon Tobin, Moondata) and George Massenburg (Beck, Toto, Frank Sinatra, Journey.)
Sage was awarded the "Prix Étoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada" at the 2005 Montréal International Jazz Festival for his compositions "Saturday Afternoon" and "On the Wall". In October 2005 his quartet opened for John Scofield at the famous Spectrum. Sage Reynolds Quartet played a second and third concert at the MIJF in 2006 & 2008 and performed for the first time at both the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and l'OFF Festival de Jazz de Montréal in June of 2007. "On the Wall", Sage's first full length CD as a composer/band-leader/producer, was released in September of 2006 on Effendi Records (Montréal, FND067.)
In addition to his work in the Province of Québec, Sage has performed elsewhere within Canada's borders, including concerts and festival appearances in Toronto (including NXNE), Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Red Rock (Live from the Rock Folk Festival), Owen Sound (Summerfolk Music Festival), Winnipeg (Folk Fest) and Vancouver (Vancouver International Jazz Festival). He has performed internationally in locations such as Alaska, Central America, South East Asia, New York, NY, Merida, Mexico (at the 2005 Merida Jazz Festival Internacional), and Austin, Texas at the 2006 Folk Alliance Conference.
The bulk of Sage's musical training occurred while completing his Bachelor of Music Degree, Majoring in Jazz Performance, at McGill University (2000). Other training has included several years of private study (w/ Jordan O'Connor, Michel Donato, Alec Walkington, John Hebert, and others) as well as participation in numerous masterclasses and seminars, including bass masterclasses with Mark Dresser, Drew Gress, & Larry Grenadier, and participation in The International Jazz Workshop at The Banff Centre for the Arts (1999), where he played and studied with Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, and Kenny Werner.
Sevens Project (Dare to Care) 2010
Courtney Wing - Bouquet of Might and Fury (Proxenett) 2010
Vlada Tomova - Balkan Tales (Kuker Music) 2009
Michel Berthiaume - Departure (XXI) 2009
Vincent Stephen-Ong/Tom Eliosoff - Winding Path (Bagarap Records) 2008
Amon Tobin - Foley Room (Ninja Tune) 2007
Bruce Hansen - Controlled Burn (Bruce Hansen Music) 2006
Sage Reynolds - On the Wall (Effendi, Montréal, FND067.) 2006
Lenya B. - Clues and Lies (independent) 2006
Sage Reynolds - Clear Sight EP (independent) 2006
Moondata Satellite - LABprojects '03-'05 (Moondata Prod.) 2005
Stars - "Your Ex-Lover is Dead" Single (Arts and Crafts) 2005
Naëco - Les 5 Saisons (independent) 2005
Robin Ranger Quartet - On the Shortest Day of the Year (independent) 2003
Sean Craig Quintet - Under Glass (ORA) 2003
On the Wall **** - Sage Reynolds (Effendi)
The first CD from Montreal bassist Sage Reynolds is better than most debuts have a right to be.
It's nine varied compositions distinctively blend accessible melodies and grooves with jazz sophistication. Reynolds' quartet bandmates - trumpeter Bill Mahar, guitarist Kenny Bibace and splashy, dramatic Ottawa-raised drummer Stef Schneider - are all their own men, eloquent, lyrical and powerful as needed. The horn-guitar combination floats pleasingly over the heavier groove of Reynolds and Schneider, and together, the four musicians display a real sense of purpose.
The Sage Reynolds Quartet plays June 29 at 6:30pm in Confederation Park.
- Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen, June 2007
Sage Reynolds, who last year won the Étoiles Galaxie award and, this year, is nominated for the Grand Prix du Jazz General Motors award, is not the furious type. His universe is made of subtle mixtures of colours, screened interactions and very beautiful melodies. Welcoming and accessible jazz. Every ingredient leading to popularity is there. As for me, I have a liking for his song Meat Cove, where the trumpet has kind of an oriental twist.
- Alexandre Vigneault, La Presse (Montréal), July 2nd , 2006 (translated from French)
"...great bass-playing.....beautiful tone and ideas!"
"...(I) really enjoyed your writing and, especially, your bass-playing..."
- Drew Gress, bassist/composer, re: Sage Reynolds- On the Wall, May 17th, 2006
This is the fourth year that the all-music network of Radio-Canada - Galaxie - has been associated with the Grand Prix de Jazz de General Motors. This year's Prix Étoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada is going to Sage Reynolds composer of the pieces "On the Wall" and "Saturday Afternoon," considered by the jury to be the best compositions presented in this year's contest. The prize includes $5000, plus the visibility Galaxie can offer through its cross-Canada all music network, as well as in its magazine which is distributed to thousands of readers. Supporting rising stars like Sage Reynolds is among Galaxie's top priorities.