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Albums Of The Week: Mike Boguski | Here’s To Tomorrow / Goodbye To Yesterday

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “For the past several years, Blue Rodeo keyboardist Mike Boguski has been exploring a range of sonic avenues with some of Toronto’s finest musicians and producers. The results of the majority of these sessions have been released as digital singles, and Boguski has now compiled these tracks into a six-song album entitled Here’s To Tomorrow / Goodbye To Yesterday.

The album’s first three tracks, engineered by Tim Vesely (Rheostatics) and mixed by the legendary Terry Brown (Rush), include newly recorded versions of Here’s To Tomorrow and December, along with the new Goodbye To Yesterday, all showing off the skills of some Canadian jazz heavyweights: Andy Ballantyne, Lorne Lofsky, Mike Downes and Ethan Ardelli.

The “Side B” instrumental pieces were recorded by Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies — who also contributes guitar — with Message From Mars mixed by the late great Peter J. Moore. These songs also feature Boguski’s Blue Rodeo cohorts Bazil Donovan and Glenn Milchem, who display their dynamic range in creating a sound that blends modern jazz with experimental funk and electronica, all grounded in Boguski’s compositional brilliance. The contrast between the unique groups of musicians is highlighted in two distinct versions of the song December.

Here’s To Tomorrow / Goodbye To Yesterday definitively presents Boguski as a musician always striving to push boundaries while never forgetting the beauty he has contributed to the work of other artists.”