On Our Radar: Jodi Proznick's "Listen" is a beautiful reminder we live in a stunning part of the world

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      Ever stop and think about what a stunning part of the world that we live in, and not just when you’re trying to get that perfect shot for Instagram? There’s something magical about being close to the water with the mountains looming in the distance, whether you’re walking on the shores of Spanish Banks on a windswept summer day, looking up Indian Arm from the beach in Deep Cove, or driving the Sea to Sky highway.

      We’re going to take a flyer and suggest Vancouver jazz veteran Jodi Proznick is more than aware of her home’s inarguable beauty. The video for “Listen”, off the Juno-nominated bassist-composer’s new album Sun Songs, is the kind of clip that makes the rest of the world think it might be time to add the West Coast to their list of 10 places to see before dying.

      As for us locals, it’s a great reminder that there are better things to do on any given Sunday than sitting on the couch eating Pringles and watching Game of Thrones reruns.

      Intercut with stunning shots of pristine beaches and picturesque lookouts is studio footage of Proznick and her backing musicians, including pianist Tilden Webb, drummer Jesse Cahill, saxophonist Steve Kaldestad, and vocalist Laila Biali. Fittingly, Proznick’s bittersweet but beautifully melodic “Listen” makes an uplifting soundtrack for the video’s more super-natural moments. That the song also verges on hypnotically meditative makes sense considering the story behind Sun Songs, Proznick’s first album since 2006’s critically lauded Foundations.

      “With Sun Songs I wanted to share a deeper part of myself with the world,” the bassist writes on her website. “Coming off the wonderful high after releasing Foundations, I found myself swept up by two events that would forever change me—the joyous birth of my son, and my mother’s tragic diagnosis of early onset dementia. This album is a metaphor for those experiences—the sunrise and sunset of life reminding us that each day is a gift.”

      You can catch one of Vancouver’s most highly regarded jazz talents at Frankie’s Jazz Club on Thursday (November 23) for a Sun Songs album release show which will feature Biali on vocals.