"Jazz for the End of the World" (2020)

Sarah LeMieux (featuring Aaron Wyanski, Ethan Foote, and Andy Chatfield)

"Jazz for the End of the World" began as a conversation about ennui and the apocalypse around a bonfire in August 2019. Sarah LeMieux, Ethan Foote, and Aaron Wyanski had all met at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and played together in a variety of strange and delightful configurations.  The next logical step was clearly to make a jazz record that leaned into the apocalyptic underpinnings of the Great American Songbook. So, that's what they did.  Bringing in seasoned drummer Andy Chatfield to round out the group, they recorded nine songs, feeling out the emotionally dissonant roots of cherished American classics like "Darn That Dream," and "These Foolish Things." LeMieux's restrainedly emotional vocals glide atop Wyanski's scathing, glittery piano and Foote's wicked bass. Chatfield's drumming is solid pocket with flights of eerie fantasy. LeMieux's original tune "Goodbye, Paris," accentuates the existential while somehow also channeling Vince Guaraldi at Christmastime. 

Listen to "Goodbye, Paris" - the first single off the record "Jazz for the End of the World" - on Spotify here.

['Jazz for the End of the World']'s dark themes and 'general sense of rising dread and anxiety swirling around in the world' was prophetic.” - Mike Horyczun

— Connecticut Post / The News-Times / Greenwich Time / Stamford Advocate / The Norwalk Hour

The songs on 'Jazz for the End of the World' are alluringly portentous. It's tempestuous music made for uncertain times. During pandemic the jazz clubs are closed, but LeMieux's vocals evoke all the smoke and whiskey of a dark barroom.” - Justin Papp

— Hearst CT Media

I first heard 'Jazz for the End of the World' as my governor was shutting down my state. LeMieux's silky vocals and smoky arrangements put the end of the world on hold for just a bit.” - Mike Zito

— WPKN FM and Radio Rehoboth

From the first breathy notes of LeMieux's beguiling voice, to the last tinkling renumerations of Wyanski's keyboard, 'Jazz for the End of the World' is a delightful retelling of the standards.”

— Seattle Soundworks

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