David
Kaufman

Second
Promise

His First CD
 

DAVID KAUFMAN is a 70 year old Toronto photographer and filmmaker. In the late 1960s, for a period of about five years, he had a brief career as a singer-songwriter in his home city of Montreal. Kaufman was part of the musical milieu that nurtured performers like the McGarrigles, Jesse Winchester, and Ronney Abramson. This is his first CD, an album of songs written mostly fifty years ago, produced by Toronto guitarist and singer, Jason Fowler, and featuring some of Canada’s finest session musicians, with vocal assist from some of Toronto’s best‑known folk singers.

DAVID KAUFMAN is a 70 year old Toronto photographer and filmmaker. In the late 1960s, for a period of about five years, he had a brief career as a singer-songwriter in his home city of Montreal. Kaufman was part of the musical milieu that nurtured performers like the McGarrigles, Jesse Winchester, and Ronney Abramson. This is his first CD, an album of songs written mostly fifty years ago, produced by Toronto guitarist and singer, Jason Fowler, and featuring some of Canada’s finest session musicians, with vocal assist from some of Toronto’s best‑known folk singers.

 

A GIFT TO MY YOUNGER SELF

In the formative period of my late teens and early twenties, my singular ambition was to have a successful career as a folk singer and songwriter.

I came of age in the 1960s in Montreal, the only child of Jewish immigrant parents. During my late high school years I was completely immersed in the music of the folk revival and through consistent practice became a fairly proficient guitar player and capable enough singer. While at university, I began to write songs and gained acceptance as a performer in Montreal’s nurturing folk music community. My hope was to achieve significant public recognition for my work even if I had to support myself with a day job.

My ambition met hard reality when I moved to Toronto in the early 1970s. I had little success as a solo performer and found it difficult to write new songs. Still intent on making a living in the arts, in the following years I developed a career in documentary film and television, both at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and as an independent filmmaker. More recently I have dedicated myself to fine art photography, specializing in architectural imagery. Yet through all these years I have continued to feel the pull of my unfulfilled short career in music.

Approaching my seventieth birthday, I decided to give myself a gift that I never had when I was a young performer, a well-recorded album of my songs. Thanks to Jason Fowler, a prominent Toronto guitarist, singer-songwriter, and music producer, I have been able to realize my long-held desire to make a permanent record of works written mostly during that intense early creative period of my life. Whether these songs gain a small audience or a large one is immaterial. They will at least now exist in a form readily available to family and friends and anyone else curious enough to listen. That is satisfaction enough for an older me.

David Kaufman, March 2018

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Album Credits

All songs written by DAVID KAUFMAN except 3 and 12 written by DAVID KAUFMAN & NATAN WALDEN

Produced by JASON FOWLER

Recorded and engineered by JEREMY DARBY and JULIAN DECORTE at Canterbury Music Company, Toronto, in January, March and April 2018

Mixed by JOHN “BEETLE” BAILEY at the Drive Shed Studio

Mastered by PETER LETROS at Wreckhouse Mastering 

Musicians

DAVID KAUFMAN   Lead vocals and harmonica

JASON FOWLER   Guitars

MAURY LAFOY   Electric and standup bass

GEORGE KOLLER   Standup and Hofner electric bass

ROBBIE GRUNWALD   Piano, accordion, organ, and Wurlitzer

MARK LALAMA   Piano, accordion, and organ

DREW JURECKA   Violin and clarinet

DAVIDE DIRENZO   Drums

BURKE CARROLL   Pedal steel guitar

CHRIS QUINN   Banjo

MEG CONTINI, JILL HARRIS, SUZIE UNGERLEIDER, AVIVA CHERNICK   Vocals


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