OLG First Plays - Countermeasure

Track: Pick It Up (featuring Randy Brecker)
Learn more: countermeasuremusic.com

About the track
From Countermeasure's new "Guest Sessions" album, this track illustrates the collaboration between the 13 Countermeasure singers and Grammy award-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker, who has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. Randy has recorded with luminaries including George Benson, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, and his own group, Brecker Brothers. This original Aaron Jensen composition, "Pick It Up", embraces the intersection of innovative vocal jazz with a top instrumental improvisor.

About the artist
Countermeasure features 13 of Canada’s top vocal talents, performing innovative arrangements of pop favourites, classic jazz standards, and original songs. Their diverse songbook has equipped the group to headline international choral concerts, play the main stage at jazz festivals and entice club-goers onto the dance floor. Incorporating innovative live looping, instrument imitation, and vocal percussion, Countermeasure enthralls audiences worldwide with their dramatically choreographed shows and flawless harmonies

Since forming in 2010, Countermeasure has earned standing ovations and critical acclaim across Canada, the U.S., Italy, Scotland and Japan. Led by award-winning composer/producer Aaron Jensen, the group has recorded with GRAMMY and JUNO award-winning artists including Randy Brecker, Natalie MacMaster, Ron Sexsmith, Alan Doyle, Evelyn Glennie, and The Barenaked Ladies; and has performed alongside the likes of Corey Hart, Alan Frew, The Swingle Singers, and Naturally 7. The group has won multiple awards from The Contemporary A Cappella Society of America, including Best CAL Album, Best Video, and Best Original Song and is currently nominated for three international CASA video awards.

When they’re not jumping onto countertops for flashmobs, or providing the live soundtrack to National Film Board shorts, Countermeasure can be seen at high-profile jazz festivals, concert series, and galas, as well as on CBC Radio and TV, Global Television, Rogers Television, City TV, and CP24. They are a founding artist of SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, Canada’s premier a cappella festival.


The OLG First Plays at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival seeks to showcase music by Ontario-based artists, regardless of age or career stage, who have not previously performed as a leader on an official TD Toronto Jazz Festival stage. Whether you're playing jazz, blues, funk, soul, R&B, hip-hop or more, we want to hear what's making you proud! For more information and the online submission form, click here.