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The Stacie McGregor Quintet: Straight Up

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Stacie McGregor comes bopping back again with Straight Up. She released this album independently last year, but over the months it garnered enough interest for her to go in and re-record some tracks, have some remastered and even add a new tune. The album had been added to playlists in Germany, Australia, Hungary, Poland and Spain, and with the new sound, and the fresher approach, there should be renewed interest in McGregor and her music.

The new track, “Horacin' Around," does not require an intuitive mind to know in whose direction the acknowledgment flows. This one has a ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Stacie McGregor Quintet: Straight Up

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Stacie McGregor has been part of the music scene in Toronto in several capacities since the 1980s. This is her first jazz recording as leader on which the band plays her own original material. She recruits some good musicians to assist her, a perfect cast for mainstream jazz. And McGregor keeps her excursions short: the longest it takes for her and her band to make a statement is just under six minutes.

Most of McGregor’s tunes come off well. She has some good ideas and when they sink into a composition the music reverberates strongly. A visit to ...



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