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Tara Davidson: Duets

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Saxophonist Tara Davidson has continually expanded the size of her band to suit each of her recording projects. Until now, that is. After working with a quartet, a quintet, and a nonet on record, Davidson has gone the other way, trimming things back and releasing a collection of artful duets that pair her with some of her favorite musician friends. Four of Davidson's six duet partners--tenor saxophonist Mike Murley, pianist David Braid, tenor saxophonist Trevor Hogg, and bassist Andrew Downing--have appeared on other Davidson releases. The remaining two--pianist Laila Biali and guitarist David Occhipinti--have developed strong connections ...

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Tara Davidson: Code Breaking

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Code Breaking is actually Tara Davidson's second album, the first simply named the Tara Davidson Quartet (2005). Keyboardist David Braid, whose recent Zhen has gotten rave reviews, appears on both albums. Mike Murley, playing tenor sax only, has been very busy lately, appearing here and on Davidson's drummer Ernesto Cervini's debut album Here, plus Zhen and Mnemosyne's March, also with Braid. Thus, the Canadian circle continues to widen and cross-fertilize. Davidson demonstrates once again a side of the ineffable Canadian jazz presence which is very up, happy and optimistic without being cloying or simplistic. The music is ...



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