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Album Review

Mike Murley: Taking Flight

Read "Taking Flight" reviewed by Don Phipps


Mike Murley's Taking Flight is a candlelight romance of well-chosen covers and two original compositions. At times, Murley's sax sound is slightly reminiscent of Ben Webster while, when he plays ballads, one can hear echoes of John Coltrane. In short, his sound is sweet and warm. Combining this sound with the elegant contributions of his bandmates gives the album a sophisticated appeal, like sipping a cosmopolitan in black tie at a glass bar. Eschewing a drummer, Murley's ensemble ...

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The Mike Murley Quintet: Extra Time

Read "Extra Time" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


The Mike Murley Quintet has been together for over ten years, and this is its fourth release as a group. Murley leads some of the finest musicians anywhere, and they are all Canadian. Their music is outstanding too, which makes any release worth salivating for. It is a moot point to say that each outing finds them in a more compact groove, but the ease with which they understand each other helps create an atmosphere where they can pick the ...

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Mike Murley/Ed Bickert/Steve Wallace: Live at the Senator

Read "Live at the Senator" reviewed by Dave Nathan


This trio of excellent Canadian musicians have been performing together for the last couple of years and are captured in a live performance from the Top of the Senator, one of Toronto's jazz venues. This session features standards plus a couple of Mike Murley originals. Murley's sax, which is out in front on most tunes, is definitely from the Lester Young school with a Stan Getz tone. With his handling of such tunes as “I Should Care" it's obvious that ...

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Various Artists: The Power of Beauty: A Tribute to Stan Getz

Read "The Power of Beauty: A Tribute to Stan Getz" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For the third in its ongoing “tribute" series (the first two honored Oscar Peterson and Wes Montgomery), Radioland Records engaged the services of half a dozen of Canada's finest tenor saxophonists and asked each of them to compose a tune to articulate his impression of the late Stan Getz's virtuosity and to record a second piece that exemplifies Stan's stylistic diversity and range. The Power of Beauty is a natural title for such an endeavor, as Getz was ...


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