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Bernie Senensky: Moment to Moment

Read "Moment to Moment" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Canadian pianist Bernie Senensky's latest album, Moment to Moment, encompasses two quartet sessions recorded almost twenty years apart: the first in 2001, the second (live) in 2020. While the rhythm sections differ on each, the one constant (aside from Senensky) is the acclaimed tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander. If you are planning to have only one constant, Alexander is by any measure a superlative choice. Alexander, whose solos are models of creativity and eloquence, seems to light a ...

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Bernie Senensky: Moment to Moment

Read "Moment to Moment" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Bernie Senensky is a nuanced and adaptable pianist. Throughout his career he has shown an unparalleled improvisational approach to the material he chooses that crosses borders and generations. In this current release, entitled Moment to Moment, the music comes from two performance opportunities, from 2001 and 2020, and is anchored simultaneously historically and from the future. Joining Senensky in this back-to-the-future encounter are tenor saxophonist {[Eric Alexander}}, bassists Kieran Overs and Dave Young, as well as drummers Joe Farnsworth and ...

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Joe Coughlin: Dedicated To You

Read "Dedicated To You" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Joe Coughlin has been on the Canadian jazz scene since the late 1970s, when he began his performing and recording career in Toronto. . In 1995, he relocated to Vancouver BC where he continues to record and perform. Over the course of his career he has garnered many accolades and on two occasions was given the National Jazz Award Jazz Vocalist of the Year. This session in many way brings Coughlin full circle as he is ...

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The Cookers Quintet: The Path

Read "The Path" reviewed by Paul Beard

The Path is the fourth record to be released by Canadian group The Cookers Quintet and is a collection of eight originals, recorded at the Warehouse, Vancouver, that were first played to live audiences on a West Canadian tour in the fall of 2021, and then put down in the studio. The album continues the legacy of the hard bop era that dominated the jazz scene in the 1950s and 1960s and is brought to life by tenor ...

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Bernie Senensky Quartet/Quintet: Don't Look Back

Read "Don't Look Back" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

"Don't look back, something may be gaining on you." So said Satchel Paige, former MLB pitcher and social sage. Pianist Bernie Senensky probably did not have that quotation in mind when choosing Don't Look Back as the title of his album. He may have been more wistful as he checked the date of the recording (December 1989) and that all the participants were still here, including that marvel of longevity, trumpeter Sam Noto, who in January 2022 is 92 years ...


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