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Bob Brough

Bob Brough was hot, hot, hot back in 1982, with the trio Timewarp, on the CD Time Warp when it was given a Juno nomination.

And Bob was hot, hot, hot back in 2003 with Richard Underhill's Quintet on the CD Tales from the Blue Lounge, when Richard’s CD won a Juno-award.

Now, in 2008 Bob is hot, hot, hot following a 3-year-long adventure with the most recent version of The Bob Brough Quartet which has culminated in the release of a new CD, Time Away, celebrated officially at the Rex Jazz and Blues Bar on November 7, 2008.

At the CD-release engagement, Bob Brough on tenor saxophone, Adrean Farrugia on piano, Artie Roth on bass, and Terry Clarke on drums, played two rousing sets comprised of jazz standards and original compositions by Bob or Adrean. Impeccable cohesiveness was the order of the evening as the 4 dynamic musicians moved as one through incredibly speedy and difficult improvised passages. The Quartet ended the evening with an audience calling for more and none the least unaware of the unstoppable nature of the energy in this fiery ensemble; nor of the up-beat determination of Bob Brough.

Born in 1948 in Toronto, at 14 Bob was handed a baritone saxophone, his first musical instrument, in high school. Within days, his artistic vision was born "to make music and be heard."

Bob is "The Senator" of Globe & Mail jazz critic Mark Miller's book Boogie, Pete, and The Senator, published by Nightwood Editions in 1987.

Studies: woodwind performance, harmony, and arranging with Paul Brodie and Gordon Delamont mid to late 1960s. Followed into the mid-seventies by private flute lessons. In 2001, he was invited to a short-term residency in jazz performance at the Banff Centre For the Arts.

Performer: Bob is best known as a tenorman who has appeared over the years with various rock, jazz, and classical artists and has recorded as a sideman on many recordings including two Juno-nominated CDs with Time Warp during the 1980's. More recently recorded examples of particular note are his solo and ensemble performances on tenor saxophone on Richard Underhill's 2003 Juno-award winning CD Tales from the Blue Lounge.

Composer/Arranger/Bandleader/Producer: November 2003, Bob produced and released his debut instrumental CD A Decade Of Favorites. Its best charting achievement was at #1 on the National Canadian campus jazz charts "ChartAttack" and "Earshot." May 2005, he released a vocal CD Like A Spring Day featuring nine of his own compositions with lyrics written by Sonja Tran and sung by Carol McCartney. Best charting achievement was #1 on the National Canadian campus jazz charts "ChartAttack" and "Earshot." November 2008, will see the release of another instrumental CD Time Away featuring seven of his compositions plus one composition by Adrean Farrugia. All performed with sidemen Adrean Farrugia on piano, Artie Roth on bass, and Terry Clarke on drums.

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Album Review

Bob Brough: Like A Spring Day

Read "Like A Spring Day" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Surely saxophonist/composer Bob Brough must be one of the best jazzmen in Toronto. His second album, Like A Spring Day offers the opportunity to showcase the talents of singer Carol McCartney. Brough collaborated with lyricist Sonja Tran on all but two of the eleven compositions.

Last year at this time, I reviewed Bob Brough's debut recording, A Decade of Favorites and although he had appeared on over twenty recordings, this was his first album. The songs written for ...

Album Review

Bob Brough: A Decade of Favorites

Read "A Decade of Favorites" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Bob Brough, a veteran Toronto saxophonist, has produced his first solo album after appearing on 20 recording dates. With the exception of John Lewis' “Afternoon in Paris," he provides nine original compositions documented by three separate groups recorded in 2001 and 2003.

I can say this about Brough's playing: I did not tire at all listening to him blowing for 74 minutes. To these untrained ears, the nine tracks sound like modal compositions, and if you were comfortable ...

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Download Three Free MP3s from Bob Brough

Download Three Free MP3s from Bob Brough

Source: All About Jazz

Download three free MP3s from tenor saxophonist Bob Brough's latest release Time Away, as well as two downloads from previous releases A Decade Of Favorites and Like A Spring Day.


Traneian Blue The Bob Brough Quartet Time Away 7:29 Lullabye The Bob Brough Quartet A Decade Of Favorites 7:17 Daisy The Bob Brough Quartet with Carol McCartney Like A Spring Day ...


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Toronto-Based Saxophonist Bob Brough Releases New CD "Time Away"

Toronto-Based Saxophonist Bob Brough Releases New CD "Time Away"

Source: All About Jazz

Time Away is a collection of original tunes recorded by an instrumental, classic, jazz quartet. All musicians are among Canada's cream of jazz--Bob Brough on tenor saxophone, Adrean Farrugia on piano, Artie Roth on bass, and the world renowned Terry Clarke on drums. Time Away was recorded at one of the finest recording studios in the world, CBC Studio 211, which boasts of a fine grand piano once played by the celebrated pianist Glenn Gould. Time Away has been referred ...

"Brough’s sax kicks in and the bass/drum rhythm section catches on fire culminating in Terry Clarke’s kick-ass drum solo ...to enjoy some jazz, you can’t go wrong with The Bob Brough Quartet’s CD, Time Away." Jim Dupuis earshot Oct 21'08

"Like A Spring Day offers the opportunity to showcase the talents of singer Carol McCartney. Bob Brough impressed us last year on his debut CD and, likewise, as an accompanist he proves equally adept. We get to hear him solo on every track and also provide gorgeous obbligatos behind McCartney in a manner that you'd associate with Stan Getz or Scott Hamilton." --Michael P. Gladstone, All About Jazz

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Traneian Blue

From: Time Away
By Bob Brough


From: A Decade of Favorites
By Bob Brough


From: Like A Spring Day
By Bob Brough


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