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Album Review

The Composers Collective Big Band: The Toronto Project

Read "The Toronto Project" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The term Composers Collective is quite often a thinly veiled phrase that signifies “experimental" or “avant-garde" jazz. Thankfully, that is far from true on the Composers Collective Big Band's irrepressible The Toronto Project, which carries the listener on a buoyant and colorful musical journey through Canada's largest city, capital of the province of Ontario and home to a number of superb jazz musicians. True, there are some moments when the Collective veers from conservative to exploratory, but ...

Album Review

John Macleod: The Toronto Sound

Read "The Toronto Sound" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Yes, this is Canada's John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra. And yes, this is the ensemble's third CD, The Toronto Sound. But close your eyes and listen carefully and it modulates into no less than an earnest albeit clandestine homage to Rob McConnell and the peerless Boss Brass. Is that a good thing? Beyond any doubt, the answer is a resounding yes. What's more, the RHO has taken the baton from a master and raised the bar even higher. ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The Toronto Project

Self Produced


If We Never Meet...

Self Produced


The Toronto Sound

Self Produced


West Toronto Ode

From: The Toronto Project
By John Macleod

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