New Music from Daniel Loomis, Mark Segger, and Theo Hill

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Three featured new releases this time

The new one from bassist/composer, Daniel Loomis is an evocative musical dive into an ancient, universal story exploring why bad things happen to good people, through a modern retelling of the Old Testament story of Job. Loomis brings his unique compositional voice and signature soulful bass-playing to a new jazz song cycle form developed to bring this story alive. The fullness of the album examines the most perplexing and powerful themes from the story: the ephemeral value of a virtuous life, the injustice of suffering, and the righteousness of rebellion.

The second recording by Mark Segger. Founded in 2008, Segger's group features a top shelf selection of Toronto's most accomplished improvisors. Much of the music was written in the two weeks leading up to the recording session, after a tour playing improvised music in Europe. Segger's music reflects a wide range of creative interests, from the swing of Mel Lewis and his jazz orchestra to the genre expanding string quartet writing by composers like Bartok and Ligeti, 1960's British Free Improvisation scene, and, Berlin's Echtzeitmusik tradition.

Talented keyboardist Theo Hill returns with his third release on Posi-Tone Records. Spreading his talents across the piano, Rhodes and synthesizers Hill presents listeners with a stunning program of brilliant next level compositions and interpretations which arrive as a seamless aggregate amalgamated by some of the finest young musicians of the scene today.


  • Daniel Loomis "Abundance Overture" from Job's Trials (Dan Loomis/Bandcamp) 00:00
  • Mark Segger Sextet "For the Bees" from Lift Off (Self Released) 04:35
  • Dave Douglas Joe Lovano Soundprints "That-A-Way Piscataway" from Scandal (Greenleaf) 09:38
  • Theo Hill "Swell" from Reality Check (Posi-tone) 16:08
  • Akira Sakata, Christos Yermenoglou, Giovanni di Domenico, Giotis Damianidis "Track 1" from Horyu-Ji (El Negocito) 20:41
  • Daniel Loomis "Do Not Cover My Blood" from Job's Trials (Self Released) 29:54
  • Mark Segger Sextet "Slow Motion" from Lift Off (Self Released) 37:16
  • Dave Douglas Joe Lovano Soundprints "Newark Flash" from Scandal (Greenleaf) 39:14
  • Theo Hill "Mantra" from Reality Check (Posi-tone) 44:36
  • Tineke Postma "Freya" from Freya (Edition Records) 51:54
  • Daniel Loomis "Words without Knowledge" from Job's Trials (Self Released) 1:00:00
  • Mark Segger Sextet "Bass line" from Lift Off (Self Released) 1:04:38
  • Dave Douglas Joe Lovano Soundprints "Mission Creep" from Scandal (Greenleaf) 1:09:38
  • Theo Hill "Pressing the Issue" from Reality Check (Posi-tone) 1:16:48
  • Cement Shoes "Opus Incertum" from Opus Caementicium (Gaffer Records) 01:23:28
  • Dopolarians "C Melody" from Garden Party (Mahakala Music) 1:34:45
  • Phil Slater "Mnemosyne" from The Dark Pattern (Earshift Records) 1:44:35
  • Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey "Iron Spider" from Paradoxical Frog (Clean Feed) 1:54:51
  • Satoko Fujii "Obsius" from Stone (Libra) 1:59:04

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