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Brandi Disterheft: Blue Canvas

Read "Blue Canvas" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A canvas is often viewed as a neutral starting point, but it needn't be so. Even a so-called “blank" space can be suffused with certain color(s) before brushstrokes are ever applied, as Brandi Disterheft reminds us. Her fourth album is a trio date painted atop, around, over, and with the color blue. It's a work that uses various shades and hues of the titular color to form a connective design, or if you prefer, a loose theme, built with confident ...

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Brandi Disterheft: Gratitude

Read "Gratitude" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Canada has had its fair share of fine female jazz exports over the past few decades: piano-vocal crossover star Diana Krall; trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and her equally fabulous saxophone playing sister, Christine Jensen; and pianist Renee Rosnes have all made their mark below the 49th parallel. With the release of Gratitude, bassist Brandi Disterheft is poised to join their ranks. The Vancouver-born bassist first garnered attention in Canada with her Juno Award-winning Debut (Superfran, 2007) and its ...

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Brandi Disterheft: Second Side

Read "Second Side" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The leap forward from Debut (Superfran Records, 2007) to Second Side is, quite literally, a significant one for Canadian-born bassist, Brandi Disterheft. Now enjoying herself immensely, the bassist appears to greet her emerging music with infinite self-assurance and unabashed style. Claiming spiritual (and therefore musical) ancestry from Charles Mingus, Disterheft plays with a rare muscularity, thrusting her bass into the spotlight and leading from the front. As a composer, she explores a myriad of metaphors and idioms as she documents ...

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Brandi Disterheft: Debut

Read "Brandi Disterheft: Debut" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Brandi Disterheft Debut Superfran Records 2007

While the rest of the world was talking about Esperanza Spaulding another bassist has been busy making a quiet noise, in a voice all her own. Brandi Disterheft's mature bass playing--both pizzicato and arco--and her ability to write original material and arrange with a natural ear for the tones and textures of strings, brass and woodwinds speak volumes of lessons learned from--at least spiritually--the legendary Charles ...

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Brandi Disterheft: Debut

Read "Debut" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Bassist Brandi Disterheft says that she was inspired by singer Björk to call her first recording Debut. The debt to Björk acknowledged, Disterheft comes into her own and shows why she has been creating a stir.

A native of Vancouver who began playing in her mother's band, Disterheft has come a long way. She has led her own band from the time she was nineteen, has played with top-notch Canadian musicians including saxophonists Mike Murley and Richard Underhill, and has ...


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