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Artie Roth: Discern

Read "Discern" reviewed by Budd Kopman

It has been quite a while since we have heard from bassist Artie Roth, as almost ten years have elapsed since Parallels. 2013 saw the current quartet on Currently Experiencing, clips of which can be found here. Discern, this quartet's latest offering is a dark, moody and powerful set of compositions brought to life by Roth and band members reedman Mike Filice, guitarist Geoff Young and drummer Anthony Michelli. The quartet plays as a single unit, creating a ...

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Artie Roth: Parallels

Read "Parallels" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Parallels, a collection of original compositions by bassist/leader/arranger Artie Roth, is another entry from the sizzling Canadian jazz scene. The quintet's front line of John MacLeod (flugelhorn) and Kelly Jefferson (tenor and soprano saxophones) receives support from the seemingly ubiquitous David Braid (piano), familiar from Set In Stone, Vivid, Beginnings and William Carn's Other Stories. Musicians who get to know one another tend to play with each other--MacLeod is in Braid's band, Jefferson is on Carn's record, and both end ...


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