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Phil Nimmons and David Braid: Beginnings

Read "Beginnings" reviewed by Budd Kopman

David Braid has been making a lot of waves with releases like Set In Stone, which paid homage to the almost mythical Canadian jazz musician Fred Stone. For Beginnings, Braid teams up with Phil Nimmons, who actually played with Stone. Despite the fact that Nimmons is over fifty years older than Braid, he continues to look for new challenges, saying, “I still love it. It's like this duo I have with pianist David Braid. We never rehearse; it just happens. ...

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Nimmons'n'Braid: Beginnings

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Phil Nimmons and David Braid are nearly 53 years apart in age, but by finding common ground on Beginnings, they prove that age doesn't necessarily determine one's personal voice or artistic viability. Braid, a thirty year-old pianist, has been generating considerable buzz in the Canadian jazz community for his stylistic maturity, which is all the more surprising considering he came to jazz only recently, and a compositional approach that masks deeper complexity in accessible veneer. Recent projects like Vivid: The ...

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Phil Nimmons: Vintage Nimmons 'n Nine: CDB Air Checks 1959-64

Read "Vintage Nimmons 'n Nine: CDB Air Checks 1959-64" reviewed by Jack Bowers

By the time the programs from which these air checks are taken were heard via the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, composer / arranger / bandleader / clarinetist Phil Nimmons was well–known in that country, having started his career with the CBC in the early 1940s and begun a twenty–year run of regular Jazz broadcasts in 1957. Even though the selections herein were transferred to disc from forty–year–and–older analog tapes, the over–all sound is remarkably clean, especially when compared to other air ...


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