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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2017

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Part 1 | Part 2

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2017

It's always a thrill to return to Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (FIJM). Deemed the biggest jazz festival in the world by the Guinness World Book of Records, it only ...

Fraser Hollins: Aerial

Read "Aerial" reviewed by Pascal-Denis Lussier

One word: Grand.

A fitting description of bassist Fraser Hollins' 2010 album, Aerial, his first as composer and leader, because, vaguely, in many ways, this is a grand album. Before accusing anyone of hyperbole, please read on. Montreal-based, Ottawa-raised bassist Fraser Hollins' reputation as a well-schooled, gifted accompanist and fine, inventive soloist is set ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ingrid and Christine Jensen: Infinitude

Read "Infinitude" reviewed by John Kelman

While they've often recorded together over the years--from the collective Nordic Connect quintet and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen's early albums including Now as Then (Justin Time, 2003), to many of saxophonist Christine's recordings, from her two much-lauded Jazz Orchestra albums (most recently Habitat (Justin Time, 2014)) to earlier, small group dates including Look Left (Effendi, 2006)--the two ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra: Habitat

Read "Habitat" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Christine Jensen is one of the new breed of composer / arrangers who write for large ensembles on a grand scale, favoring themes that paint well-drawn pictures and tell evocative stories, most of which are based on personal experiences or particular sights or sounds that have lingered in their mind and led them to put pen ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2013 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 28-July 2, 2013

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
June 28-July 7, 2013
After taking a year off to curate an All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway at Norway's 2012 Kongsberg Jazz Festival, it was great to return to the city that hosts what must surely be the largest jazz festival in the world. Where else ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ottawa Jazz Festival, Days 1-3: June 21-23, 2012

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Days 1-3 | Days 4-8

TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 21-Jul 1, 2012

After a paradigm shift in 2011--deserting its largely “pure" approach to programming for one that acknowledged how, in order for it to survive, it needed to (a) attract a larger percentage from the youth demographic, and ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Torben Waldorff Tours Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Canada and United States in 2011

Torben Waldorff Tours Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Canada and United States in 2011

Torben Waldorff on tour in March-April featuring music from the new critically acclaimed release American Rock Beauty, Torben's third out on ArtistShare. The band will feature Montreal based Joel Miller on saxophones, Jon Wikan of New York on drums, Torben Waldorff on guitar. Mattias Welin/Fraser Hollins/Matt Clohesy on bass. On tour the band will play in Scandinavian cities ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Steve Amirault: One Existence, Two Voices

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Initially, I was disappointed to find out that pianist Steve Amirault was taking this new direction. Jazz singers have never really been my thing. Anyone that knows me knows I have a penchant for the lyric-less stuff--music that breaks all bounds, and language tends to impose extreme restrictions. Nonetheless, despite my own usual preferences, I'm always ...