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Ernesto Cervini

Drummer Ernesto Cervini is making a name for himself as a consummate bandleader and in-demand sideman. Time Out New York encapsulated Cervini as “a buoyant drummer as well as a sharp composer,” while the jazz bible, Downbeat, described his fluid style as one that “exemplifies `float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’.” The drummer released Abundance, his sixth album as a leader in October, 2018. Modern Drummer magazine said: “Cervini recalls such old-schoolers as Art Blakey and Billy Higgins. . . It’s his robust, magnetic personality that fascinates consistently.” Born in Toronto in 1982, Cervini graduated from Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music with degrees in classical piano and clarinet performance before focusing his energies behind the drum kit

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New music from Lioness, Time Grove and Tom Rainey

Read "New music from Lioness, Time Grove and Tom Rainey" reviewed by Bob Osborne

To celebrate International Women's Day a new album from the sextet Lioness on Posi-Tone Records, also music from Time Grove, a new one from Tom Rainey trio with Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock, a massive slice of excellent sounds created by David Torn. Tim Berne and Ches Smith as Sun of Goldfinger, three tunes from Ernesto ...

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Myriad3: Vera

Read "Vera" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The number of contemporary jazz piano trios that take their inspiration from non-jazz sources seems to grow all the time. To a list that includes The Bad Plus, Phronesis, and E.S.T. add the Canadian group Myriad3 which draws from concepts in classical music and progressive rock. They often begin their pieces with one repeated figure and ...

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Marshall Gilkes, Marilyn Maye and more

Read "Marshall Gilkes, Marilyn Maye and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The legendary singer Marilyn Maye kicks off this week's Neon Jazz in pure style with a classic song and a clip from her live 90th Birthday performance in Kansas City on Veteran's Day 2018. We catch up with new work by the great John Petrucelli off his 2018 CD Presence and move on into the great ...

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Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop: Abundance

Read "Abundance" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Delve into Toronto-based drummer Ernesto Cervini's discography and you find an artist who seems to be trying to be a force for good in the world. His CD releases feature his Ernesto Cervini Quartet, MEM3, Myraid3, and Turboprop (and others, for he is prolific). His is a sound that brims with buoyancy, whether it's a trio ...

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Multiple Venues Ottawa, Canada June 21-June 26, 2018 For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges. First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

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Adrean Farrugia/Joel Frahm: Blued Dharma

Read "Blued Dharma" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Blued Dharma, a duet outing by pianist Adrean Farrugia and tenor and soprano saxophonist Joel Frahm, opens with the title tune, a simpatico, lighter-than-air composition. The instrumentalists banter and extemporize, bat ideas back and forth and explore melodic main roads and sideroads. So it is for the full album of inspired interplay. Having played ...

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Carn Davidson 9: Murphy

Read "Murphy" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “Carn" in Carn Davidson 9 is trombonist William, the “Davidson" saxophonist Tara. They are Canadians, as are the other seven members of their Toronto-based ensemble. They are also first-class musicians, an assessment that applies as well to everyone in the Carn Davidson 9. This is apparently the second album by the nonet, ...

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Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop: Rev

Read "Rev" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Toronto-based septet Turboprop serves, in part, as an arrangement-expanding vehicle for  drummer/leader Ernesto Cervini. With his work in two ongoing, outstanding trio's--MEM3 and Myriad3--Cervini helps shape modernist jazz in the piano trio mode. Turboprop, with its three horn front line--two saxophones and a trombone--gets the chance to stretch his arranging chops, with Rev, the group's ...

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MEM3: Circles

Read "Circles" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The modernistic piano trio, MEM3, draws influences from the innovative e.s.t. (Esbjorn Svensson Trio) and the Bad Plus, as well as the legendary drummer Peter Erskine's trio recordings. Circles, MEM3's second outing, puts them in the league with those higher profile groups as they craft an understated and unfailingly lovely trio sound enhanced with subtle electronic ...


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