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Monica Chapman: Small World

Read "Small World" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Romanian-born, Toronto-based vocalist Monica Chapman delivers Small World, her third album since 2013, in a concept recording of songs from some of her favorite movies such as Gypsy, Band Wagon, Goldfinger, and Sweet Charity just to name a few. A classically-trained singer who performed musical theatre, Chapman had always had a passion for movies but was ...

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Peter Campbell: Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn

Read "Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Put aside notes, chords, rhythm, and the rest of the composite parts that add up to a song, for none of it means a thing if there's no real story to tell and no true artist to mold and honor the truth in the tale. The late Shirley Horn had an instinctual understanding about that fact, ...

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Al Muirhead: Northern Adventures

Read "Northern Adventures" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When you've been a musician as long as Al Muirhead has, you not only earn many friends in the business, you also recognize who among them can play. For Northern Adventures, Muirhead's second album as leader of his own group, the eighty-one-year-old Canadian trumpeter assembled a who's who of the finest musicians his country has to ...

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Susie Arioli: Spring

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Canadian Jazz singer from Montreal and multiple Juno-Award nominee Susie Arioli, presents another spectacular rhythm-based recording on Spring, a spectacular blues and soul-influenced vocal project combining four fresh originals with a selection of vibrant standards for a very spicy and rousing good time. Under the direction of multi-instrumentalist/arranger and multiple Juno-Award winner Don Thompson, Arioli fronts ...

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Lonely Universe Re-issue

Lonely Universe Re-issue

MONTREAL, QC (CANADA) — On June 18, 2014, Jazz from Rant will re-issue their pivotal recording, Lonely Universe, à la plage, one of the first recordings produced on the label, originally released in 1993. It features Jeannette Lambert performing her poetry along with Michel Lambert, drums, and Michael White, trumpet (who had performed as a duo called ...

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Dave Bennett: Don't Be That Way

Read "Don't Be That Way" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Clarinetist Dave Bennett's Don't Be That Way is a throwback album, but it's not a carbon copy of what's come before. Bennett certainly finds inspiration in the work of past masters, driving down the highways and byways that have been paved by Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman and others, but he's willing to look at ...

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Philip May Quartet Releases New CD

Philip May Quartet Releases New CD

SUDBURY, ON (CANADA): On June 18 2013, jazz drummer Philip May will release his new recording “Sudbury”, named after his hometown in Northern Ontario, Canada. Philip May began playing drums professionally at age fourteen and pursued his studies both at Berklee and York University. His jazz quintet Broche à Foin’s last album, “People We Have Known”, won ...

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Peter Appleyard: Sophisticated Ladies

Read "Sophisticated Ladies" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Celebrated Canadian vibraphonist Peter Appleyard made some waves on his last instrumental album, revisiting the past in a previously unreleased recording that captured a select group of jazz giants on the historic The Lost 1974 Session (Linus, 2011). Now, this 84 year-old jazz legend focuses on the present and surrounds himself with a phenomenal group of ...

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Peter Appleyard: Sophisticated Ladies

Read "Sophisticated Ladies" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Peter Appleyard seems to have a way with the ladies. The octogenarian vibraphonist brings his virile mallet work to bear while escorting a dozen lovely songbirds through some smartly arranged standards on this, his second release the span of a few months. Appleyard started off the year by looking toward the past, issuing a previously unreleased ...

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Reg Schwager releases album of guitar and bass duets

Reg Schwager releases album of guitar and bass duets

TORONTO, ON (CANADA): On November 15th, 2011, Jazz From Rant will release Toronto guitarist {Reg Schwager}'s 11th recording as a leader, “Duets" (rant 1142) which features collaborations with four internationally respected Canadian bassists—{Don Thompson}, {Dave Young}, {Neil Swainson} and {Pat Collins}. Reg Schwager is a four-time winner of Canada's National Jazz Award for Guitarist of the Year. From 1994-2004, Schwager toured ...