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Roddy Ellias Trio: Monday's Dream

Read "Monday's Dream" reviewed by John Kelman

Since returning home to Ottawa after spending much of his adult life as an associate music professor at Concordia University in Montréal, Roddy Ellias may have retired but he's far from slowing down. Retirement's just a word, but for this extraordinary guitarist it's clearly been a liberating one; based on Monday's Dream, his first recording since ...

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GuitarNow! 2013, Day Two: Ottawa, Canada, May 4, 2013

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First Annual GuitarNow! Festival, Day Two
Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
Ottawa, Canada

May 4, 2013

When local guitarist Roddy Ellias--the recipient, that very week, of one of the Jazz Journalist Association's Jazz Hero awards for 2013 (the only Canadian on the list)--created the concept of the first annual GuitarNow! Festival with Carleton University, ...

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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 ...

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Victoriaville 2012

Read "Victoriaville 2012" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Canada
May 17-20, 2012
There are many ways to weigh a music festival, but one method that sets a fairly reasonable standard for excellence is whether or not there was at least one point that elicited feelings of good fortune. Not just if it was enjoyable or if highly respected ...

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Thom Gossage Other Voices - In Other Words (2011)

Thom Gossage Other Voices - In Other Words (2011)

As an aside within my review of Steve Raegele's mind blowing debut album Last Century I went into the bands Raegele had participated in and noted “I can't say I've heard of these names previously, but the (Thom) Gossage (Other Voices) tracks I just sampled make me want to hear more from him. It's a little ...

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Thom Gossage Other Voices: In Other Words

Read "In Other Words" reviewed by Matt Marshall

According to drummer Thom Gossage, the tracks on this, the fifth release by his Other Voices ensemble, are launched from a single figure--anything from a simple melodic line, to fully composed pieces of music, rhythm scores, electronic soundscapes, chants and poems--that are subsequently abstracted through an assemblage process. The idea came to him after viewing a ...

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Steve Raegele: Last Century

Read "Last Century" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Guitarist Steve Raegele brings a multifaceted presence to his debut, Last Century. Raegele, who is based in Montreal, Canada, was the lead guitarist of the psychedelic rock band The Besnard Lakes, and a member of drummer Thom Gossage's Other Voices. He was at home in the radically different approach of the two bands, an assured player ...

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Thom Gossage Other Voices: The Now Beyond

Read "The Now Beyond" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The music on this record was written by Thom Gossage after the band’s tour in 2002 and reflects the experiences during that period as well as the individual and collective strengths of the group. Also included is music outside the pale of those times.

Gossage keeps his music at a slow simmer when it ...