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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 ...

Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra: Habitat

Read "Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra: Habitat" reviewed by John Kelman

It may have been the title of her last album--Treelines, Christine Jensen's first large ensemble recording--but there was no song of that name on the 2010 Justin Time release. Instead, it's the lead-off to Habitat, Jensen's second album with her Jazz Orchestra, a commissioned work for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Jazz Orchestra, its director, Dr. Paul ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jonathan Orland Debuts with "Homes"

Born and raised in Paris, Jonathan Orland started playing music during his childhood, starting with piano and clarinet. He got interested in Jazz in his early teenage years, and started learning by himself the saxophone before taking lessons with Thomas Savy, Tom Buckner and André Villégier and Antoine Daurès. Then he passed his music studies diploma in ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Steve Amirault: One Existence, Two Voices

Read "Steve Amirault: One Existence, Two Voices" reviewed by Pascal-Denis Lussier

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Amirault: Breath

Read "Breath" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Steve Amirault has produced a fine piano trio album in Breath. He's not a tricky player, but his music brims with emotion; his melodies and style reflect a very personal means of expression with little that would be called straight-ahead jazz. Though Amirault clearly has the chops, his playing is not about showing off or using ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Amirault: Breath

Read "Breath" reviewed by John Kelman

Gradually, and with little fanfare, the Canadian Effendi label has been amassing a substantial catalogue of contemporary jazz with special focus on Montreal's vibrant scene. That's not to suggest that all its artists are born and bred Montrealers. Pianist John Roney--heard recently on saxophonist Remi Bolduc's Cote D'écoute (Effendi, 2005)--originally comes from Toronto, while saxophonist Christine ...