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Mike Downes

Multiple JUNO award winner Mike Downes has been a major force in Canada's music scene since the early 80s. He has had the opportunity to work with a long list of international artists including Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman and Donny McCaslin, along with many of Canada's top musicians including Don Thompson, Terry Clarke, Pat LaBarbera, Robi Botos and Molly Johnson. He has performed throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, the United States and Canada. His extensive discography as a bassist, composer, arranger and producer includes his own Ripple Effect (2014 JUNO winner for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year) and Root Structure (2018 JUNO winner for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo)

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Ted Quinlan, David S. Ware, Nicolás Boccanera and More

Read "Ted Quinlan, David S. Ware, Nicolás Boccanera and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week there is a focus on new releases from Ted Quinlan, David S. Ware, Nicolás Boccanera and Land of Kush. Other recent releases are on the playlist. Absolutely Dreaming is the latest release from Toronto jazz guitarist Ted Quinlan, who is a veteran of the Canadian jazz scene. It combines his deep roots in the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ted Quinlan: Absolutely Dreaming

Read "Absolutely Dreaming" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Toronto-based guitarist Ted Quinlan is a Canadian institution on the instrument and constantly in high demand. Over the years he has performed as a sideman alongside famed musicians such as Chet Baker, Jimmy Smith or Dave Holland, while keeping busy as a leader. His guitar tone varies from clean and smooth to fuzzy and rough, channeling ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dan McCarthy: City Abstract

Read "City Abstract" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The concept of homecoming is inextricably linked to the music that Dan McCarthy presents on City Abstract. Recorded in May of 2019, shortly after he had returned to his native Toronto after fifteen years in New York, this date finds the vibraphonist bowing to two of his biggest influences: pianist Carla Bley and vibraphonist Gary Burton. ...

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Dan McCarthy's Epoch and City Abstract on Origin Records

Read "Dan McCarthy's Epoch and City Abstract on Origin Records" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Canadian vibesman Dan McCarthy has come a long way since the release of his already very accomplished debut album Interwords (self produced) in 2006. Since moving to Brooklyn, New York in 2004, McCarthy has been able to collaborate with some of the city's finest improvisors, such as Steve Swallow or Ben Monder who are also the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Downes: Root Structure

Read "Root Structure" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Mike Downes likes to explore what rests at the heart of an idea and what makes things tick. That's essentially the notion that waters the roots of Root Structure. It's a thought process that gives Downes grounding while also freeing him from the constraints of a more rigid conceptual frame. The three ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Downes: In the Current

Read "In the Current" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In the Current, the fifth recording as leader by Canadian bassist Mike Downes--who doubles as composer / arranger--is the second (in a row) with an aqueous theme and the first performed by his “little big band," the Parallel Streams Ensemble. Downes' album Ripple Effect, recorded with his trio and special guest guitarist Ted Quinlan, earned a ...

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Nancy Walker: New Hieroglyphics

Read "New Hieroglyphics" reviewed by John Kelman

Amidst an overcrowded community, even the cream of the crop has difficulty getting heard beyond their own locales. A regular visitor to relatively nearby Ottawa, Toronto-based Nancy Walker is an Ottawa Jazz Festival regular as part of John Geggie's trio at the late night jam sessions--also participating on the bassist's recent Across the Sky (Plunge, 2010), ...

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Ted Quinlan: Streetscape

Read "Streetscape" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Guitarist Ted Quinlan's diverse musical tastes are reflected on Streetscape, in which he seeks to capture the sound of places like the Danforth in Toronto, Commercial Drive in Vancouver, the Left Bank in Paris and Greenwich Village in New York. Quinlan's wide canvas is well marked, and his approach not only reflects influences that include Wes ...


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