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On The Local Scene At The 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

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The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM) is a magnificent celebration of jazz as well many other musical genres. The festival celebrated its 39th anniversary this past year. I have had the distinct pleasure of attending over 30 of them. FIJM has been ...

Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part VII

Read "Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part VII" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Well, that didn't take long. What started as “Five Women" quickly grew into the present “Seven Women" and will continue to the end of this year as “Seven Women (Plus Three) as a continuing reflection of the state of female vocalists and instrumentalists. We are blessed with an abundance of musical riches.

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Fat Kid Big Band: New Beginnings

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Note to Montreal's Fat Kid Big Band: If you really want to make a favorable first impression on your audience, move the opening track on New Beginnings, “Bustin' My Ass," and replace it with any of the album's five instrumental numbers. Nothing personal, and no disrespect meant to singer Othniel PF, but why would a big ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joe Sullivan Big Band: Unfamiliar Surroundings

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Unfamiliar Surroundings, a well-designed two-CD set by trumpeter Joe Sullivan's all-star ensemble from north of the border, consists of three disparate suites, two on Disc 1, the other on Disc 2. If the surroundings seem unfamiliar, the music is not, as it honors the legendary bellwethers of the Big Band Era without echoing any of them. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophone Giants Azar Lawrence & Al McLean Kick Off "Conduit"

Saxophone Giants Azar Lawrence & Al McLean Kick Off "Conduit"

Cinematographer Randy Cole and saxophonist Al McLean deliver Conduit, an iconic Jazz recording, captured in a former church in jny: Montreal. Cole and McLean invited American saxophonist Azar Lawrence, to the session (McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Miles Davis), and the resulting tracks are mesmerizing. Digitally released on major music download sites (iTunes, Amazon, etc.), Conduit will be officially launched on March ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Montreal Jazz Community Gives Us "Conduit"

Montreal Jazz Community Gives Us "Conduit"

Montreal's storied Jazz community gives us Conduit, a risky live recording set in a former church. American sax legend Azar Lawrence (McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Miles Davis) teams up with Canadian tenor-man Al McLean. The pair is recorded in one take, within a strikingly beautiful museum - La Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec. The master craftsmen ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joe Sullivan Big Band: Northern Ontario Suite

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The latest recording by Canadian trumpeter Joe Sullivan's big band is built around his picturesque six-movement Northern Ontario Suite, whose purpose is to portray musically the sights, sounds and ambience of Sullivan's frosty corner of the world including the often spectacular aurora borealis ("northern lights"). The suite is preceded by a pair of Sullivan's engaging compositions ...