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Pat LaBarbera Kirk MacDonald Quintet: Trane of Thought, Live at the Rex

Read "Trane of Thought, Live at the Rex" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Sometimes the name of an album can be a dead giveaway. Clearly, tenors Pat La Barbera and Kirk MacDonald, the co-leaders of this admirable quintet from north of the border, are enthusiastic admirers and champions of the late great saxophonist John Coltrane. Disciples, yes, but leagues away from slavish imitators. LaBarbera and MacDonald have strong and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Harold Mabern & Kirk MacDonald: The Creative Process

Read "Harold Mabern & Kirk MacDonald: The Creative Process" reviewed by Jeri Brown

Harold Mabern recently toured through Eastern Canada with a stop at St. Paul's Church as part of the Jazz East performance concert series. His duet concerts with Canadian jazz saxophonist Kirk MacDonald included stops in jny: Montreal, Moncton, Antigonish, and Sydney. Their concerts emphasize standard jazz repertoire, as well as their own original music. Mabern, one ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pat LaBarbera Kirk MacDonald Quartet with Adam Nussbaum & Kieran Overs: Silent Voices

Read "Silent Voices" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The oxymoronic title of Silent Voices belies and simultaneously validates interesting things about this recording. Far from silent in its artistic message, it is an intelligent, evocative, and brilliantly communicative effort. Its “voices" dominate, ring loud, and are intensely passionate. Most stentorian, they emanate from deep within the respective creative wellsprings of these four superior performers. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

KMJO: Common Ground

Read "Common Ground" reviewed by Jack Bowers

KMJO is shorthand for the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, and Common Ground is the third recording by the splendid Toronto-based group, following the well-received Deep Shadows (2011) and Family Suite for Large Ensemble (2012). This time around, the orchestra performs compositions by MacDonald arranged by one of Canada's premier co-pilots, Joe Sullivan. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kirk MacDonald: Symmetry

Read "Symmetry" reviewed by Edward Blanco

It is no secret that Canada is the home of some of the finest jazz musicins in the world and Toronto-based saxophonist Kirk MacDonald, a long-time active educator, is one of those established stars and veteran of the Canadian jazz scene. He has appeared on over fifty albums as both a sideman and leader and Symmetry, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Juno Award Winner Kirk MacDonald At Dizzy's Club On October 20th

Juno Award Winner Kirk MacDonald At Dizzy's Club On October 20th

U.S. premiere of the critically acclaimed new CD Vista Obscura featuring Harold Mabern One Night Only! October 20 at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Canadian saxophonist Kirk MacDonald's “Vista Obscura" with legendary Harold Mabern recently won the 2015 Juno Award for Best Jazz Album Solo. The Juno Awards are comparable to the U.S. Grammys—and this swingin' band blows ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe Sullivan: Whisky Jack Waltz

Read "Whisky Jack Waltz" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator Joe Sullivan grew up in a large Franco-Ontarian family in the Northern Ontario town of Timmins. As a youth, music was a part of daily life. Sullivan began his formal training on piano and at the age of fifteen he also started playing the trumpet. In his formative years, Sullivan led ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kirk MacDonald: Symmetry

Read "Symmetry" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Following two splendid albums as leader of his own big band (Deep Shadows, Family Suite for Large Jazz Orchestra), Toronto-based saxophonist / educator Kirk MacDonald has returned to a small-group format for Symmetry, the thirteenth recording on which his name has been listed atop the marquee. In this case, however, any member of MacDonald's quintet could ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own

Read "Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One of the channels that came with my Dish Network package is Classic Arts Showcase, which is a treasure trove of film clips documenting classical, ballet, folk, pop and other forms of music that one is unlikely to see anywhere else (although some footage is presumably available on YouTube, which more and more seems to encompass ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim Doxas: Ottawa, Canada, May 26, 2012

Read "John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim Doxas: Ottawa, Canada, May 26, 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim DoxasGeggie Concert SeriesNAC Fourth Stage, Ottawa, CanadaMay 26, 2012For his final show of the 2011/2012 Geggie Concert Series, Ottawa bassist John Geggie put together a group of Canadian musicians who are all deserving of broader international recognition. A down-the-middle mainstream jazz ...


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