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Marc Jordan: Both Sides

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American-born Canadian singer and songwriter Marc Jordan, who covers a wide range of genres, including jazz, unveils his first album since 2013 with one of his finest recordings to date on the soft and breezy balladic Both Sides. Containing lush romantic jazz arrangements of contemporary standards and recorded with the Prague Symphony Orchestra featuring trumpeter Randy ...

A/B Trio

A/B Trio brings together three of Albertas most in-demand performing and recording jazz musicians – Thom Bennett (drums), Dan Davis (saxophone), and Josh McHan (double bass). This ensemble is inspired by the open sounding, chordless groups of Sonny Rollins and Joshua Redman, as well as the work of Chris Potter and Ari Hoenig. Their material ranges from inventive re- interpretations of standards to modern, original repertoire and high-energy groove-based music. Its fresh, accessible and compelling music for all jazz lovers. Thom Bennett | Drums Multi-talented drummer, Thom Bennett splits his time between performing, producing, and engineering

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University of Toronto 12tet: When Day Slips Into Night

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Those who are tasked with monitoring the pulse of intercollegiate jazz, if indeed there are such overseers, will find it beating strongly at the University of Toronto whose well-schooled 12tet, comprised of students in the school's bachelor's, master's and doctoral music programs, has recorded its third admirable CD, When Day Slips Into Night. As before, the ...

John Macleod: The Toronto Sound

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Yes, this is Canada's John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra. And yes, this is the ensemble's third CD, The Toronto Sound. But close your eyes and listen carefully and it modulates into no less than an earnest albeit clandestine homage to Rob McConnell and the peerless Boss Brass. Is that a good thing? Beyond any ...

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Gordon Hyland: NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//

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\\livingfossil// is the most recent brainchild of Canadian saxophonist Gordon Hyland. The Toronto-based musician and composer continues to release his versatile compositions in a multitude of formations of various different names, such as the acoustic saxophone trio Simple Shapes or the progressive-electronic project Ninja Funk Orchestra. Members of the latter are reunited with Hyland on his ...

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Gordon Hyland: NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//

Read "NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The debut disc Never Die, by the Toronto-based collective, \\living fossil//, opens with a reverberant industrial hum, a droning metallic guitar sound that announces a distinctive and compelling group aesthetic. Saxophonist Gordon Hyland is the ringleader, though that isn't not apparent from listening. He and his cohorts have created a distinctive approach of echoing saxophone--sometimes two ...

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Dave Young / Terry Promane: Octet Vol. 2

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It's a sign of the economic times (and a steadily shrinking audience) that more and more jazz CDs are being released these days in the near-equivalent of a “plain brown wrapper." That's certainly true of Octet Vol. 2, the second recording by Canada's Dave Young / Terry Promane ensemble. That does not mean, however, that the ...

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Liebman/Murley Quartet: Live at U of T

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Veteran jazz-er Dave Liebman and Mike Murley blow their saxophones like kindred souls on Live at U of T. In front of an appreciative audience, fronting an inspired bass/drum team, and no guitar or keyboard in the mix--the music is a mixture of liquid freedom, low flame fire, and relative restraint (the “restraint" thing in consideration ...

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Monica Chapman: Small World

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Romanian-born, Toronto-based vocalist Monica Chapman delivers Small World, her third album since 2013, in a concept recording of songs from some of her favorite movies such as Gypsy, Band Wagon, Goldfinger, and Sweet Charity just to name a few. A classically-trained singer who performed musical theatre, Chapman had always had a passion for movies but was ...

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Al Muirhead: Northern Adventures

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When you've been a musician as long as Al Muirhead has, you not only earn many friends in the business, you also recognize who among them can play. For Northern Adventures, Muirhead's second album as leader of his own group, the eighty-one-year-old Canadian trumpeter assembled a who's who of the finest musicians his country has to ...