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lisa liu: Introducing...Lisa Liu

Read "Introducing...Lisa Liu" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Lisa Liu's Introducing...“ is a great example of one of the subtly exciting things about “vintage" styles: that, no matter how observant, studious and sometimes even intentionally conservative the endeavor can be, human nature ends up evolving them anyway. Liu's general genre is called many things--trad jazz, gypsy jazz, et. al.—but the album is not merely ...

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Shannon Gunn: Gunn's Ablazin'

Read "Gunn's  Ablazin'" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Washington DC native Shannon Gunn makes a bold artistic and social statement with her stimulating debut Gunn's Ablazin'. Gunn showcases her talents as a trombonist, composer, arranger and bandleader as she fronts two different ensembles interpreting eight originals and four very diverse covers.

The album starts with “Orange Noise," a commentary on the U.S. ...

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l'Oumigmag: Habitant

Read "Habitant" reviewed by Matt Hooke

L'Oumigmag's Habitant is an ambitious reimagining of traditional Quebecois folk, based on the environment and natural beauty of the area around the St. Lawrence River. It has a feeling of comfort that is often reminiscent of a friendly bluegrass jam.

Habitant is a reference to the first French settlers of the St. Lawrence River. ...

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Dan Pitt Trio: Fundamentally Flawed

Read "Fundamentally Flawed" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Toronto-based guitarist Dan Pitt has tagged his debut album Fundamentally Flawed. It is a trio recording full of gorgeous, glowing chords and inspired accompaniment, beginning with the tune “Balmoral," a study in patience and off-kilter beauty. And throw in the sound of a trio equilibrium and telepathic interplay. If that opener marinates in the brooding side ...

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5x3: Piano Trios: September 2019

Read "5x3: Piano Trios: September 2019" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Well, some months are packed too full of these goodies to cover in batches of three. We can only hang on and try to keep up.

Aki Rissanen
Art in Motion
Edition Records
2019

Past, present and future don't collide but smash together in one happy jumble ...

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Nick Grondin: A View Of Earth

Read "A View Of Earth" reviewed by Ljubinko Zivkovic

As a guitarist, nowhere are you more exposed than in jazz, particularly if you aim for that clean, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green sound; elsewhere, particularly in pop and rock, the riffs, add-ons, the band, even studio wizardry can cover the lack of skill or mistakes. And then, unless it is a solo guitar album, ...

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Joel Miller: Unstoppable

Read "Unstoppable" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Joel Miller makes an excellent case for continuing education. Twenty years after winning the career-boosting Gran Prix of the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1997, and releasing his debut album, Find A Way (Isthmus/Page Music) in the same year, the Montreal-based saxophonist returned to his alma mater, McGill University, to complete his studies for a Master's in ...

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Evan Whitfield: The Art of Contemporary Improvisation

Read "The Art of Contemporary Improvisation" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Firstly, musicians are entertainers--song and dance men and women of sorts. Pianist Evan Blair Whitfield is no stranger to the entertainment side of the art. He is a multi-disciplinary performing-arts master, having worked in musical theatre productions, opera, ballet and the cruise entertainment industry. With this resume—and his deep classical music training/background—improvisation, the heart of jazz, ...

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Norihiro Kikuta: Vegetable Soup

Read "Vegetable Soup" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

In the age of sprawling epics masquerading as jazz records, stumbling onto a concise, minimalist narrative can be a delightful stray from the norm. In the case of Vegetable Soup, a three-composition EP by guitarist Norihiro Kikuta, the music functions as a snapshot, a thunderclap accompanied by a flash of light that illuminates a solitary transformation. ...

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Noah Preminger Group: Zigsaw: Music Of Steve Lampert

Read "Zigsaw: Music Of Steve Lampert" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger has dedicated considerable effort into his imprint on jazz variations of the delta blues with Some Other Time (Newvelle, 2016), Pivot: Live At The 55 Bar (Self-Produced, 2016) and Meditations on Freedom (Self-Produced, 2017). Zigsaw: Music of Steve Lampert is a departure in concept and content with a single extended track composed ...