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Content by tag "True North Records"

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Blues Deluxe: Colin James, Matthew Curry and Johnny Nicholas

Read "Blues Deluxe: Colin James, Matthew Curry and Johnny Nicholas" reviewed by Doug Collette

The cultural fragmentation of the last two decades or so has resulted in such a multiplicity of niche categories that the blues community only benefits by its long-term standing of loyalty to the genre. Rather than suffer foolish players gladly or thoughtlessly reward the mediocre results of their efforts, these devoted and inveterate music-lovers deeply relish ...

Bruce Cockburn: Slice O'Life

Read "Slice O'Life" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Giunto alla vigilia dei 40 anni di attività, il cantautore canadese Bruce Cockburn pubblica un doppio album registrato dal vivo nel corso del suo tour nordamericano del 2008, primo live della sua vasta discografia realizzato interamente senza l'ausilio di un gruppo di spalla. I brani del repertorio sono tutti già noti, con l'eccezione di “The City Is Hungry," ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Michael Occhipinti: The Sicilian Jazz Project

Read "Michael Occhipinti: The Sicilian Jazz Project" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Michael Occhipinti
The Sicilian Jazz Project

True North Records

2008

It is a fact of history that modern music can be traced to the seven-note diatonic scale (do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti)--solffeggio--that came into existence when the Benedictine monk, Guido of Arrezo created its scale. He did so ingeniously, by nominating syllables from the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

NOJO with Sam Rivers: City of Neighbourhoods

Read "City of Neighbourhoods" reviewed by Brandt Reiter

Led by pianist-tubaist Paul Neufeld and guitarist-conductor Michael Occhipinti, the Toronto-based Neufeld/Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) has been wowing audiences up North for a decade now, but has received scant attention here in the States. City of Neighbourhoods , the group's fourth recording and its first to get an American release, ought to change that. The ensemble, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Petra Haden/Bill Frisell: Petra Haden and Bill Frisell

Read "Petra Haden and Bill Frisell" reviewed by John Kelman

Working with singers is nothing new to the ubiquitous and stylistically impossible-to-pigeonhole guitarist Bill Frisell. But whereas his '95 collaboration with Elvis Costello, Deep Dead Blue , was a live recording, stark in its simple meeting of one voice and one guitar, Frisell's latest teaming with Petra Haden, daughter of legendary bassist Charlie, and singer/violinist for ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Petra Haden and Bill Frisell: Petra Haden and Bill Frisell

Read "Petra Haden and Bill Frisell" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Opinions about the self-titled Petra Haden and Bill Frisell will likely depend on whether the latter gives listeners the Willies or they find the guitarist Unspeakable. Those attracted by his mellow heartland meditations on The Willies (Nonesuch, 2002) will likely enjoy it; those shunning it in favor of his eclectic modernism on Unspeakable (Nonesuch, 2004) may ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Occhipinti: Creation Dream - The Songs of Bruce Cockburn

Read "Creation Dream - The Songs of Bruce Cockburn" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Canadian guitarist/composer and co-leader of the “NOJO” large ensemble, Michael Occhipinti pays homage to fellow countryman and celebrated folk singer, Bruce Cockburn on Creation Dream – the songs of Bruce Cockburn. With this release, the guitarist garners some additional support from frequent collaborator, clarinetist Don Byron, along with a sympathetic cast of top-notch Canadian jazz musicians, ...

NOJO: You Are Here

Read "You Are Here" reviewed by Joel Roberts

If, like me, you live outside Canada, you may not know about NOJO--the Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra. But major talents like Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, and Ray Anderson know NOJO, and have all played or recorded with the group. The 16-piece Toronto-based ensemble has won numerous Canadian jazz awards for their highly original, progressive big band sound, ...