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Cory Weeds Little Big Band: Explosion

Read "Explosion" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The size and makeup of a “little big band" depend above all on what the leader has in mind. In this case, leader Cory Weeds patterned his ensemble (four brass, four reeds, three rhythm) after similar groups led by tenor saxophonists Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis and Gene Ammons, and what he had in mind was a mid-sized ...

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Michael Blake: Fulfillment

Read "Fulfillment" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

I fatti da cui Michael Blake prende lo spunto per realizzare le musiche di Fulfillment risalgono al 1914, ma sono tristemente attuali. Un dramma dell'immigrazione, verificatosi a Vancouver, quando una nave a vapore giapponese, la Komagata Maru, fu respinta con il suo carico umano di quasi quattrocento persone provenienti dall'India orientale. Solo a ventiquattro migranti fu ...

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Michael Blake: In the Grand Scheme of Things

Read "In the Grand Scheme of Things" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The beginning of an unusual release, “Road to Lusaka" is the first track from Canadian-born, New York-based saxophonist Michael Blake's In the Grand Scheme of Things. While maybe not as widely known in some circles, Blake is a masterful practitioner of the art form who is at ease working in or outside of the mainstream with ...

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The Night Crawlers: Down in the Bottom

Read "Down in the Bottom" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Various shades of indigo, as in the blues, are more than suggested on Down in the Bottom, by Vancouver, Canada's The Night Crawlers. The music is crafted around the alliterative, musical hyperbole-flinging sound of the Hammond B3 organ. Cofounder Cory Weeds suggests that this is tribute to the Hammond B3 bands of the '50s and '60s, ...

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Chris Gestrin: After the City Has Gone: Quiet

Read "After the City Has Gone: Quiet" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

“Non mi piace parlare di musica perché, come ogni forma d’arte, essa si relaziona in maniera differente con ciascuna persona“. E in effetti ascoltando After the City Has Gone: Quiet, ultimo lavoro discografico del pianista, compositore ed ingegnere del suono canadese Chris Gestrin, verrebbe da seguire alla lettera l’affermazione che apre le stringate note di copertina dell’album. Conviene lasciar perdere ...

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Chris Gestrin: After the City Has Gone: Quiet

Read "After the City Has Gone: Quiet" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Back in 2004, Chris Gestrin (piano, prepared piano, percussion) went into a studio in Vancouver to record his music. He had a dream and he wanted to realize it with musicians that he had long wanted to play with and those that had made a mark on the improvised music scene. Some of it was written, ...

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Chris Gestrin / Ben Monder / Dylan van der Schyff: The Distance

Read "The Distance" reviewed by Tom Greenland

An elaborative collaboration, The Distance--featuring Chris Gestrin (prepared & unprepared piano), Ben Monder (eclectic guitar), and Dylan van der Schyff (percussion)--is an expansive set, demonstrating the instant and infinite affinity possible when like musical minds meet. Recorded at the 2004 Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the CD documents a fast and freely composed concert of chamber jazz. ...

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Chris Gestrin: Stillpoint

Read "Stillpoint" reviewed by AAJ Staff

There's a sense of unquiet about Chris Gestrin's Songlines debut, Stillpoint. As for the quiet part, the pianist and his quintet do spend quite a bit of time perusing the open spaces of tranquility and distance. This is not a loud record. Gestrin's solo piece “This Past Tuesday" has a strongly meditative quality, sounding like a ...

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Chris Gestrin: Trio

Read "Trio" reviewed by AAJ Staff

For those who may be inclined towards the subtle dynamics and interplay of the Bill Evans Trio sound, a record cut by a Canadian piano trio led by the pianist Chris Gestrin, may indeed be a welcome presence in your collection.

That so-cogent sound which has since been extended on through Keith Jarrett and now onto ...

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Chris Gestrin Quartet: Times That Do Not Belong To Us

Read "Times That Do Not Belong To Us" reviewed by Ben Ohmart

Chris Gestrin - piano and synth, Bill Vint - saxophones, Joel Fountain - drums and beat, Danny Parker - half the bass, Marc Rogers - the other half.

Those are the players. Now meet the smooth, frozen delight music, punctuated softly by Gestrin's refined keyboard skill. Sticking to piano mostly (rather than an obvious synthesizer), he ...