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Al Muirhead's Canadian Quintet: Undertones

Read "Undertones" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Swing was the thing, until alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and pianist Bud Powell helped give birth to bebop, and alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman set jazz free. Not that swing ever went away, it just got bumped into the back seat. So when “Confirmation" and “Dance of the Infidels" wailed on the dashboard radio, ...

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John Pittman: Kinship

Read "Kinship" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The ineluctable charms of John Pittman's music may very well be connected to the sense of fellow feeling he projects on this, his debut album. For in these eight songs, the Canadian trumpeter promotes a sense of togetherness and unity that cuts not only to the title at hand, but also to the very core of ...

Aaron Shragge: This World of Dew

Read "This World of Dew" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

The distinctiveness of This World of Dew stems equally from Aaron Shragge's technical mastery of the flugelhorn, dragon mouth trumpet, and Japanese Shakuhachi, his deep understanding of the traditions underpinning the Japanese aesthetic, and guitarist Ben Monder's ethereal, elongated harmonic syntax.

Combined, these elements produce an immersive experience permeated by the sensibilities of the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"YUL" By The Alex Lefaivre Quartet Now Available Worldwide

"YUL" By The Alex Lefaivre Quartet Now Available Worldwide

Canadian bassist Alex Lefaivre's new album, YUL, is now available worldwide. Having just returned from a cross-country tour of Canadian Jazz Festivals with Parc X Trio, bassist Alex Lefaivre will celebrate his new release with a series of concerts in Montreal this August. The recording is released through Multiple Chord Music (MCM), the label which he ...

Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder: This World of Dew

Read "This World of Dew" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

This World of Dew is the third recorded go-around by trumpeter Aaron Shragge and guitarist Ben Monder. Shragge expands the expected pallette of the duo sound with his use of the shakuhachi (Japanese flute) and his Dragon Mouth Trumpet, a custom microtonal instrument designed to expand the melodic capacity of the horn.

Monder ...

The Toronto Jazz Orchestra: 20

Read "20" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, aka TJO, was created to perform music by the major jazz composers, like Miles Davis and his Miles Ahead (Columbia Records, 1958), the trumpeter's collaboration with Gil Evans, for one. With 20, the group celebrates the composition and arranging skills of its artistic director, Josh Grossman.

With a twenty year ...

Adrean Farrugia: Blued Dharma

Read "Blued Dharma" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

The duet outing Blued Dharma by pianist Adrean Farrugia and tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm is a nuanced affair suitable as background to a quiet evening but also worthy of closer reading.

The title track epitomizes the whole. Contemplative, balanced, subtly blended, tonally stolid, inviting, consequential. Throughout the following seven pieces, the pattern of ruminative ...

Adrean Farrugia/Joel Frahm: Blued Dharma

Read "Blued Dharma" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Blued Dharma, a duet outing by pianist Adrean Farrugia and tenor and soprano saxophonist Joel Frahm, opens with the title tune, a simpatico, lighter-than-air composition. The instrumentalists banter and extemporize, bat ideas back and forth and explore melodic main roads and sideroads. So it is for the full album of inspired interplay.

Having played ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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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Justin Gray: New Horizons

Read "New Horizons" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

What's an artist to do if he can't find an established instrument to suit his musical needs. If you are bassist Justin Gray, you design and co-create one. It's called the Bass Veena, a a hybrid that combines the characteristics of the fretless bass and numerous Indian string instruments.

New Horizons by Justin Gray ...