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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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Liebman/Murley Quartet: Live at U of T

Read "Live at U of T" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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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Allison Au: Forest Grove

Read "Forest Grove" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The best artists--writers, painters, musicians--create distinct  new worlds. Canada's Allison Au has done just that with her Juno-Award-winning  (2016, Jazz Album of the Year) recording,  Forest Grove. The music therein is Au's personal  vision transformed into a set of sounds with a continuity of purpose. A rarity for a young artist.

Au says she ...

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Mike Downes: Root Structure

Read "Root Structure" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Mike Downes likes to explore what rests at the heart of an idea and what makes things tick. That's essentially the notion that waters the roots of Root Structure. It's a thought process that gives Downes grounding while also freeing him from the constraints of a more rigid conceptual frame.

The three ...

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Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop: Rev

Read "Rev" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Toronto-based septet Turboprop serves, in part, as an arrangement-expanding vehicle for  drummer/leader Ernesto Cervini. With his work in two ongoing, outstanding trio's--MEM3 and Myriad3--Cervini helps shape modernist jazz in the piano trio mode. Turboprop, with its three horn front line--two saxophones and a trombone--gets the chance to stretch his arranging chops, with Rev, the group's ...

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Teri Parker: In The Past

Read "In The Past" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Toronto-based pianist Teri Parker has released three CDs with her Parker Abbott Trio--including Elevation (Self Produced, 2016). The Parker Abbott Trio features Parker paired with another keyboardist--Simeon Abbott--and a drummer, sounding electric and modernistic. Now she presents In The Past, her first release with her more acoustic quartet.

The line-up is the standard rhythm section ...

Jamie Reynolds: Grey Mirror

Read "Grey Mirror" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York-based pianist Jamie Reynolds set himself up with the challenge of conveying the realities of certain emotions musically. The result is Grey Mirror, a piano trio enhanced by the contributions of guitarist Matthew Stevens and The Westerlies, a two trumpet, two trombone quartet.

Reynolds proves himself a fine conceptualist, with some tunes featuring ...

Innocent When You Dream: Dirt In The Ground

Read "Dirt In The Ground" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Everybody loves Tom Waits. Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration. But a hell of a lot of musicians admire his work. There are far too many acts to list that have taken a stab at a single Waits song at one time or another--everybody from Diana Krall to The Ramones--and artists as dissimilar ...

Rebecca Hennessy's FOG Brass Band: Two Calls

Read "Two Calls" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Toronto-based trumpeter Rebecca Hennessy's FOG Brass Band, on Two Calls, sounds at times like a traditional brass band. The disc's, opening cut, “Red Herring," features a jumpy, tuba-driven rhythm, a soaring trombone solo, a frenetic trumpet turn with a scintillating piano backdrop, followed by Don Scott's hard rock electric guitar interlude. It is a compelling beginning ...

Dog Leg Dilemma: Not This Time

Read "Not This Time" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

A sonic cornucopia, Canadian electric jazz quartet Dog Leg Dilemma's debut Not This Timeunfolds like a deconstructed buffet. Bits and pieces of musical genres drop in and out of the album's seven compositions with John Woo freneticism, combining at seemingly random intervals as if someone swept the cutting room floor of a recording studio and then ...