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KMJO: Common Ground

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KMJO is shorthand for the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, and Common Ground is the third recording by the splendid Toronto-based group, following the well-received Deep Shadows (2011) and Family Suite for Large Ensemble (2012). This time around, the orchestra performs compositions by MacDonald arranged by one of Canada's premier co-pilots, Joe Sullivan.

The ...

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Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own

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One of the channels that came with my Dish Network package is Classic Arts Showcase, which is a treasure trove of film clips documenting classical, ballet, folk, pop and other forms of music that one is unlikely to see anywhere else (although some footage is presumably available on YouTube, which more and more seems to encompass ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ottawa Jazz Festival, Days 4-8: June 21-23, 2012

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Days 1-3 | Days 4-8


TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada

June 21-Jul 1, 2012

With a total of five main venues--the main stage at Confederation Park, the Studio and Fourth Stage in the National Arts Centre, the OLG Stage tent across the street from Confederation Park at City ...

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John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim Doxas: Ottawa, Canada, May 26, 2012

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John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim Doxas
Geggie Concert Series
NAC Fourth Stage, Ottawa, Canada
May 26, 2012

For his final show of the 2011/2012 Geggie Concert Series, Ottawa bassist John Geggie put together a group of Canadian musicians who are all deserving of broader international recognition. A down-the-middle mainstream jazz ...

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Will Fisher: Portage

Read "Portage" reviewed by Dave Sumner

Whereas some drummers lead the charge and others spur on the ensemble from behind, Will Fisher takes the approach of examining the landscape from above and letting his rhythms settle down into the seams between the notes of others. The opening “The Great Karoo" puts this method on display right from word go. Guitarist Mikko Hilden ...

Stan Kenton-UW Eau Claire / Kirk MacDonald Orchestra / Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

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Stan Kenton Orchestra/UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble 1

Double Feature, Vol. 3

Tantara Productions

2012

Volume 3 in Tantara's ongoing two-CD series of Double Features, encompassing heretofore unissued music by the Stan Kenton Orchestra and guests, covers parts of five Kenton concerts spanning the years 1971-77 on Disc 1, and presents ...

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Ottawa Jazz Festival, Days 1-3: June 23-25, 2011

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Days 1-3 | Days 4-6

TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 23-25, 2011
2011 represents something of a gamble--and no shortage of controversy--for the TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival. After a financial loss in 2010 that wasn't especially large in relative terms, but was nevertheless significant, the ...

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Nancy Walker: New Hieroglyphics

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Amidst an overcrowded community, even the cream of the crop has difficulty getting heard beyond their own locales. A regular visitor to relatively nearby Ottawa, Toronto-based Nancy Walker is an Ottawa Jazz Festival regular as part of John Geggie's trio at the late night jam sessions--also participating on the bassist's recent Across the Sky (Plunge, 2010), ...

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Ottawa Jazz Festival 2010: Days 1-3, June 24-26, 2010

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Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 | Days 7-9 | Days 10-11
Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio
Etienne Charles and Folklore / Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers
Bill Frisell 858 Quartet

TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
June 24-26, 2010
Back in April 2010, when the TD Ottawa International ...

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Nancy Walker: When She Dreams

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The dividends paid by working with the same core group of musicians can be significant. Canadian pianist Nancy Walker has been working with bassist Kieran Overs and drummer Barry Romberg since her '97 début, Invitation , and has continued to do so for her subsequent releases, '00's Luminosity and '02's Levitation. For her latest release, When ...