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Fraser Hollins: Aerial

Read "Aerial" reviewed by Pascal-Denis Lussier

One word: Grand.

A fitting description of bassist Fraser Hollins' 2010 album, Aerial, his first as composer and leader, because, vaguely, in many ways, this is a grand album. Before accusing anyone of hyperbole, please read on. Montreal-based, Ottawa-raised bassist Fraser Hollins' reputation as a well-schooled, gifted accompanist and fine, inventive soloist is set ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzdor Berlin 2013: Berlin, Germany, June 5-8, 2013

Read "Jazzdor Berlin 2013: Berlin, Germany, June 5-8, 2013" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazzdor Berlin 2013
Kesselhaus in der Kulturbrauerei
Berlin, Germany
June 5-8, 2013

The Jazzdor festival is part of Berlin's still highly attractive cultural and artistic climate of the post- wall era. The seventh edition of this four-day festival took place during the first week of June, 2013 at the Kesselhaus of a former brewery in ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Karl Jannuska: Streaming

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Karl Jannuska

Streaming

Paris Jazz Underground Records

2010

Studies demonstrate that everyone pays more attention to a female voice--the more alluring, the better the attention--and this, regardless of gender. Singer Sienna Dahlen has an extremely alluring voice, one that could sell rainwater in a snowstorm. This may ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Karl Jannuska: Liberating Vines

Read "Liberating Vines" reviewed by Paul Olson

Liberating Vines is both the name of expatriate Canadian (now Paris-based) drummer Karl Jannuska's new CD and of his Montréal group with altoist Brodie West, tenorist Kelly Jefferson, bassist Fraser Hollins, and pianist John Sadowy. The album's compositions and arrangements are all by Jannuska, and the detailed, rigorous post bop performed here makes Liberating Vines the ...