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Al Muirhead: Northern Adventures

Read "Northern Adventures" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When you've been a musician as long as Al Muirhead has, you not only earn many friends in the business, you also recognize who among them can play. For Northern Adventures, Muirhead's second album as leader of his own group, the eighty-one-year-old Canadian trumpeter assembled a who's who of the finest musicians his country has to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Rud: Miniatures

Read "Miniatures" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What to do, what to do, what to do? That question must always be swimming around the mind of the creative performer. And for those who reap some sort of critical success with their work, it's magnified, as the listening public, no doubt, also ponders the next move. When faced with this endless sea of choice, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Hum: Alpha Moment

Read "Alpha Moment" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Peter Hum's second album--Alpha Moment--was recorded back in December of 2011, but there's good reason for the fact that it's only just seeing the light of day in 2015: Hum has had his hands full, serving as the restaurant critic at the Ottawa Citizen, delivering some of the most informative and insightful jazz journalism out ...

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Mike Rud: Notes On Montreal

Read "Notes On Montreal" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Do you have to be intimately familiar with a specific locale and its literary representations and intimates in order to appreciate music that's inextricably linked to it? Guitarist Mike Rud's Notes On Montreal raises that question, but it's a question that can never truly be answered. For it's up to each individual artist to find a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Christine Jensen: Impressionism

Read "Christine Jensen: Impressionism" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] I was first exposed to alto saxophonist Christine Jensen through working with her trumpet playing sister Ingrid Jensen. We played some of her music, which really struck me as direct, mature, grounded and highly creative. Later on I got to meet ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

GuitarNow! 2013, Day Two: Ottawa, Canada, May 4, 2013

Read "GuitarNow! 2013, Day Two: Ottawa, Canada, May 4, 2013" reviewed by John Kelman

First Annual GuitarNow! Festival, Day TwoKailash Mital TheatreCarleton UniversityOttawa, CanadaMay 4, 2013When local guitarist Roddy Ellias--the recipient, that very week, of one of the Jazz Journalist Association's Jazz Hero awards for 2013 (the only Canadian on the list)--created the concept of the first annual GuitarNow! Festival with Carleton University, ...

Live From Lotusland

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2005
Track listing: Laurier Luxury Walk; Blues For Junior; R.B.'s Line; Persona Non Grata; Suangel; Hap Hap Happy!; A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square; Punctillious; I'll Be Seeing You.

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Mike Rud: Live From Lotusland

Read "Live From Lotusland" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

Canadian guitarist Mike Rud is a player of great touch and lyricism. Live From Lotusland features nine tracks recorded at CBC studios in Vancouver from 2002-04. The music within is highly melodic and inviting, featuring musicians who are clearly at ease with each other. Ray Brown's great “Blues For Junior is given a magnificent ...


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