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TuneTown: There From Here

Read "There From Here" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Tracing the historic path of this particular trio type--saxophone, bass and drums, no chordal instrument--leads back to saxophonist Sonny Rollins' A Night At The Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1958). The sound on that seminal recording is raw, rough around the edges, with the trio bumping through a bunch of familiar tunes, enjoying the freedom from chords. ...

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Chris Monson: Seldom in the Well

Read "Seldom in the Well" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Canadian guitarist Chris Monson's debut album, Seldom in the Well, is seldom strident or uninteresting, thanks in large measure to Monson's fluent compositions and arrangements, an able rhythm section, and a talented front line consisting of trumpeter Kevin Turcotte and tenor saxophonist Kelly Jefferson. On the other hand, the studio session seldom catches fire, as its ...

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Chris Monson: Seldom In The Wells

Read "Seldom In The Wells" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

What jumps out of the speakers at the beginning of the spin of Seldom in the Well--the debut of Toronto-based guitarist Chris Monson--is the full, rich sound. Part of that is the deft rhythm-section pairing of guitar and piano; part of it is Monson's arrangements, and some of “the sound" can certainly be attributed to the ...

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Artie Roth: Discern

Read "Discern" reviewed by Budd Kopman

It has been quite a while since we have heard from bassist Artie Roth, as almost ten years have elapsed since Parallels. 2013 saw the current quartet on Currently Experiencing, clips of which can be found here. Discern, this quartet's latest offering is a dark, moody and powerful set of compositions brought to life by Roth ...

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Artie Roth: Parallels

Read "Parallels" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Parallels, a collection of original compositions by bassist/leader/arranger Artie Roth, is another entry from the sizzling Canadian jazz scene. The quintet's front line of John MacLeod (flugelhorn) and Kelly Jefferson (tenor and soprano saxophones) receives support from the seemingly ubiquitous David Braid (piano), familiar from Set In Stone, Vivid, Beginnings and William Carn's Other Stories. Musicians ...