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Mike Murley: Taking Flight

Read "Taking Flight" reviewed by Don Phipps

Mike Murley's Taking Flight is a candlelight romance of well-chosen covers and two original compositions. At times, Murley's sax sound is slightly reminiscent of Ben Webster while, when he plays ballads, one can hear echoes of John Coltrane. In short, his sound is sweet and warm. Combining this sound with the elegant contributions of his bandmates ...


David Liebman / Mike Murley: Day and Night

Read "Day and Night" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Day and Night is a smoking live set featuring saxophonists Dave Liebman and Mike Murley, supported by bassist Jim Vivian and drummer Ian Froman, with pianist Jeff Johnston guesting on the fiery closer, John Coltrane's “India." Recorded for CBC Radio [Canadian Broadcasting Corporation] during the 2003 Atlantic Jazz Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, it was released ...


Billy Taylor - Gerry Mulligan: Live at MCG

Read "Live at MCG" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sono otto gli standard e due le composizioni originali di questa ottima incisione del ’93, firmata dall’inedito duo Mulligan/Taylor. Incontri come questo, all’insegna del bel suonare, imperversano da sempre nei festival e nella produzione discografica. A rendere interessante l’ascolto del disco è la classe immensa del magnifico baritonista. È una vera goduria per il fortunato acquirente del CD ...


New York Voices: A Day Like This

Read "A Day Like This" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Si dirà: tutta colpa dei Manhattan Transfer se in giro ci sono ancora gruppi di vocalese pronti a cantarcele a cappella o a dialogare con quello o quell’altro genere che sia pop, rock, jazz o bossa. Vizietti per solo voci, acrobazie e armonizzazioni lisce come il velluto e piene di quelle atmosfere radical chic che non guastano mai. Tutto ...


Mark Eisenman: Apparition

Read "Apparition" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Mark Eisenman is new to me, and I was surprised by this record. Eisenman, though born in New York City, has been based in Toronto since 1972, and has clearly positioned himself, quite proudly, on the conservative side of the jazz spectrum.

What this means, especially with respect to Apparition, is that Eisenman's ...


Murley / Braid Quartet: Mnemosyne's March

Read "Mnemosyne's March" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The Canadian scene is like any other in that players find each other--and when things click, they end up in each other's bands. This terrific quartet is led by veteran saxophonist Mike Murley and pianist David Braid, a brash youngster who is making a big and deserved splash. Jim Vivian, another veteran (whose playing was notable ...


Murley/Braid Quartet: Mnemosyne's March

Read "Mnemosyne's March" reviewed by John Kelman

Jazz festivals typically trade on the cachet of well-known acts to attract audiences, but the best performances often come from lesser-knowns. At the 2004 Ottawa International Jazz Festival, one of the undisputed highlights was a performance by the nascent Murley/Braid Quartet.

No stranger to Canadian audiences, saxophonist Mike Murley has accrued numerous awards for work as ...