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Fred Hess Big Band / Timucua Jazz Orchestra / Michael Treni

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Fred Hess Big Band
Hold On
Dazzle Records
2010

When listening to Hold On, composer / arranger / saxophonist Fred Hess' fourteenth album as leader but first in front of a big band, one question immediately arises: What took him so long? As it turns out, recording his ...

Alain Bradette: State of Mind

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Contemporary: here today; now. However, in today's speed-of-light-is-too-slow world, that word is reminiscent of quantum physicists who, when viewing particles at subatomic levels, see activity that has already taken place. Ephemeral. Passé. Bland in essence, it has immediate and short-lived appeal. Such is the state sometimes with music categorized as “contemporary."

While one ...

Alex Clements / John Abraham / Zara Tellander: Between Stops

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Hailing from different backgrounds and cultures--all on separate musical journeys that have brought them together for a distinct purpose--begs the question: what do American drummer John Abraham, Canadian pianist Alex Clements and Swedish singer Zara Tellander have in common? The answer: a musical train ride that brings them together on Between Stops, offering a blend of ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Alex Clements

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Meet Alex Clements:
Alex Clements; so many adjectives can be used to describe the many facets of this talented, creative, well-rounded Canadian jazz pianist and composer. Clements is an internationally recognized artist, performing in the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Morocco, and Cyprus. One of Clements' highest accomplishments is an Alberta Achievement ...

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Alex Clements: Waiting For You

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On Waiting For You, Canadian pianist/composer Alex Clements shows that, with his already overactive musical life, he is still capable of turning out an interesting album. Clements is from Alberta, and was awarded the highly regarded Alberta Achievement Award. In addition to his writing for his alma mater, McGill University in Montreal, Clements is an active ...

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Alex Clements: Waiting For You...

Read "Waiting For You..." reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Well-educated Canadian pianist/composer Alex Clements gets around. He composes for his alma mater, the McGill University's Jazz Orchestra, and was a member of the peer assessment committee for grant endowments with the Canada Council of the Arts.



His performance career has taken him into North American jazz circles, highlighting his participation with ...

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Alex Clements: Emily's Song

Read "Emily's Song" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Solo piano may be the ultimate form of musical expression on the instrument. But a good percentage of the albums in that category seem to beg for a bass and drums, a boost of the rhythmic undercurrent to flesh out the keyboardist's ideas. Going solo, it's melody, rhythm and harmony in two hands, no safety net. ...