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Mike Herriott: Isn't Life Grand

Read "Isn't Life Grand" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Canadian Award-winning trumpeter Mike Herriott is not only a prolific composer and arranger, he is a gifted multi-instrumentalist capable of writing, arranging and performing all of the music in an astounding one-person virtual band and does something similar to this on his seventh album as leader with the outstanding Isn't Life Grand. Taken from a track ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Waxwing: A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists

Read "A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The second album from this Vancouver-based trio--originally going by Wilson/Lee/Bentley, now known as Waxwing--is a study in contrasts. Idiosyncratic miniatures sit shoulder to shoulder with statements of serenity, eerie constructs and macabre scenarios are quickly replaced with comforting sounds, and uncertainty peaks around every corner. But there's a distinctive group sound and aesthetic here that transcends ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Blake: Tiddy Boom

Read "Tiddy Boom" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Michael Blake cita espressamente tre sassofonisti nelle rarefatte note di copertina di questo album: Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young e Ross Taggart. I primi due sono la fonte di ispirazione di questo eccellente Tiddy Boom, mentre Taggart viene menzionato soprattutto per ricordarne la figura, di recente scomparsa. Ma non sarebbe sbagliato tirare fuori dall'armadio anche ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Cellar Live Records: The Finest in Live Jazz Recordings

Read "Cellar Live Records: The Finest in Live Jazz Recordings" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

Cellar Live Records is a contemporary jazz label located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jazz saxophonist and producer Cory Weeds founded the label in 2001, one year after purchasing The Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club (later renamed Cory Weeds' Jazz Cellar). Since that time, Cellar Live Records has released over seventy albums. Performers at Cory ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question

Read "In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suppose a month goes by, you have a column to publish, but nothing has happened that's worth writing about. What do you do then? Read on, as the question is about to be answered. A while back there was a discussion at a Stan Kenton web site (Kentonia) about musicians or groups of ...

Presenting The Ross Taggart Trio

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2009
Track listing: Ella's Walk; Lament For Someone; Never Let Me Go; Tanara; Mr. Randle; February; Hogtown Blues; There Is No Greater Love: Lady Of The Lavender Mist.

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Cellar Live: Cory Weeds & Ross Taggart

Read "Cellar Live: Cory Weeds & Ross Taggart" reviewed by Graham L. Flanagan

Cory WeedsEverything's Coming Up WeedsCellar Live2009 Ross TaggartPresenting Ross TaggartCellar Live2009 For Canadians, it sure is a good time to be a jazz fan. Much of the reason can be ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ross Taggart: Presenting The Ross Taggart Trio

Read "Presenting The Ross Taggart Trio" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The unique talent of Ross Taggart has been heralded on many occasions by Benny Golson, Dr. Lonnie Liston Smith, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, and Fraser MacPherson, although it has almost always meant that he played a subordinate role. His first outing as a leader was as a tenor saxophonist on Ross Taggart & Co. (Boathouse Records, ...


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