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Robi Botos: Old Soul

Read "Old Soul" reviewed by Anya Wassenberg

Old Soul is a personal meditation wrapped up in a contemporary jazz album, offering complex yet accessible music with diverse influences that stem from Robi Botos' life story.

Pianist and multi-instrumentalist Robi Botos takes his core quartet of Seamus Blake on sax, Mike Downes on bass, and Larnell Lewis on drums through a collection ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Downes: Root Structure

Read "Root Structure" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Mike Downes likes to explore what rests at the heart of an idea and what makes things tick. That's essentially the notion that waters the roots of Root Structure. It's a thought process that gives Downes grounding while also freeing him from the constraints of a more rigid conceptual frame.

The three ...

Various Artists: Oscar, with Love

Read "Oscar, with Love" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To mark the ninetieth anniversary of the legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson's birth (August 15, 2015), Peterson's widow, Kelly Peterson, produced a tribute album for the ages: Oscar, with Love, a marvelous three-disc set comprising ten never-before-recorded Peterson compositions, nineteen of his better-known works and seven compositions written especially for him, performed by sixteen contemporary piano ...

Rich Brown: Abeng

Read "Abeng" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In jazz, it's all about the company you keep. The press accompanying bass virtuoso Rich Brown's third album, Abeng, specifically calls out Roy Ayers and Weather Report as musical reference points. And while there's a breath of Ayers' silky R&B feel to the slinky “Promessa," and though Brown's use of his fretless electric bass as a ...

Cinque: Catch A Corner

Read "Catch A Corner" reviewed by Dave Wayne

With legendary drummer Steve Gadd and organist Joey DeFrancesco in the lineup, and a clutch of Canada's top session men rounding out the personnel on Catch A Corner, Cinque gives a tip of the hat to the CTI label and its particular style of relaxed--but not smooth--jazz-funk. Olivia Cardinali's vivid cover photograph seems reminiscent of Pete ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Days 4-10: June 27-July 3, 2011

Read "TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Days 4-10: June 27-July 3, 2011" reviewed by Alain Londes

TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2011
Toronto, Canada
June 24-July 3, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

On Monday evening, fans had a few hard choices to make among the headliners. At Koerner Hall, award-winning Dee Dee Bridgewater paid tribute to Lady Day, Billie Holiday.

Meanwhile at the Enwave Theatre, Kurt Elling ...

Bill McBirnie: Mercy

Read "Mercy" reviewed by Paul J. Youngman

Bill McBirnie is an award-winning flutist, based in Toronto, Canada and Mercy is the fourth release on his own independent label, Extreme Flute. The album is divided into two parts with a quartet performing on seven songs, and a duo, featuring McBirnie and pianist Robi Botos, covering five songs. The liner notes indicate the project was ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival 2009

Read "TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival 2009" reviewed by Alain Londes

TD Canada Trust Toronto International Jazz Festival
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 26-July 5, 2009

The TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival enjoyed its 23rd edition this year with a structure similar to that of recent years. The Mainstage concerts in front of City Hall were a nightly focal point as well ...