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John Pittman: Kinship

Read "Kinship" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The ineluctable charms of John Pittman's music may very well be connected to the sense of fellow feeling he projects on this, his debut album. For in these eight songs, the Canadian trumpeter promotes a sense of togetherness and unity that cuts not only to the title at hand, but also to the very core of ...

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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 ...

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Shirantha Beddage: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The fact that Momentum is only Shirantha Beddage's third album as a leader since 2007 suggests that he's either putting a lot of thought into his music, or that he has a lot of other stuff going on. One thing he has going on is composing music for the FX television series Fargo. Still, it's kind ...

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Mike Downes: In the Current

Read "In the Current" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In the Current, the fifth recording as leader by Canadian bassist Mike Downes--who doubles as composer / arranger--is the second (in a row) with an aqueous theme and the first performed by his “little big band," the Parallel Streams Ensemble. Downes' album Ripple Effect, recorded with his trio and special guest guitarist Ted Quinlan, earned a ...

Will Fisher: Portage

Read "Portage" reviewed by Dave Sumner

Whereas some drummers lead the charge and others spur on the ensemble from behind, Will Fisher takes the approach of examining the landscape from above and letting his rhythms settle down into the seams between the notes of others. The opening “The Great Karoo" puts this method on display right from word go. Guitarist Mikko Hilden ...

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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 ...