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Marc Jordan: Both Sides

Read "Both Sides" reviewed by Edward Blanco

American-born Canadian singer and songwriter Marc Jordan, who covers a wide range of genres, including jazz, unveils his first album since 2013 with one of his finest recordings to date on the soft and breezy balladic Both Sides. Containing lush romantic jazz arrangements of contemporary standards and recorded with the Prague Symphony Orchestra featuring trumpeter Randy ...

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Kathleen Gorman: I Can See Clearly Now

Read "I Can See Clearly Now" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

I Can See Clearly Now testifies to the durability and pliability of everlasting songs while also opening up the floor to new ones. Kathleen Gorman, a pianist-vocalist-composer based in Toronto, fronts a quintet on a trip through six covers and four originals, speaking to truth through her own music and smartly-arranged renditions of some time-tested classics. ...

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Monica Chapman: Small World

Read "Small World" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Romanian-born, Toronto-based vocalist Monica Chapman delivers Small World, her third album since 2013, in a concept recording of songs from some of her favorite movies such as Gypsy, Band Wagon, Goldfinger, and Sweet Charity just to name a few. A classically-trained singer who performed musical theatre, Chapman had always had a passion for movies but was ...

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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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Kinga: Guess Who I Saw Today

Read "Guess Who I Saw Today" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Born in Poland and eventually settling in Ottawa, Ontario, Canadian songstress Kinga reveals her debut recording Guess Who I Saw Today presenting a terrific selection of standards and reimagined classics produced and arranged by friend and pianist extraordinaire Bill King. Gifted with a dark crisp voice, Kinga's love for jazz was developed at an early age ...

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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 ...

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David Buchbinder: Walk to the Sea

Read "David Buchbinder: Walk to the Sea" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Now that the exploration of the relationships between different ethnic musics and modern-day improvised music has reached the first of- hopefully-many crescendos, forward-looking artists such as the Canadian trumpeter David Buchbinder and pianist Hilario Duran have been looking at the many intersections of disparate-seeming ethnic musics through the same lens. Never mind the fact that a ...