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Adrean Farrugia: Blued Dharma

Read "Blued Dharma" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

The duet outing Blued Dharma by pianist Adrean Farrugia and tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm is a nuanced affair suitable as background to a quiet evening but also worthy of closer reading.

The title track epitomizes the whole. Contemplative, balanced, subtly blended, tonally stolid, inviting, consequential. Throughout the following seven pieces, the pattern of ruminative ...

Adrean Farrugia / Joel Frahm: Blued Dharma

Read "Blued Dharma" reviewed by Anya Wassenberg

Long time collaborators and bandmates Adrean Farrugia and Joel Frahm explore the musical possibilities of jazz piano and saxophone on Blued Dharma with a playful and melodic take. The release offers an intriguing variety of expression and approaches.

In “Blued Dharma," the title track, the two instruments wind in and around each other in ...

Adrean Farrugia/Joel Frahm: Blued Dharma

Read "Blued Dharma" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Blued Dharma, a duet outing by pianist Adrean Farrugia and tenor and soprano saxophonist Joel Frahm, opens with the title tune, a simpatico, lighter-than-air composition. The instrumentalists banter and extemporize, bat ideas back and forth and explore melodic main roads and sideroads. So it is for the full album of inspired interplay.

Having played ...

Ernie Watts Quartet: Wheel of Time

Read "Wheel of Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On the Buddy Rich band's album Big Swing Face (circa 1967), Ernie Watts unleashes a blazing alto sax solo on the title track that is guaranteed to send chills up and down the spine and leave listeners wondering, “How did he do that?" Now, almost half a century later, the seventy-year-old Watts continues to weave those ...

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Turboprop Buzzes British Columbia Hinterland

Read "Turboprop Buzzes British Columbia Hinterland" reviewed by Mark Holston

Turboprop
The Arts Station
Fernie, British Columbia
March 17, 2015

Fernie, a small ski resort of 5,000 surrounded some of the most spectacular Alpine scenery in the Pacific Northwest, might seem like the last place on earth where world class jazz talent would be presented on a regular basis. Tucked away ...

Ernesto Cervini: Turboprop

Read "Turboprop" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Toronto jazz drummer Ernesto Cervini presents his fourth album as leader with the high-flying Turboprop offering a sophisticated modern jazz sound in a ten-piece repertoire of originals and standard material from the likes of Charlie Parker and Keith Jarrett among others. A robust drummer with a forceful presence on the drums, Cervini's style is reminiscent of ...

Johnny Griffith: Dance With The Lady

Read "Dance With The Lady" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Canadian saxophonist and composer Johnny Griffith is a multi-JUNO Award nominee and leads a vibrant quintet of first-call musicians on their debut recording entitled Dance With The Lady, comprised of nine stellar originals in the contemporary jazz mold exhibiting influences from the great Joe Henderson, Kenny Wheeler, Andrew Hill and Anton Weber among others. Grounded in ...

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Johnny Griffith: Dance With The Lady

Read "Dance With The Lady" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Can jazz stay the inventive course while remaining true to its swinging precedents and historical framework(s)? This record makes the argument that it can.

Toronto-based saxophonist Johnny Griffith has put together a program of original music that's firmly grounded in tradition, yet his approaches aren't rigidly dogmatic in nature; in other words, this ...