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Solon McDade: Murals

Read "Murals" reviewed by Anya Wassenberg

An inventive sense of composition characterizes Murals by Toronto-based jazz bassist and composer Solon McDade. As a composer, McDade possesses a dramatic sense of structure that is always multi-layered, and constantly shifting in mood and tone.

“He's A Problem In The Locker Room" intertwines tenor and alto sax over a driving drum and busy ...

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Joshua Rager Nonet: Jondo

Read "Jondo" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's hard to decide what to make of this. Canadian-based composer / pianist Joshua Rager has assembled a splendid corps of musicians, nine in all (plus trumpeter Andy King on the three-part “Prodigal Son Suite"), to perform seven of the leader's original themes, one by Andre White and another by the Hollywood songwriting team of Al ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joe Sullivan Big Band: Unfamiliar Surroundings

Read "Unfamiliar Surroundings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Unfamiliar Surroundings, a well-designed two-CD set by trumpeter Joe Sullivan's all-star ensemble from north of the border, consists of three disparate suites, two on Disc 1, the other on Disc 2. If the surroundings seem unfamiliar, the music is not, as it honors the legendary bellwethers of the Big Band Era without echoing any of them. ...