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Adrean Farrugia

Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano. Since the late 1990s, Adrean has been in high demand as a freelance performer and educator as well as keeping a busy schedule, mainly as a sought-after sideman, contributing composer and collaborator, touring extensively across Canada and the United States as well as in venues across Europe, Australia, the UK, Israel and Japan with a diverse range of artists and musical projects including: Ernie Watts, Matt Dusk, the Brad Goode Group (featuring Ernie Watts and Adam Nussbaum), Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop (featuring saxophonist Joel Frahm), Heather Bambrick, the Johnny Griffith Quintet, Kiki Misumi, Tim Shia’s “Worst Pop Band Ever”, the Bob Brough Quartet, and the Darcy Hepner Big Band

Old Flames Never Die

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Stars; Two Faces in the Dark; My, How the Time Goes By; The Moon is a Harsh Mistress; If You Leave Paris; I Got Lost in His Arms; Old Flames Never Die; There Is No Music; Above the Clouds; Both Sides Now; Why Think About Tomorrow.

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Peter Campbell: Old Flames Never Die

Read "Old Flames Never Die" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's a “square peg, round hole" problem holding vocalist Peter Campbell back in the renown department. He doesn't fall into the resounding soul-stirrer category, à la Gregory Porter, the bop poet-philosopher niche, ruled by Kurt Elling, the pure experimentalist's camp, typified by Theo Bleckmann, the neo-soul realm, occupied by José James, the group-minded singer-songwriter space(s), elevated ...

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Label: G-B Records
Released: 2019
Duration: 4:57

Play On Words

Label: G-B Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Gordian Knot; Ishtar Fan; Round Shot; All Stops to Oshawa; In Vino Veritas; Mr. P.L.; Not With a Wimp But a Banker; Unfit to be Prez; Till the Clouds Roll By; Keep it Stupid;

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Brad Goode: That's Right!

Read "That's Right!" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The first collaboration between trumpeter Brad Goode and saxophonist Ernie Watts is a case study in superior musicianship and improvisation. It also illustrates how two frontline performers and their supporting band can achieve excellence as a creative ensemble. The kickoff, “Half Moon," an original from pianist Adrean Farrugia, is reminiscent of the popular ...

Blued Dharma

Label: Gb Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Blued Dharma; Cherokee II; For Murray Gold; Gospell; Nobody Else But Me; Cherokee I; Half Moon.

Blue Dharma

Label: GBRecords
Released: 2018
Track listing: Blue Dharma; Cherokee; For Murray Gold; Gospell; Nobody Else But Me; Cool Beans; Cherokee I; Half Moon (for Sophia).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brad Goode: That's Right!

Read "That's Right!" reviewed by Jim Trageser

With a fat, rich tone somewhere between French classical trumpeter Maurice André and the flugelhorn of Chuck Mangione, Brad Goode has the ultimate calling card for a jazz player: An immediately recognizable sound. The fact that he's also got an upper register to rival Maynard Ferguson makes Goode one of the most underknown of jazz players. ...

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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 ...


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