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Al Muirhead Al Muirhead has long been an iconic gure on the Canadian jazz scene. And the trumpeter, composer, arranger, sideman and recording artist has been making listeners take notice for longer than jazz fans might realize. Born in Regina in 1935, he was playing in the Regina Symphony and dance bands by age 12. Muirhead began to take notice of greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Louis Armstrong. While Muirhead’s playing is infused with the indelible in uence of the jazz giants, his owing, melodic sound is his own — and has become in uential in its own right. He unleashes melodies that are incredibly inventive and utterly timeless

It's About Time

Label: Chronograph Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1. Sleepy Time Down South 2. A Night In Tunisia 3. Ida Mae 4. Pennies From Heaven 5. It’s About Time 6. Stardust 7. Joy Spring 8. All Blues 9. Mr. Clean 10. Breakfast Wine 11. The Girl Next Door

Undertones

Label: Chronograph Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: A Tune for Cal; Rose Room; 'Deed I Do; Tenderly; You're My Everything; Take it to the Banks Tom!; Charade; S'posin'; I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You; Four Brothers.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jerry Vivino, Ken Burns Jazz, Quincy Jones and More

Read "Jerry Vivino, Ken Burns Jazz, Quincy Jones and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The long-time member of Conan O'Brien's Basic Cable Band Mr. Jerry Vivino kicks off this week's episode with music from his latest album Coast to Coast recorded with his good friend and legendary jazz cat Bucky Pizzarelli. From there, we move into another great album by the Organ Jazz Trio, a Kansas City institution led by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Al Muirhead's Canadian Quintet: Undertones

Read "Undertones" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Swing was the thing, until alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and pianist Bud Powell helped give birth to bebop, and alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman set jazz free. Not that swing ever went away, it just got bumped into the back seat. So when “Confirmation" and “Dance of the Infidels" wailed on the dashboard radio, ...

Northern Adventures

Label: Chronograph Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Love Me or Leave Me; They Can’t Take That Away from Me; Night & Day; I’ve Never Been in Love Before; Come Rain or Come Shine; Emily; Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; The Nearness of You; How Insensitive; You’ll Never Know; All the Things You Are; Nice Work If You Can Get it.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Ottawa, Canada June 23-26, 2017 Amongst the most significant challenges that face any festival is, as the gray and no-hair crowd continues to age, finding ways to cultivate and grow a younger audience. But when you're a Canadian festival, another major challenge is a simple fiscal fact: most ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Al Muirhead: Northern Adventures

Read "Northern Adventures" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When you've been a musician as long as Al Muirhead has, you not only earn many friends in the business, you also recognize who among them can play. For Northern Adventures, Muirhead's second album as leader of his own group, the eighty-one-year-old Canadian trumpeter assembled a who's who of the finest musicians his country has to ...

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Label: Chronograph Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: 1. The Theme 2. I’ve Got The World On A String 3. If You Could See Me Now 4. Al’s Tune 5. But Not For Me 6. A Child Is Born 7. Black Orpheus 8. Blue Room 9. I Can’t Get Started 10. Moose The Mooche 11. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart


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