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Speak Your Name

Label: CD Baby
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Pink Elephants (3:44) 2. Wanderlust (4:29) 3. Speak Your Name (3:05) 4. Downpour (4:11) 5. The Collective Perspective (3:40) 6. Rebirth (3:20) 7. Emanation (1:53) 8. FTL (2:43) 9. Gradients (1:12) 10. Tangerines (3:52)

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Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School: Aftermath

Read "Aftermath" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Aftermath is the second album by composer / arranger / tenor saxophonist Chelsea McBride's Toronto-based Socialist Night School. It's a bright-eyed ensemble, comprised for the most part of young musicians who are fully on board with McBride's contemporary approach to big-band jazz (think Muhal Richard Abrams, Julius Hemphill, Darcy James Argue or Charles Mingus with a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School: The Twilight Fall

Read "The Twilight Fall" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As is the case with her largely anomalous music, composer / arranger Chelsea McBride's Toronto-based Socialist Night School is less a brick-and-mortar academy than a malleable concept, open to almost whatever definition the viewer (or listener) has in mind. McBride doesn't simply “write" music, she “sees" it, much as a painter visualizes what is to adorn ...

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Elizabeth Shepherd: Signal

Read "Signal" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Montreal-based singer Elizabeth Shepherd gently stirs jazz with an underground pop aesthetic in Signal. Similar to the fresh styles of contemporaries such as Esperanza Spalding and Gretchen Parlato, Shepherd's appeal is heard in her multifaceted gifts as a songwriter, musician, and composer; attributes which garnered her a Juno Award nomination for Best Vocal Jazz Album for ...

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Rallidae: Paper Birds

Read "Paper Birds" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The British Trust For Ornithology helpfully explains that the Rallidae is a family of birds that includes such less-than-romantic species as the moorhen and the coot. Paper Birds is the debut release from a somewhat different Rallidae--a Brooklyn-based trio that combines improvisation with strong melodies and narratives. The Brooklyn Rallidae is led by Canadian ...


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