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Lina Allemano Four, Pipe Dream

Label: Lumo Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Banana Canon; Pipe Dream (on Prokofiev Theme); Dragon Fruit; [Plague Diaries, Part I.] Intro: Longing; [Plague Diaries, Part I.] Longing; [Plague Diaries, Part II.] Intro: Trying Not to Freak Out; [Plague Diaries, Part II.] Trying Not to Freak Out; [Plague Diaries, Part III.] Intro: Hunger and Murder; [Plague Diaries, Part III.] Hunger and Murder; [Plague Diaries, Part IV.] Doom and Doomer


Pipe Dream

Label: Lumo Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Banana Canon; Pipe Dream (on Prokofiev theme); Dragon Fruit; Plague Diaries: Intro: Longing; Longing; Intro: Trying Not to Freak Out; Trying Not to Freak Out; Intro: Hunger and Murder; Hunger and Murder; Doom and Doomer.


Article: Live Review

Celebrating and Reflecting Back on Guelph Jazz Festival @ 30

Read "Celebrating and Reflecting Back on Guelph Jazz Festival @ 30" reviewed by Josef Woodard

Guelph Jazz Festival Guelph Otario, Canada September 14-17, 2023 There are precious few jazz festivals in the Americas adhering to what could be called the Triple-A curatorial mandate: adventurous, avant-garde and art-centric. These special cases cling to a commercially fragile, demographically marginal--and also culturally vital--realm and mission. Such conditions make ...


Article: Album Review

Aline’s étoile magique: éclipse

Read "éclipse" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Whether 23andMe.com, MyHeritage.com, or ancestry.com can positively divine gypsy blood in award-winning, Canadian violinist Aline Homzy is conceptually and musically neither here nor there. What is important is that she jumps from the gate on her robust debut recording with a zesty momentum which she mightily sustains throughout. Homzy, who has no problem mixing ...


Article: Album Review

Lina Allemano Four: Pipe Dream

Read "Pipe Dream" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Recorded in the winter of 2021 during the heart of the COVID pandemic, it is understandable that Pipe Dream, the latest offering from the Lina Allemano Four, has an air of ominous foreboding. Indeed, much of the album is devoted to the “Plague Diaries," a suite inspired by some of the darker themes of that period ...


Article: Live Review

Brilliant Corners 2023

Read "Brilliant Corners 2023" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners Black Box jny:Belfast, N. Ireland 2-11 March, 2023 One of the highlights of Belfast's music calendar, Brilliant Corners' eleventh annual shindig served up thirteen concerts over nine days. As ever, the main venue was Black Box, where audiences were treated to the best of Irish, British, European and North ...


Desert Bloom

Label: Alma Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Between the Lines; Desert Bloom; Neptune; Shifting Baseline Syndrome; Shelter; It's All Part of the Plan; The Day Everything Stopped; The End of the Tunnel; Last More Time.


Article: Album Review

Triio: Six-ish Plateaus

Read "Six-ish Plateaus" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Canadian bassist Alex Fournier takes inspiration from some of the best, most notably bassist/cellist/composer Andrew Downing and bassist/composer Michael Formanek. Both of these mentors sit outside the mainstream, but not far off, within spitting distance we might say. Six-ish Plateaus, by Fournier's Triio—which is not a trio but rather a sextet--explores the hybrid of written material ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

3x3: Piano Trios: July 2022

Read "3x3: Piano Trios: July 2022" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Florian Hoefner Trio Desert Bloom Alma Records 2022 If the title of First Spring appropriately represented the Florian Hoefner Trio's first emergence, Desert Bloom is the picture of a colorful summer to follow--warmer, more vibrant, and at the same time more settled. As on their debut, the trio shows off an ...


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