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Andrew Rathbun

Toronto native Andrew Rathbun is widely esteemed as one of the most creative and accomplished saxophonists, composers and bandleaders of his generation. On tenor and soprano saxophones he has achieved a rare depth of lyricism, authoritative swing and compositional intelligence. Recording steadily as a leader since the late 1990s, he has documented his stirring original music with an array of extraordinary lineups, featuring the talents of such greats as Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart, George Garzone, Phil Markowitz and Bill Stewart. “Rathbun’s lines dance and glide,” writes David Whiteis of JazzTimes, “reflecting both childlike wonder and well-honed artistry.” Rooted in the fiery improvisatory legacy of post-bop jazz, Rathbun’s music is also deeply informed by classical composition

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Northern Noir

Label: SteepleChase Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Strange Fruit; Dr. Mabuse The Gambler; The Spiral Staircase; Midnight Sun; The Wild One; For George; Pannonica; Judy; Of The Little North Wind; For Wayne; I Should Care; Laura; There's Been A Change; For Kenny; Vertigo; Streetcar Named Desire; Throw It Away; Strange Fruit.

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Article: Year in Review

John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020

Read "John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020" reviewed by John Pietaro


It would be a fool's errand in a covid-damaged society to attempt a peaceably gathered year's end “Best of" list, in jazz or any other genre or medium. But artists of jazz and all avant gardes have been especially susceptible to the considerable financial ebbing and health concerns of this period. Discussing this concept with my ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Ran Blake: Gray Moon, When Soft Rains Fall and Northern Noir

Read "Ran Blake: Gray Moon, When Soft Rains Fall and Northern Noir" reviewed by John Ephland


I'm a sucker for musical duets. Duets that make me feel like I'm in the same room with the two of them. Here we have three recent releases with the iconoclastic, legendary Ran Blake, now 83, in what is his most typical setting. Yes, to hear Blake paired up like this is to hear ...

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Two Islands III

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2018
Duration: 9:57

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Article: Album Review

Aubrey Johnson: Unraveled

Read "Unraveled" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Serving as a statement of elucidation, exploration and emotional reasoning, Unraveled lays bare a unique soul while presenting a clear-headed means of disentangling complex artistic threads. It's an album that's as sophisticated as it is accessible and as personal as it is universal in its line(s) of thought. In short, it's a debut destined to stand ...

Article: Album Review

Andrew Rathbun: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Sassofonista e orchestratore canadese, Andrew Rathbun ha 47 anni e una ricca carriera alle spalle, svolta negli Stati Uniti con studi al New England Conservatory sotto la guida di Ran Blake e dal 1997 professionalmente a New York in vari contesti. A partire dal debutto del 1999 con Scatter Some Stones, ha inciso alcuni dischi da ...

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Article: Album Review

Andrew Rathbun: Character Study

Read "Character Study" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The political and social landscape of the last couple of years has inspired music that expresses anger, sorrow, solidarity and other strong feelings. For saxophonist Andrew Rathbun, the times have brought up reflections on what “character" means and what is the place of integrity, honesty and conviction in the modern world. Some of this was addressed ...

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Article: Radio

Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann

Read "Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The first Week of the annual WFDU.FM February Fund Drive included new releases from pianists Lisa Hilton, Kait Dunton, Ellen Rowe and saxophonist Jordan Pettay with birthday shout outs to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jeanne Lee, Jutta Hipp, and Melody Gardot, among others. In the second hour, Debra Mann is remembered after news of her passing and ...

Article: Radio

A Focus on Mario Pavone & More

Read "A Focus on Mario Pavone & More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week a focus on master bassist Mario Pavone who, after a life of partnerships with the likes of Paul Bley, Bill Dixon, Thomas Chapin, Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Marty Ehrlich and others of similar status, has come to the fore in recent years with his own releases as leader. In addition a selection of ...


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