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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


The Speed Of Time

Label: SteepleChase Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Speed Of Time; Could It Be?: Widen The Doorway; Wandering?; Fast 5th; Velocity Unknown; Still A Thing; Tooth and Nail.


Article: Album Review

Andrew Rathbun: The Speed Of Time

Read "The Speed Of Time" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Not one to avoid concepts and ambitious outings, Andrew Rathbun's to-date masterpiece, The Atwood Suites (Origin Records, 2018), explored the poetry of his countrywoman, writer Margaret Atwood. In 2023, he tackles time. Time is a funny thing. Its perceived speed is malleable. It tends toward an increasing velocity as one moves into middle age ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

JD Parran and Mark Deutsch, Daniel Carter, & Irreversible Entanglements

Read "JD Parran and Mark Deutsch, Daniel Carter, & Irreversible Entanglements" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

California Street Sessions, a new duo recording by reed master JD Parran and bassist Mark Deutsch, is intriguing, particularly when consider the instrumentation: Parran plays a seldom-heard contralto clarinet while Deutsch plays the bazantar, a hybrid bass that he invented himself. The music's excellent too. Other new albums sampled this week come from Daniel Carter and ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Les McCann, Phil Markowitz, Melba Liston & Audrey Ochoa

Read "Les McCann, Phil Markowitz, Melba Liston & Audrey Ochoa" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the 822nd episode of Neon Jazz with Canadian trombonist Audrey Ochoa and music from her 2023 album The Head of a Mouse. From there, we hear from the legendary Melba Liston. As the hour continues, we dig into new music from Joe Alterman, Chris Lee, Andrew Rathbun and Kelly Jefferson. In between, we drop ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Patrick Cornelius, Gordon Lee, Axel Filip And More

Read "New Releases From Patrick Cornelius, Gordon Lee, Axel Filip And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature new releases from Patrick Cornelius, Gordon Lee, Axel Filip & Maleza, Marike van Dijk, Guillermo Klein Quintetto, Giuseppe Millaci & Vogue Trio, Christian Dillingham, Cheryl Pyle, Beyond Flute Group, Andrew Rathbun, Trapeze, Andrew Danforth, Wolfgang Muthspiel with Scott Colley & Brian Blade, and Ivan Lins. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 ...


Made in Kalamazoo - Trios and Duos

Label: Zoom Out
Released: 2022
Track listing: 1. Be Curious (For Billy Hart) 2. Douglass King Obama 3. Kzoo Brew 4. The Promise 5. Boiling Pot 6. Coming of Age 7. Creative Force 8. Well of Hope 9. Interlude 10. Mop It Up 11. Sweep 12. Get Up Get Out 13. Dream Sequence 14. Sympathetic Vibrations 15. Lakeside 16. My Man! 17. What You Say 18. Young Man's Game 19. Landscape 20. Thank You, Max



Label: Independent
Released: 2021
Track listing: Mercury; Venus (feat. Alex Mansour); Luna (interlude); Earth (feat. Santino Jones); Mars (feat. David Binney); Jupiter; Saturn (feat. John Hébert); Uranus; Neptune (feat. Julia Moffa); Pluto (Elegy for Richard)


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.


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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