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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Gordon Grdina, John Surman, Moppa Elliott , And More

Read "New Releases From Gordon Grdina, John Surman, Moppa Elliott , And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On the show we feature two tracks from the new album from John Surman . There are also dual releases from Moppa Elliott and Gordon Grdina. Other featured albums are from Diego Rivera, Albert Vila, Tim Berne's Sunny Five, Ada Rovatti, Cliff Korman, Guillaume Gargaud and Eero Savela, Mary Halvorson, and Brian Dickinson.Playlist Show ...

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Septology

Label: HGBS
Released: 2023
Track listing: Dig That!; The Time Being; Waltz You Needn’t; Silent Voices; Highway 9; Shadows; Terre de DuSable; One Thing Led to Another.

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Article: Album Review

Canadian Jazz Collective: Septology

Read "Septology" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Canadian Jazz Collective is a septet comprised of several of that country's leading jazz musicians. Trumpeter Derrick Gardner, tenor saxophonist Kirk MacDonald and guitarist Lorne Lofsky certainly need no introduction to jazz fans, in Canada or most anywhere else, nor do pianist Brian Dickinson, bassist Neil Swainson, drummer Bernd Reiter and clarinetist Virginia MacDonald. Septology, ...

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Avi Granite's In Good Hands

Label: Pet Mantis Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Like A Magazine - Pat LaBarbera; 19 Seconds Or Less - Ted Warren; Wayne Winks At The Radio - Scott Peterson; Rigar Breaks The Cage - Jim Lewis; Like John - Ted Quinlan; My Sunken Ship - Brian Kobayakawa; Y Not - Peter Lutek; Basho - Neal Davis; Tricycle Dreams - Brian Dickinson; Boston - Tom Richards; Critical Eddie - Nick Fraser;

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Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...

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Article: Album Review

Pat LaBarbera Kirk MacDonald Quintet: Trane of Thought, Live at the Rex

Read "Trane of Thought, Live at the Rex" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Sometimes the name of an album can be a dead giveaway. Clearly, tenors Pat La Barbera and Kirk MacDonald, the co-leaders of this admirable quintet from north of the border, are enthusiastic admirers and champions of the late great saxophonist John Coltrane. Disciples, yes, but leagues away from slavish imitators. LaBarbera and MacDonald have strong and ...

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Article: Album Review

John Macleod: The Toronto Sound

Read "The Toronto Sound" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Yes, this is Canada's John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra. And yes, this is the ensemble's third CD, The Toronto Sound. But close your eyes and listen carefully and it modulates into no less than an earnest albeit clandestine homage to Rob McConnell and the peerless Boss Brass. Is that a good thing? Beyond any ...

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The Rhythm Method

Label: Addo Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Orion; Open Season; Bon Voyage; Moonshine; 'Tude; The Rhythm Method Suite: Lennie's Loonies; Trane Trip; Stepping Out; It's Hugh Or Nolan; Raking Leaves.

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Article: Album Review

The Brian Dickinson Quintet: The Rhythm Method

Read "The Rhythm Method" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Toronto-based pianist Brian Dickinson explores the “quintet with a two sax front line" on The Rhythm Method. He takes his lead from the somewhat overlooked pianist/conceptualist Lennie Tristano, who broke the ground with his historic 1949 Capitol Sessions featuring Lee Konitz on alto sax and Warne Marsh on tenor sax; and with his 1956 recordings with ...


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