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Cory Weeds Little Big Band: Explosion

Read "Explosion" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The size and makeup of a “little big band" depend above all on what the leader has in mind. In this case, leader Cory Weeds patterned his ensemble (four brass, four reeds, three rhythm) after similar groups led by tenor saxophonists Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis and Gene Ammons, and what he had in mind was a mid-sized ...

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Michael Blake: Fulfillment

Read "Fulfillment" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

I fatti da cui Michael Blake prende lo spunto per realizzare le musiche di Fulfillment risalgono al 1914, ma sono tristemente attuali. Un dramma dell'immigrazione, verificatosi a Vancouver, quando una nave a vapore giapponese, la Komagata Maru, fu respinta con il suo carico umano di quasi quattrocento persone provenienti dall'India orientale. Solo a ventiquattro migranti fu ...

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Michael Blake: In the Grand Scheme of Things

Read "In the Grand Scheme of Things" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The beginning of an unusual release, “Road to Lusaka" is the first track from Canadian-born, New York-based saxophonist Michael Blake's In the Grand Scheme of Things. While maybe not as widely known in some circles, Blake is a masterful practitioner of the art form who is at ease working in or outside of the mainstream with ...

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The Night Crawlers: Down in the Bottom

Read "Down in the Bottom" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Various shades of indigo, as in the blues, are more than suggested on Down in the Bottom, by Vancouver, Canada's The Night Crawlers. The music is crafted around the alliterative, musical hyperbole-flinging sound of the Hammond B3 organ. Cofounder Cory Weeds suggests that this is tribute to the Hammond B3 bands of the '50s and '60s, ...

After the City Has Gone: Quiet

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2008
Track listing: Disc 1: Metres Per second; To Sink in Posture; Living Candles; Viewpoint 1; Prelude in D; Turnstiles: Many Skies; Beauty Walks in This World; Bees; The Seeds of My Departure; Viewpoint 2; As Pointless as the Weather; D.S.; With Such Unsettled Heart; The Loves of the Angels.

Disc 2: Write by Return to Your Longing; The Melody That Is; Guilty gates; #47; Moonshine Run; Command and Promise; On the Back of a Tiger; The Lasting Taste of Spring; Storied Walls; Silence of faded Emblem; The Evening

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Chris Gestrin: After the City Has Gone: Quiet

Read "After the City Has Gone: Quiet" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

“Non mi piace parlare di musica perché, come ogni forma d’arte, essa si relaziona in maniera differente con ciascuna persona“. E in effetti ascoltando After the City Has Gone: Quiet, ultimo lavoro discografico del pianista, compositore ed ingegnere del suono canadese Chris Gestrin, verrebbe da seguire alla lettera l’affermazione che apre le stringate note di copertina ...

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Chris Gestrin: After the City Has Gone: Quiet

Read "After the City Has Gone: Quiet" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Back in 2004, Chris Gestrin (piano, prepared piano, percussion) went into a studio in Vancouver to record his music. He had a dream and he wanted to realize it with musicians that he had long wanted to play with and those that had made a mark on the improvised music scene. Some of it was written, ...

The Distance

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2006
Track listing: Ferns; Treacle; #47; Dark Engine; Treant; View from the Road; Extrinsic; The Distance; Voice in the Night; Second Approximation.

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Chris Gestrin / Ben Monder / Dylan van der Schyff: The Distance

Read "The Distance" reviewed by Tom Greenland

An elaborative collaboration, The Distance--featuring Chris Gestrin (prepared & unprepared piano), Ben Monder (eclectic guitar), and Dylan van der Schyff (percussion)--is an expansive set, demonstrating the instant and infinite affinity possible when like musical minds meet. Recorded at the 2004 Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the CD documents a fast and freely composed concert of chamber jazz. ...


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