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Craig Brenan

Creative jazz trombonist and composer Craig Brenan has performed and recorded in a wide variety of settings from trio to large ensemble, and has been featured on over 20 albums as a composer and performer. Brenan was born in 1969 in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada, and at the age of 12 he began his training on the trombone in Edmonton, Alberta. As a student Craig won a number of awards at national music festivals, and various other honors and grants came from both his jazz and classical music skills. In 1990, Craig created the creative opportunity orchestra, a diverse collection of musicians exploring a wide palate of musical styles and tastes

Dog Leg

Label: Death Defying Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Homemade Paneer; Dog Leg; Dream #7; Kingdom; Improv Six; The Plan; The Runaround; Improv Four; Xenophobe; Improv Three; Perpetuity; Improv Two; Improv Five.

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Jim Brenan 11: 50 / 50

Read "50 / 50" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A popular jazz magazine once had (and perhaps still has) a list of CDs in most issues labeled “beyond category." 50 / 50, the debut (?) recording by Canadian saxophonist / composer Jim Brenan's eleven-piece ensemble, would fit quite comfortably therein. It is as hard to ascertain Brenan's frames of reference as it is to unravel ...

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Earl MacDonald: Re:Visions

Read "Re:Visions" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

In a period when many new recordings feature trios, quartets or other small ensembles, it's refreshing when a full-size orchestra comes along. Pianist, composer and arranger Earl MacDonald offers that refreshment with Re:Visions--Works for Jazz Orchestra. MacDonald is a native of Winnipeg, Canada and director of jazz studies at the University of Connecticut. A ...


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