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David Smith

David Smith is a Canadian-born trumpeter currently residing in New York City. He studied and began his professional career in Toronto, and in 2000 he relocated to New York with a study grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Before long he was much in demand on the New York City jazz scene. His debut album as a leader, “Circumstance”, was released in October of 2006 on the Fresh Sound New Talent label (FSNT 267), and features his original compositions and an outstanding quintet featuring Seamus Blake on tenor, Nate Radley on guitar, David Ephross on bass and the ubiquitous Mark Ferber on drums

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Consecrated

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Be Still My Soul; O God of Love, Grant Us Your Peace; Sweet Hour of Prayer; Holy, Holy, Holy; By Our Love; Be Still Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated; The Love of God; Be Thou My Vision; In His Holy Temple.

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Article: Album Review

Earl MacDonald: Consecrated

Read "Consecrated" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The searching spirit that drives the work of composer and pianist Earl MacDonald is both a reflection on musical curiosity and, to a deeper extent, a statement of faith. Bringing both of those identity-shaping aspects to the fore like never before, MacDonald uses Consecrated to work toward a higher purpose. Reshaping and resetting a series of ...

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Be Still, My Soul

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Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Duration: 05:32

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Ordinary Heroes

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Crises and Reckonings; Cassandra; Fake News Blues; Nebulous Compensation; Rabble Rouser; Embers; Tears for the Innocent; Spare Heart; Safe Passage; Ordinary Heroes.

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Urban(e)

Label: Greenleaf Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Prélude, Op. 28 no. 20; "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot; Excerpts from ; La fille aux cheveux de lin from Préludes, Book 1; String Quartet No. 1, III. Allegro vivace; Symphony No. 6, II. congrazia; "Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not" from Cantata, BWV 21.

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Four Questions

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Baby Jack; Jazz Twins; Four Questions; Clump, Unclump; A Still, Small Voice: Elijah – 1 Kings 19:13; Amidst the Fire and the Whirlwind; Cacophonus; A Still, Small Voice.

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Article: Album Review

Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra: Urban(e)

Read "Urban(e)" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


There's a rocky history surrounding jazz-classical hybrids. But, in truth, that has little to do with any potential incompatibility. Instead, it's usually misguided maneuvering and/or an excessive show of dominant traits from one side or the other that mars said unions. When done right a wedding of those worlds can truly birth brilliance. Just listen to ...

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Arturo O'Farrill: Four Questions

Read "Four Questions" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Surprisingly this set marks the first time Arturo O'Farrill has recorded a set of solely his own compositions. It was worth the wait because this music, played by his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, really demonstrates the cinematic sweep and variety of his writing. The set is constructed around two topical extended works. The first, ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra: Urban(e)

Read "Urban(e)" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Most Western music, irrespective of its origin and premise, inhabits the same harmonic, chordal and rhythmic universe. So it should not be surprising that classical music, in the hands of a skilled arranger, can be readily recast in a jazz idiom, even one that is housed within a big-band framework. On Urban(e), trombonist Mike Fahie's New ...


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