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50 / 50

Label: Death Defying Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Tigers Milk; Jocasta; Empress; Eleven Eleven; Colossal Suite; Fant-o-Max; Hiding Place; Ozark Mountain Cougar Fightin’.

50/50

Label: Death Defying Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Tigers Milk; Jocasta; Empress; Eleven Eleven; Colossal Suite; Fant-O-Max; Hiding Place; Ozark Mountain Cougar Fightin'

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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Label: Death Defying Records
Released: 2019
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Open Borders

Label: Death Defying Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Dig In Buddy; Sordid Sort of Fellow; Mirror of the Mind; Appointment in Ghana; Miles Apart; Hit the Road Jack; Smoke and Mirrors; Catch of the Day; Blame It on My Youth; Dolphy Dance; East of the Sun.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Earl MacDonald: Open Borders

Read "Open Borders" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Open Borders brings to the fore Canadian-born pianist Earl MacDonald's burnished tentet in a program that consists of eleven sunlit and swinging themes, five of which were composed by the leader. Besides writing, MacDonald did most of the arranging, and he excels in both arenas, as he does on piano (most notably on the standards “Blame ...

Open Borders

Label: Death Defying Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Dig In Buddy; Sordid Sort Of Fellow; Mirror Mind; Appointment In Ghana; Miles Apart; Hit The Road Jack; Smoke And Mirrors; Catch Of The Day; Blame It On My Youth; Dolphy Dance; East Of The Sun.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Earl MacDonald: Open Borders

Read "Open Borders" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Not many piano led ensembles finds the pianist laying as far back in the musical dialogue as Earl MacDonald, who doesn't come anywhere near an extended solo until “Miles Apart" and Percy Mayfield's Ray Charles blow- out “Hit The Road Jack" (tracks five and six respectively). But that's just fine given that MacDonald has charted the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Earl MacDonald: Open Borders

Read "Open Borders" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Politicians might do well to take a few pointers from pianist-arranger Earl MacDonald. As this fine album attests to, it's far better to build bridges than walls, and far more productive to open borders and dialogue than close hearts, minds, and doors. While MacDonald didn't initially set out to make a political statement ...


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