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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New sounds from Postma, Gould and Shaw

Read "New sounds from Postma,  Gould and Shaw" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show new releases including: The seventh album from Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma. Her first since 2014,  a come-back album as a leader. Together with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, bassist Matt Brewer, drummer Dan Weiss and featuring pianist Kris Davis she has delivered an excellent set. A remarkable live album from Bill ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

John Butcher

Read "John Butcher" reviewed by John Eyles


In the Building a Jazz Library article on Evan Parker, it says that seasoned Parker followers would describe him as the finest improvising saxophonist of his generation. Curiously, many of those same people would use exactly that phrase about John Butcher. The simple explanation for this apparent contradiction is that we are talking about two generations; ...

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Article: Album Review

Dalava: The Book of Transfigurations

Read "The Book of Transfigurations" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


On the tender and haunting The Book of Transfigurations vocalist Julia Ulehla and her partner guitarist Aram Bajakian interpret thirteen Moravian folk songs with a personal and contemporary touch. Joining them in the ensemble Dálava are a quartet of Canadian improvisers who add an additional layer of spontaneous lyricism to this memorable music. Majority ...

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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Album Review

The Peggy Lee Band: Invitation

Read "Invitation" reviewed by Troy Collins


Based in Vancouver, Canada since the early 1990s, Canadian cellist Peggy Lee has been steadily building an impressive discography. Invitation is the fifth album by her self-titled band, and the group's second release for Drip Audio. The record encompasses a broad stylistic range, revealing influences as disparate as folksy Americana and exotic Afro-pop--though Lee's harmonically sophisticated ...

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Article: Live Review

Guelph Jazz Festival: Guelph, Canada, September 5-9, 2012

Read "Guelph Jazz Festival: Guelph, Canada, September 5-9, 2012" reviewed by Ted Harms


Guelph Jazz FestivalGuelph, OntarioSeptember 5-9, 2012The Guelph Jazz Festival is in its 19th year. Under the direction of Ajay Heble, the festival has few equals in Canada, attracting the upper echelon of improvising musicians.It is a rare festival that can resist the allure of “tent-pole" shows--the mass-appeal artists that have vague, ...

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Article: Album Review

J. Leandre / N. Mitchell / D. Van Der Schyff: Before After

Read "Before After" reviewed by John Sharpe


Flutist Nicole Mitchell's strong attachment to the Vancouver creative scene has borne unpredictable fruit. She has been an artist in residence at the city's International Jazz Festival from 2006-2010, but it was only when bassist Joëlle Léandre was likewise featured, in 2009, that the two combined, along with Vancouver native Dylan van der Schyff behind the ...

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Article: Album Review

J. Leandre / N. Mitchell / D. Van Der Schyff: Before After

Read "Before After" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


One of the preeminent thinkers and bassists within the modern avant-jazz era, Joëlle Léandre shares equal billing on this addition to her voluminous discography. The trio's performance, at a community center in Vancouver, Canada, offers additional credence to the understanding that free improvisation must, in boundless entities and designs, be evocative and focused to become successful. ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Drip, Drip, Drip: A Celebration of Drip Audio

Read "Drip, Drip, Drip: A Celebration of Drip Audio" reviewed by John Eyles


Violinist Jesse Zubot's record label Drip Audio released its first CD, Zubotta, in March 2005. As it reaches its sixth anniversary, the latest releases on the Vancouver-based label show it continuing to display the strengths that have made it unpredictable and distinctive throughout its existence. Alongside releases featuring Jesse Zubot and his violinist brother Joshua, standout ...


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