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Ed Bickert was born in Hochfeld, Manitoba on November 29th, 1932, and raised in Vernon, British Columbia. His early interest in guitar was in part influenced by his musical household (his mother and father played piano and guitar in country bands). He was self-taught, developing an interest in jazz harmony by studying and analyzing Stan Kenton records. Via radio broadcasts from the American West Coast, he heard and was influenced by Nat "King" Cole Trio guitarist Oscar Moore, Barney Kessel and Les Paul. In his early teens he gained experience by playing onstage with his parents. In 1952 Ed moved to Toronto, working as a radio station engineer and playing after-hours jazz clubs on the side

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Article: Album Review

Lorne Lofsky: This Song Is New

Read "This Song Is New" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Over the years the guitar has earned a unique position in the annals of jazz. At times strident, ear-splitting and generally distasteful, at others one of the loveliest, most amiable and pleasing instruments in any circumstance, especially when placed in the capable hands of a master such as Canada's Lorne Lofsky. This is the guitar as ...

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Article: Album Review

Paul Desmond: The Complete 1975 Toronto Recordings

Read "The Complete 1975 Toronto Recordings" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Even if he had never played another note following the break-up of the Dave Brubeck group in 1967, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond would have entered the history books as one of music's most brilliant improvisers. During his 17 years with Brubeck, Desmond proved himself to be an indispensable part of that quartet with a wistful and ...

Album

The Complete 1975 Toronto Recordings

Label: Mosaic Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Disc One: Too Marvelous For Words; Line For Lyons; It Could Happen To You;; Just Squeeze Me;;I Wish I Knew; I Should Care. Disc Two: Just Squeeze Me; Meditation; Tangerine; Darn That Dream; Nuages; Like Someone In Love; Things Ain’t What They Used To Be.


Disc Three: Line For Lyons; Wendy; Too Marvelous For Words; When Sunny Gets Blue; Audrey; Darn That Dream; Take Five.
Disc Four: Tangerine; Wave; It Could Happen To You; Emily; Line For Lyons; When Sunny Getz Blue; Things Ain’t What They Used To Be.
Disc Five: I’ve Got You Under My Skin; Just Squeeze Me; All The Things You Are; Autumn Leaves; Wave; Nuages; East Of The Sun; [note: CD and set booklets mistakenly list “I’ve Got You Under My Skin as track 5].
Disc Six: Let’s Get Away From It All; Line For Lyons; Just Squeeze Me; My Funny Valentine; Mean To Me; Wendy; Things Ain’t What They Used To Be.
Disc Seven: Wendy; Wave; Things Ain’t What They Used To Be; Nancy; Manha De Carnaval; Here’s That Rainy Day; My Funny Valentine; Take Five.

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Article: Radio

Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Porter and More

Read "Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Porter and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The 587th Episode of Neon Jazz is ushered in by the sounds of Lewis Porter on the keys and followed by those of his friend Dizzy Gillespie. From there, we look into Kansas City-born, New York-based trumpeter Dave Scott with a cut off his new CD In Search of Hipness. We then move on to the ...

News: Video / DVD

More From The Late Ed Bickert With Paul Desmond

More From  The Late Ed Bickert With Paul Desmond

Following yesterday’s announcement about the loss of the brilliant Canadian guitarist Ed Bickert, here is a piece from the 1975 Paul Desmond Quartet album Live, recorded at Bourbon Street in Toronto in 1975. We hear Bickert and Desmond with bassist Don Thompson and drummer Jerry Fuller. They play Desmond’s composition “Wendy." Desmond based “Wendy” on the ...

News: Obituary

Ed Bickert, 1932-2019

Ed Bickert, 1932-2019

One of Canada’s finest musicians, guitarist Ed Bickert, died on Thursday. He was 86. He was quiet and reserved, but the rich harmonies in Bickert’s playing captivated listeners and fellow musicians alike. Alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, with whom Bickert performed and recorded in the 1970s, wrote in the notes for one of his albums that he ...

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Video

Bye Bye Baby

Featuring the music of Ed Bickert
Duration: 42:24

In memory of Ed Bickert (1932-2019). Bye Bye Baby was released in 1983 on Concord Records. With Ed Bickert: guitar; Dave McKenna; piano; Steve Wallace: bass; .Jake Hanna: drums.
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Article: Album Review

Humphrey Lyttelton: In Canada

Read "In Canada" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


The most prolific of the British trad jazz revivalists, trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton had a long and varied career both as a musician and a broadcaster. In 1983 Lyttelton lead a Toronto based group on a session for Sackville interpreting eight songs penned by him. In Canada now reissued on Delmark showcases not only Lyttleton's superb trumpet ...

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Article: Guitarist's Rendezvous

Mark Kleinhaut, Nat Janoff, Guillermo Bazzola, and Shan Arsenault

Read "Mark Kleinhaut, Nat Janoff, Guillermo Bazzola, and Shan Arsenault" reviewed by Dom Minasi


Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our second installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music. This installment includes a diverse group ...


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