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Elizabeth Shepherd

Elizabeth Shepherd pushes the boundaries of what is considered conventional jazz, all the while creating a sound completely her own. From London to Tokyo, Elizabeth has captivated audiences and critics on both sides of the pond. Her Juno nominated debut album, Start To Move continues to receive critical acclaim, and was voted the Top 3 Jazz Albums of the Year by the listeners of the Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio 1 in 2006. Raised by ministers of the Salvation Army, an early exposure to the brass band sounds mixed with her love for classical and house music, disco and hip hop, lay the foundations for one soulful musician

Occupational Hazard

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Fear No More; Evident Monk; Not to be Trusted; Occupational Hazard; Misunderstood Intentions; Soliloquy; Half Baked; Better Yet; Mocker's Lounge; Mocker's Lounge (reprise)

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Evident Monk

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Duration: 05:25

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jacek Kochan & musiConspiracy: Occupational Hazard

Read "Occupational Hazard" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Polish-born and current Canadian Jacek Kochan's 22nd release as a leader, Occupational Hazard, exists at the crossroads of straight ahead and electric jazz. A drummer, composer and arranger, Kochan has played with a variety of musicians over the course of his long career. On Occupational Hazard he leverages this broad experience to bring together ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Songs of Nick Drake

Read "Songs of Nick Drake" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Nick Drake recorded three of the most sublime albums in the history of folk-rock (or any other genre) in his brief lifetime. He died in relative obscurity at the age of 26 in 1974. A devoted cult following has emerged, and his stature has grown immeasurably in the decades since his passing. Drake's work has been ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Northern Voices: Heather Bambrick and Brenda Earle Stokes

Read "Northern Voices: Heather Bambrick and Brenda Earle Stokes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's a vast array of notable singers that have been given unto us from the Great White North. In terms of star power you have Joni Mitchell, k.d. Lang, Sarah McLachlan, Shania Twain, Bruce Cockburn, the lovably twangy Neil Young and a croaky Leonard Cohen. And, of course, we have genre-straddling, jazz-breathing mega-names like Michael Bublé ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Elizabeth Shepherd's Trio: Start to Move

Read "Start to Move" reviewed by Rokas Kucinskas

It's hard to categorize Elizabeth Shepherd's music--much like a windmill with its stable parts, less and less visible in a motion. Yet a sense of direction isn't absent, and Shepherd offers a wide spectrum of textures ranging from musical complexity to lyrical musicality. The singer-songwriter's debut release Start to Move is full of hidden treasures for ...

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"Oh Canada" Series To Debut At Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival--Concerts Featuring Nine Canadian Jazz Groups Being Filmed For National Broadcast On PBS Stations In U.S. -- Nine-Day Festival Is June 24 - July 2

"Oh Canada" Series To Debut At Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival--Concerts Featuring Nine Canadian Jazz Groups Being Filmed For National Broadcast On PBS Stations In U.S. -- Nine-Day Festival Is June 24 - July 2

The 15th Anniversary edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) will feature a new and third international series at this year's nine-day festival, held June 24-July 2. The inaugural “Oh Canada" Series, presented by The Canada Council For The Arts, will feature nine leading jazz artists and groups from Canada including Quinn Bachand's Brishen, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark F. Turner's Best of 2014

Read "Mark F. Turner's Best of 2014" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Typically, when music is labeled it gets thrown into a box that limits its artistic scope. But the four letter word “jazz" in today's environment obliterates typical categorization as found in these diverse releases. Ambrose Akinmusire The imagined savior is far easier to paint (Blue Note)

Signal

Label: Linus Entertainment
Released: 2014
Track listing: Willow; What's Happening; B.T. Cotton; The Signal; Lion's Den; This; On Our Way; I Gave; Another Day; Baby Steps.


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