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Ernesto Cervini

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Drummer Ernesto Cervini is making a name for himself as a consummate bandleader and in-demand sideman. Time Out New York encapsulated Cervini as “a buoyant drummer as well as a sharp composer,” while the jazz bible, Downbeat, described his fluid style as one that “exemplifies `float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’.” The drummer released Abundance, his sixth album as a leader in October, 2018. Modern Drummer magazine said: “Cervini recalls such old-schoolers as Art Blakey and Billy Higgins. . . It’s his robust, magnetic personality that fascinates consistently.” Born in Toronto in 1982, Cervini graduated from Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music with degrees in classical piano and clarinet performance before focusing his energies behind the drum kit

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The History of Us

Label: Three Pines
Released: 2021
Track listing: Finding Home Suite (A New Life/A Mother’s Song/Home); Goodbye Old Friend; Suite 1985 (The Epitaph—for Mom/Swept Out to Sea—for Dad/Wisely If Sincerely).

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The Bright Side

Label: Anzic Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Blow Papa Joe; Thinking Of Benny; Boo Dip Dip; Silk Road; Omer's World; Qu'est-Ce Qu C'est ; X Friends; Beeline; The Beautiful Mystery; The Bright Side.

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Entering Utopia

Label: Three Pines Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Hello, Today; Entering Utopia; Layla Tov; Billyish; Flood, Deluge; Look Down; Sycamore; Cheryl; Sgraffito; Memories Remain; Looking Glass; Blue Gardenia.

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Article: Album Review

Carn Davidson 9: The History of Us

Read "The History of Us" reviewed by Jack Bowers


From north of the U.S. border comes The History of Us, a warm-hearted album by the Carn Davidson 9, a Toronto-based nonet co-led by trombonist William Carn and saxophonist Tara Davidson. The album consists of a pair of three-part suites, one by Carn, the other by Davidson, separated by Carn's amiable composition, “Goodbye Old Friend," a ...

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Article: Album Review

Joel Frahm: The Bright Side

Read "The Bright Side" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Saxophonist Joel Frahm is an accomplished virtuoso with an easily recognizable style. He deftly balances an accessible, mellifluous sound with an explorative spirit. His tenth release as a leader, the captivating The Bright Side, is a collection of ten brilliant originals interpreted in a spare trio setting. The laid back atmosphere and the band's seamless camaraderie ...

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Omer's World

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Label: Anzic Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 04:55

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Article: Album Review

Joel Frahm: The Bright Side

Read "The Bright Side" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Chordless trio recordings featuring saxophone, bass and drums, no piano or guitar in the building, always draw comparisons to 1957 when a pair of the groundbreakers of the genre were recorded by saxophonist Sonny Rollins with A Night At The Village Vanguard (Blue Note Records, 1958) and Way Out West (Contemporary, 1957). Saxophonist Joel Frahm obviously ...

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Article: Interview

Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived

Read "Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


By February of 2019, Dan McCarthy had reached the end of his time in New York. “The movers had come and packed everything up, and my wife and son were already in Toronto at my parents' house. I was at our apartment in Crown Heights and I only had a few things, including my vibes," he ...

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Blue Gardenia

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Label: Three Pines Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 03:18


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