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Gordon Grdina

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Gordon Grdina is a Vancouver based Oud/Guitarist whose sound is a combination of his interests in mainstream jazz, free-form improvisation and Arabic classical music. A protégé of jazz great Gary Peacock, he is a well-respected contributor to the jazz and world music scenes constantly being sought out for projects that need a fresh sound. On Guitar Gordon leads the Vancouver groove trio Loose Acoustic www.looseacoustic.com which has recorded two critically acclaimed CD’s with Skrank Records. They are currently managed by Turner Music and Events and are mixing their next Cd release with Maximum Jazz

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Angel Bat Dawid, Barry Altschul & Kevin Sun

Read "Angel Bat Dawid, Barry Altschul & Kevin Sun" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Lots of new things sampled in this episode with Chicago culture maker Angel Bat Dawid's Hush Harbor Mixtape: Doxology highlighting the bunch. She does everything on this one which is another chapter in her mission to, as she puts it, “sonically eradicate the white supremacy system." A best-of for 2021 I think. Enterprising young saxophonist Kevin ...

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Article: Album Review

Ivo Perelman: The Purity of Desire

Read "The Purity of Desire" reviewed by John Sharpe


Tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman prolifically documents his work, his discography growing almost by the week. But he finds new things to say and new ways of saying them, even with his most regular collaborators. Witness the stream of superlative recordings he has made with pianist Matthew Shipp. But, at the same time, the New York-based Brazilian ...

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Theo Bleckmann & The Westerlies: This Land

Read "This Land" reviewed by John Chacona


Could This Land, from Theo Bleckmann & The Westerlies be the first great musical declaration of the Biden Era? If so, it's probably an accident. When they tracked This Land in August 2019, Bleckmann and the brass quartet entered the studio with a program of protest songs. But in degree and kind, they are ...

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Resist

Label: Irabbagast Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Resist; Seeds 11; Varscona; Resist the Middle; Ever Onward.

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Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio

Label: Skirl Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Wildfire; Nomad; Ride Home; Benbow; Thanksgiving; Lady Choral.

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Resist

Label: Irabbagast Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Resist; Seeds; Varscona; Resist the Middle; Ever Onward.

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Safar-E-Daroon

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Safar-e-Daroon: El Baz : Mini-con; Calling on You; Shamshir; Convergence; Illumination; Outsize; Gabriel James.

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Life is a Gong Show

Label: RootsToBoot Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Traure; Burning Bright; Awake; Cinema; Jojis; Cluster; Non-Fiction; Sun Sets in the West; Moanin'; Sideways; Mary Go Round;

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The Purity of Desire

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Purity of Desire; Bridge to the Soul; Love is a Stranger; This Longing; A Garden Beyond Paradise; Music of a Distant Drum; The Joy That Wounds; Light upon Light


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