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Gordon Grdina

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

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;

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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Luca Sguera, Enrique Haneine and Joe McPhee & Dave Rempis

Read "Luca Sguera, Enrique Haneine and Joe McPhee & Dave Rempis" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode is a mixed bag of music of new releases (Gordon Grdina Sextet, Luca Sguera, Enrique Haneine, Dave Rempis & Joe McPhee, and The Necks) plus further listening from recent releases by the likes of Marie Kruttli and Trio, Itaca 4et, Inland Empire featuring Kris Davis, The MacroQuarktet and Simon Nabatov Quintet), and revisits to ...

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Otis Sandsjö, Pablo Ablanedo, Webber/Morris Big Band and More

Read "Otis Sandsjö, Pablo Ablanedo, Webber/Morris Big Band and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of this week's review of new and upcoming releases [for the first part click here] with the great return of master arranger Pablo Ablanedo, the new single by Swedish saxophonist and flutist Otis Sandsjö, two new projects by the prolific oud and guitarist Gordon Grdina, and saxophones in solo, duo, trio and quartet settings. ...

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Sebastien Ammann’s Color Wheel, Kenny Warren Trio and More

Read "Sebastien Ammann’s Color Wheel, Kenny Warren Trio and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

I doubt you would get much argument that trumpet players Herb Robertson and Dave Ballou, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Tom Rainey are among the finest of their generation. When Robertson and Ballou decided to form a quartet back in 2005, those four musical minds coming together pretty much assured some magic would happen. In 2007 ...

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Gordon Grdina: Safar-E-Daroon

Read "Safar-E-Daroon" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Safar e Daroon germinates from its dark, submerged interiors immediately and immediately brings you into the light. But a light of what? A lover's lamp? A hushed arena? An Australian wildfire? Take your pick and let your mind go. It's all going to happen and does so in spades on oudist Gordon Grdina's second go-round with ...

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Christian McBride, Matana Roberts, Chicago Underground Quartet and More

Read "Christian McBride, Matana Roberts, Chicago Underground Quartet and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Each of February's shows will have some music recognizing Black History Month. The selected recording for 2020 is The Movement Revisited--A Musical Portrait of Four Icons, Christian McBride's epic, and you'll hear tunes from the album each week. This show also features Matana Roberts and Coin Coin Chapter IV -Memphis. The Chicago Underground Quartet is back ...

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Jim Black, Mario Santos, William Parker, Dave Sewelson and More

Read "Jim Black, Mario Santos, William Parker, Dave Sewelson and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Is it too early to choose a “best-of" for 2020. I know it's only January, but drummer Jim Black has released an absolute killer of an album with pianist Elias Stemeseder and bassist Thomas Morgan that is an outstanding piece of work. Reckon came out on the Intakt label from Switzerland in January, so be on ...

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Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Roberts, Part II

Read "Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Roberts, Part II" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

For the second part of our Hanksgiving tribute to Hank Roberts [click here for the first part] we focus on a number of other projects he is the leader of, including yet unreleased material of his current sextet. This segment also spotlights his work as a member of 858 Strings, the string section he shares with ...


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