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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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Boiling Point

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2022
Track listing: Boiling Point; Parksville; Shibuya; Cali-lacs; Koen Dori; All Caps.

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Oddly Enough: The Music Of Tim Berne

Label: Attaboygirl Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Oddly Enough; Don't use Hair Products; Trauma One; Lost In Redding; Enord Krad; Snippet; Plaint Squids.

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Pathways

Label: Attaboygirl Records
Released: 2022

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Night's Quietest Hour

Label: Attaboygirl Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Longa Nahawand; Sala Min Shaaraha A​-​Thahab (Gold Streamed Down From Her Hair); Dulab Bayati; Lamma Bada Yatathanna (When She Begins To Sway); Hawj Erreeh (Violent Wind).

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Gordon Grdina: Intuitive Idiosyncrasy

Read "Gordon Grdina: Intuitive Idiosyncrasy" reviewed by Doug Collette


Prolific as is Gordon Grdina, he never falls prey to pointless repetition. When the Canadian multi-instrumentalist/composer/bandleader does deign to return to familiar realms, it's with a purpose, so he and his collaborators all bring fresh viewpoints and open minds in order to nurture that spirit of the moment air of continuous surprise. And Grdina relishes the ...

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Article: Album Review

Gordon Grdina: Pathways

Read "Pathways" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Unlike most of our country where we can not even share the same basic facts and truths, musicians intuitively seek out, discover and discourse in an integral, common language. Pathways revels in and celebrates that common vocabulary. Enjoying what could be the most prolific and adventurous period of his Juno Award-winning career, guitarist/oudist Gordon ...

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Article: Album Review

Gordon Grdina: Night's Quietest Hour

Read "Night's Quietest Hour" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Gordon Grdina might be proof of the saying “you can't keep a good man down." With Night's Quietest Hour he turns his attention once again to traditional Iraqi and Arabic folk music. This release by his small big band Haram follows Her Eyes illuminate (Songlines, 2012) and includes a guest appearance by Marc Ribot. Much like ...

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Article: Album Review

Gordon Grdina: Boiling Point

Read "Boiling Point" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


For all its unstinting muscularity, feverish virtuosity and concentrated interplay, Canadian guitarist/oudist Gordon Grdina's first of two simultaneous summer releases, Boiling Point, could easily have been entitled Shock and Awe or Scorched Earth or perhaps even Ground Zero. Because as densely and wirily structured as these six Grdina comps are, Lower East Side piano legend Matt ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Idris Ackamoor, Jasper Hoiby, Die Hochstapler & Monder/Malaby/Rainey

Read "Idris Ackamoor, Jasper Hoiby, Die Hochstapler & Monder/Malaby/Rainey" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


A band that has endured since the 70s when they were one of the first American bands to tour Africa, Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids, have just re-released some of that early music, and we dig into that, plus new music from Germany's Die Hochstapler, Toronto's Luis Deniz, bassist Nicolas Ojeda from Buenos Aires & Jasper ...


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