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Søren Nissen: Departures

Read "Departures" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although Canadian bassist Søren Nissen is a youthful presence, just a few years out of college and currently showcasing his debut release as a leader, don't let his age fool you: there's a lot of wisdom, musical and otherwise, on display here. Bookending Departures, Nissen's auspicious seven-track album are brief recorded excerpts from speeches by Jiddu ...

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Autobahn: Of the Tree

Read "Of the Tree" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Not to be confused with the band of the same name from The Big Lebowski (or the similarly-named British indie- rock / emo band, for that matter) this Autobahn is a trio of jolly Canadians who play 21st Century jazz. Not “swinging" jazz in the traditional Blue Note sense, the music of this bass-free trio of ...

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Andrew McAnsh: Illustrations

Read "Illustrations" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Its liner notes, song titles, and cover art liberally peppered with references to Japanese culture and Zen Buddhism, Andrew McAnsh's debut recording, Illustrations was inspired by the young trumpeter / composer's journeys through the Land of the Rising Sun. However, McAnsh's original compositions--far from displaying any direct influences of Japanese ethnic music--are relentlessly hard-hitting modern jazz ...

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Autobahn: Of the Tree

Read "Of the Tree" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

A jazz trio named Autobahn, from Toronto, Canada, with an unusual make-up--piano, sax and drums--is just asking to called “experimental" on their modernistic recording, Of The Tree. And why not? Eliminating the bass (the obvious missing link) makes for new atmospheres, and creates new spaces. Looking for comparisons, Momentum Space (Verve Records, 1999), a masterpiece of ...

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Jeff LaRochelle: Moonstone

Read "Moonstone" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Canadian saxophonist and clarinetist Jeff LaRochelle fuses the orchestral complexity of the western classical tradition and the spontaneity of jazz on his debut Moonstone. With his band, Origins, LaRochelle interprets ten intimate pieces that he himself has penned. The music reflects his diverse influences but remains thematically cohesive primarily due to the exquisite balance of modernity ...


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