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Kenji Omae

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Ordinary Heroes

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Crises and Reckonings; Cassandra; Fake News Blues; Nebulous Compensation; Rabble Rouser; Embers; Tears for the Innocent; Spare Heart; Safe Passage; Ordinary Heroes.

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Spare Hearts

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Duration: 09:30

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Peter Hum: Ordinary Heroes

Read "Ordinary Heroes" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Canadian jazz pianist Peter Hum has been a fixture and mainstay on the Ottawa jazz scene for three decades. A journalist by profession, covering education, crime and city hall for the Ottawa Citizen, a social conscious and music, have always been driving forces in his life. His third album as leader, Ordinary Heroes contains ten original ...

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Peter Hum: Ordinary Heroes

Read "Ordinary Heroes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The ideals of promise and hope, and the desire to create a better world and drive out the darkness, need not be fueled or forwarded by the extraordinary. As George Takei, the legendary actor-cum-activist once noted in referencing the individuals who provided succor during the horrors of the Japanese-American internment camps of World War II, it's ...

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Josh Rager: Dreams And Other Stories

Read "Dreams And Other Stories" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Montreal's Juno Award-nominated pianist, Josh Rager, has assembled an all star quintet for his fourth album as a leader, Dreams And Other Stories. Sandwiching five of his own superb compositions between the disc's opener, the Rodgers and Hart jewel “Spring is Here," and the wrap-up, Olivier Messiaen's “O Sacrum Convivium," he creates a cohesive and vivacious ...

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Peter Hum: Alpha Moment

Read "Alpha Moment" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Pianist Peter Hum's second album--Alpha Moment--was recorded back in December of 2011, but there's good reason for the fact that it's only just seeing the light of day in 2015: Hum has had his hands full, serving as the restaurant critic at the Ottawa Citizen, delivering some of the most informative and insightful jazz journalism out ...

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Peter Hum: A Boy's Journey

Read "A Boy's Journey" reviewed by John Kelman


Some believe that to be a “real" musician it's all or nothing--no part-time venture; it requires flat-out, full-on commitment. The truth is that it is possible to be full-time in spirit, even if not always in practical terms. As writer/editor for The Ottawa Citizen newspaper, Peter Hum has been involved with music from another angle for ...

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Here For Now

Label: Kang & Music
Released: 2008
Track listing: Time Management; Here For Now; Draft; Across The Pond; Lucid; Kissena; Train Tracks.

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Kenji Omae: Here For Now

Read "Here For Now" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Tenor saxophonist Kenji Omae is a true man of the world. He was born in Canada, studied jazz at the University of Toronto and did graduate work at Queens College in New York City. Here For Now was recorded in one afternoon in New Jersey just a few days before Omae was to leave for South ...


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