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Kirk MacDonald

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With an established reputation as one of Canada’s leading saxophonists, Kirk MacDonald cut his first record at the age of thir-teen. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards, and has worked with many leading musicians in a variety of musical genres. He has performed on over fifty CDs as both leader and sideman, and has participated in numerous national broadcast recordings for CBC Radio. In addition to performing extensively throughout Canada, he has also performed in the USA, Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Monaco, Australia, Korea, Bermuda, and the Bahamas. For over thirty years Kirk has worked and recorded with many leading Canadian, U.S

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This Song Is New

Label: Modica Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Seven Steps; The Time Being; Live from the Apollo; This Song Is New; An Alterior Motif; Evans from Lennie; Stable Mates.

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Lorne Lofsky: This Song Is New

Read "This Song Is New" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Over the years the guitar has earned a unique position in the annals of jazz. At times strident, ear-splitting and generally distasteful, at others one of the loveliest, most amiable and pleasing instruments in any circumstance, especially when placed in the capable hands of a master such as Canada's Lorne Lofsky. This is the guitar as ...

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Pat LaBarbera Kirk MacDonald Quintet: Trane of Thought, Live at the Rex

Read "Trane of Thought, Live at the Rex" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Sometimes the name of an album can be a dead giveaway. Clearly, tenors Pat La Barbera and Kirk MacDonald, the co-leaders of this admirable quintet from north of the border, are enthusiastic admirers and champions of the late great saxophonist John Coltrane. Disciples, yes, but leagues away from slavish imitators. LaBarbera and MacDonald have strong and ...

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Harold Mabern & Kirk MacDonald: The Creative Process

Read "Harold Mabern & Kirk MacDonald: The Creative Process" reviewed by Jeri Brown


Harold Mabern recently toured through Eastern Canada with a stop at St. Paul's Church as part of the Jazz East performance concert series. His duet concerts with Canadian jazz saxophonist Kirk MacDonald included stops in jny: Montreal, Moncton, Antigonish, and Sydney. Their concerts emphasize standard jazz repertoire, as well as their own original music. Mabern, one ...

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Pat LaBarbera Kirk MacDonald Quartet with Adam Nussbaum & Kieran Overs: Silent Voices

Read "Silent Voices" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


The oxymoronic title of Silent Voices belies and simultaneously validates interesting things about this recording. Far from silent in its artistic message, it is an intelligent, evocative, and brilliantly communicative effort. Its “voices" dominate, ring loud, and are intensely passionate. Most stentorian, they emanate from deep within the respective creative wellsprings of these four superior performers. ...

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KMJO: Common Ground

Read "Common Ground" reviewed by Jack Bowers


KMJO is shorthand for the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, and Common Ground is the third recording by the splendid Toronto-based group, following the well-received Deep Shadows (2011) and Family Suite for Large Ensemble (2012). This time around, the orchestra performs compositions by MacDonald arranged by one of Canada's premier co-pilots, Joe Sullivan. The ...

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Label: Addo Records
Released: 2016
Duration: 12:00

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Common Ground

Label: Addo Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Disc 1 — Labyrinth; Common Ground; Symmetry; The Power of Four; Shadows. Disc 2 — You See But You Don’t Hear; Kirk’s Blues; Vanda Justina.

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Kirk MacDonald: Symmetry

Read "Symmetry" reviewed by Edward Blanco


It is no secret that Canada is the home of some of the finest jazz musicins in the world and Toronto-based saxophonist Kirk MacDonald, a long-time active educator, is one of those established stars and veteran of the Canadian jazz scene. He has appeared on over fifty albums as both a sideman and leader and Symmetry, ...


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