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Bassist Mark Godfrey is quickly becoming one of the new faces in Canadian jazz. Hailing from Southwestern Ontario and currently living in Toronto, he has established himself a mainstay in this national community and was named the 2019 Emerging Jazz Artist by the Toronto Arts Foundation. Composing and performing for many years with his contemporary jazz group, Pram Trio, Mark’s work as a co-leader, bassist, and composer has garnered international recognition. In 2014, this group was awarded the Grand Prix de Jazz from the Montreal Jazz Festival and has performed as a feature artist at jazz festivals across Canada including those in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, and Rimouski. Following the release of Pram Trio’s most recent album in 2016, Mark began composing for five-piece jazz ensemble and in 2017 started the Mark Godfrey Quintet

Square Peg

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Black Stars; Square Peg; No Gig Today; U.S.S. Rent-A-Car; Skyline; One Game Away From Winter; Forty Minutes Or More; Driving Westbound; McDuff; Bucket List.

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USS Rent-a-Car

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Duration: 07:16

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New albums from Carla Bley, Lisa Hilton, Mark Godfrey, Nutria and Oded Tzur.

Read "New albums from Carla Bley, Lisa Hilton, Mark Godfrey, Nutria and Oded Tzur." reviewed by Bob Osborne

There is a striking album of new music from pianist/composer Carla Bley, whose trio with Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow is now in its 25th year. Individual associations among the players go back much further: bassist Swallow first recorded music by Carla in 1961. Bley's distinctive piano, with its hints of Monk and Satie, is beautifully ...

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Mark Godfrey: Square Peg

Read "Square Peg" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Mark Godfrey has done his fair share of commuting in furtherance of his jazz career. Toronto--his home base--to New York has been a regular journey. The near five hundred mile trip would certainly be shorter (timewise) via airplane. But the decision was made to roll in a 2006 Dodge Caravan, due to the fact (we can ...

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Toronto Jazz Orchestra: 20

Read "20" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The name on the album--20--says it all: the world-class Toronto Jazz Orchestra has been presenting marvelous music in eastern Canada and beyond for twenty years and has marked the special anniversary by releasing the fourth in a series of admirable recordings that began in 2001 with Toronto Jazz Orchestra. This time out, all ...

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Teri Parker: In The Past

Read "In The Past" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Toronto-based pianist Teri Parker has released three CDs with her Parker Abbott Trio--including Elevation (Self Produced, 2016). The Parker Abbott Trio features Parker paired with another keyboardist--Simeon Abbott--and a drummer, sounding electric and modernistic. Now she presents In The Past, her first release with her more acoustic quartet. The line-up is the standard rhythm section ...

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Pram Trio: Saga Thirteen

Read "Saga Thirteen" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

To the casual observer, a perambulator--pram, for short--is simply what it appears to be: a baby carriage. But to the pram's inhabitant(s), it's something else entirely. To those wee babies, the carriage is, in fact, a world in motion and a home away from home that serves as a vehicle for travel to new realms. They ...


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