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Mike Rud

Mike Rud is a Juno Award-winning guitarist and composer, who has performed alongside such musicians as Herb Ellis and Joey DeFrancesco. In New York City in 1996, Mike studied with the great Jim Hall and recorded his debut album featuring Jorge Rossy, Joe Martin, Bill McHenry, and John Stetch. More recently, Mike renewed his connection with great American jazz guitarists, performing with John Stowell, Chris Flory, and of course Peter Bernstein, who Mike has known since 1992.

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.

Salome's Dance: The Mike Rud Trio Invites Peter Bernstein

Label: Bent River Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Salome's Dance; Petroglyph; Leonard Cohen; Shuffle Pants; Parc Lafontaine; I'm Getting Sentimental Over You; A Man of the World; Amsterdam Avenue; Blood Wolf Moon Blues.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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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Al Muirhead: Northern Adventures

Read "Northern Adventures" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When you've been a musician as long as Al Muirhead has, you not only earn many friends in the business, you also recognize who among them can play. For Northern Adventures, Muirhead's second album as leader of his own group, the eighty-one-year-old Canadian trumpeter assembled a who's who of the finest musicians his country has to ...

Miniatures

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: September Song; Just One Of Those Things; Nature Boy; Sweet Lorraine; Such A Night; Florentine; Robin's Walk (Smile For Me Baby); Emily; But Not For Me; Parc Lafontaine; You Must Believe In Spring; Dexterity; You Have To Practice Slow (Bach Invention No. 8); Laura.

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Mike Rud: Miniatures

Read "Miniatures" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What to do, what to do, what to do? That question must always be swimming around the mind of the creative performer. And for those who reap some sort of critical success with their work, it's magnified, as the listening public, no doubt, also ponders the next move. When faced with this endless sea of choice, ...

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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 ...

Notes On Montreal

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Smoked Meat And The Main; Streetcar; Florentine; As The Cross Looks On; The Writer' LaPointe's Beat; Parc La Fontaine; Dry Land Pirate; Bags, Clothes, Bottles; Baby; To Carmen, To Breavman Intro; To Carmen, To Breavman; Ode To Dusty's; The Alley's Where To Start.


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