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A Tune for Cal

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Label: Chronograph Records
Released: 2018
Duration: 04:10

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Gordian Knot

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Label: G-B Records
Released: 2019
Duration: 4:57

Play On Words

Label: G-B Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Gordian Knot; Ishtar Fan; Round Shot; All Stops to Oshawa; In Vino Veritas; Mr. P.L.; Not With a Wimp But a Banker; Unfit to be Prez; Till the Clouds Roll By; Keep it Stupid;

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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 ...

Undertones

Label: Chronograph Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: A Tune for Cal; Rose Room; 'Deed I Do; Tenderly; You're My Everything; Take it to the Banks Tom!; Charade; S'posin'; I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You; Four Brothers.

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Mary Ellen Desmond at Paris Bistro and Jazz Café

Read "Mary Ellen Desmond at Paris Bistro and Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Mary Ellen Desmond Paris Bistro and Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA August 26, 2017 The Paris Bistro and Jazz Café is in Chestnut Hill, a neighborhood in the Northwest corner of Philadelphia that's like an upscale village all its own, with boutique stores and restaurants and the last stop on the ...

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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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The Brian Dickinson Quintet: The Rhythm Method

Read "The Rhythm Method" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Toronto-based pianist Brian Dickinson explores the “quintet with a two sax front line" on The Rhythm Method. He takes his lead from the somewhat overlooked pianist/conceptualist Lennie Tristano, who broke the ground with his historic 1949 Capitol Sessions featuring Lee Konitz on alto sax and Warne Marsh on tenor sax; and with his 1956 recordings with ...

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Stu Harrison: Volume 1

Read "Volume 1" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Toronto-based pianist Stu Harrison doesn't boast much of an internet presence, so we'll go with the music: Stu Harrison: Volume I is a celebration of the standard piano trio format, a joyful immersion into ten familiar tunes, beginning with Lerner & Lowe's “The Street where You Live," from My Fair Lady soundtrack. The lively take on ...


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