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Neil Swainson

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Four-time Juno award winner and recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Toronto Musician’s Association, Neil Swainson is among the most respected and accomplished bassists on the jazz scene today. Born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1955, Neil discovered the acoustic bass in high school and primarily taught himself how to play. From 1975 to 1977, he toured Canada with one of the early pioneers of new age music, the flutist Paul Horn. Soon after, Neil relocated east to Toronto where for the next decade, he worked with such Canadian jazz masters as Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Moe Koffman and Peter Appleyard

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Fire In The West

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Fire In The West; Fool's Gold; Cascades; Standing Back; Fell Among Thieves; Kyushu; Late Afternoon; Near North; Gone Away; Silver Mine

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Don't Look Back

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Don't Look Back; I Hear A Rhapsody; Floating; Together; May In June; The Mover; Jump For Joe; The Latest; Danse Encore; One Is Enough; Who Cares.

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On A Mountain

Label: Cellar Music Group
Released: 2021
Track listing: From You; Carla's Blues; In The Moment; Wild Is Love; I've Grown Accustomed To His Face; On a Mountain; A Felicidade; Mean Joe; Everything I Love.

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Article: Album Review

Shannon Gunn: On A Mountain

Read "On A Mountain" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Leave it to Canadian record producer and tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds to discover a hidden gem of an album. Vocalist Shannon Gunn recorded On A Mountain in May 2001 but it languished unreleased until now. Backed by a stellar group of both Canadian and US musicians such as pianist Renee Rosnes, drummer Billy Drummond, bassist Neil ...

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Article: Album Review

Shannon Gunn: On A Mountain

Read "On A Mountain" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Across the years, vocalist Shannon Gunn's raison d'être was the stage. A mainstay of the Canadian jazz scene for several decades, both as an influential educator and performer, she staked her claim in front of countless audiences and acquired plenty of admirers in the process. But when this respected musician passed away in July of 2020, ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Will Lyle

Read "Take Five with Will Lyle" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Will Lyle Born in Southern California, Will began studying cello when he was three and also played drums, guitar, piano and percussion, taking up the electric bass at the age of 12. “I had aspirations to become a producer and I originally went to Berklee for musical production, but during my freshman year I heard ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bill Evans & Frank Kimbrough

Read "Bill Evans & Frank Kimbrough" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We set a peaceful tone with the first track on the first episode of 2021 with Bill Evans and the iconic tune “Peace Piece." The 682nd Episode continues to profile the voices and new music that has been released during the 2020 pandemic. The music includes Marcus Printup, Monika Hoffman, Seth Trachy and Trish Clowes. We ...

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49th Parallel

Label: Reel to Reel
Released: 2020
Track listing: 49th Parallel;Port Of Spain; Southern Exposure; On The Lam; Don't Hurt Yourself; Homestretch.

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Article: Album Review

Neil Swainson Quintet: 49th Parallel

Read "49th Parallel" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


For those who are geographically inclined, the 49th Parallel is the location of the Canada/US border that runs from British Columbia to the Manitoba/Ontario line. For those with a more musical inclination, it is the title of a limited edition vinyl LP reissue (of a 1987 CD) on Reel to Reel Records by the Neil Swainson ...


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