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Neil Swainson


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


A Song Is Born (with George Shearing)

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Just Friends; I Let a Song Go Out of; Nobody’s Heart Belongs to Me; Blues In My Heart; Shake Rattle and Roll; A Child is Born; I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water; Little Girl Blue; Who She Do?; Sometimes I'm Happy; Roll 'Em Pete; Tenderly; The Comeback.


One More For The Road

Label: Cornerstone Records Inc.
Released: 2023
Track listing: Two for the Road; Gentle Rain; Blue Monk; My Ideal; You're Nearer; Bye Bye Blues; The Good Life; East of the Sun; Second Chance; Last Night When We Were Young; Ill Wind; Ballad of the Sad Young Men.


The Magnificent

Label: Cellar Music group
Released: 2023
Track listing: You're OK; Barney's Castle; Slapped My Mind; Virtue Signals; To Begin, Begin; Bernice; The Magnificent; Theme For Jocie; Rosemary.



Label: HGBS
Released: 2023
Track listing: Dig That!; The Time Being; Waltz You Needn’t; Silent Voices; Highway 9; Shadows; Terre de DuSable; One Thing Led to Another.


Recent History

Label: Cornerstone Records Inc.
Released: 2023
Track listing: Monk's Dream; Recent History; Someday; A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing; Things; Embrace; Alone Together; Soul Wise; I Only Want; Writer's Tears; Prisoner of Love.


The Return

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Return; Peregrination; There and Back; Tomorrow Never Knows; Secret Garden; Allure; Angel; Payback.


Article: Year in Review

Jack Bowers' Best Jazz Albums Of 2023

Read "Jack Bowers' Best Jazz Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Jack Bowers

2023 was another banner year for jazz of all shapes and sizes. It has been a pleasure to review so many splendid big-band albums along with wonderful enterprises by smaller groups, some of which were recording for the first time (hopefully, not the last). If this was a preview of things to come, we look forward ...


Article: Album Review

Joel Haynes: The Return

Read "The Return" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Return! is certainly well-named, as it is drummer Joel Haynes' third album as leader of his own group but the first in fifteen years, following Cellar Music recordings The Time Is Now (2005) and Transitions (2008). During his long absence from a recording studio, however, Toronto-based Haynes has managed to stay busy, performing with many ...


Article: Album Review

Brad Turner Quintet: The Magnificent

Read "The Magnificent" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If the title of Canadian trumpeter Brad Turner's latest album, The Magnificent, sounds a trifle self-absorbed, rest assured it does not refer to him but to another “magnificent" horn player, the late Thad Jones. The honorific, however, would not be unwisely used if applied to Turner himself, who not only excels on the trumpet but also ...


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