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Article: Album Review

Fraser MacPherson: From The Pen Of...

Read "From The Pen Of..." reviewed by Jack Bowers


The late tenor saxophonist Fraser MacPherson was well-known in western Canada and elsewhere for his brilliance—but as player, not a writer. In fact, according to MacPherson's son Guy, who wrote the excellent liner notes to From the Pen of..., his father wrote barely a dozen or so original compositions, almost all of which are included on ...

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Fraser MacPherson: From The Pen Of...

Read "From The Pen Of..." reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Tenor saxophonist Fraser MacPherson was an original. Although he was raised in Victoria, British Columbia, he moved to Vancouver early in his career where he remained throughout his working life. He began to build his reputation as a Lester Young-influenced player, and in the mid '70s recorded his first trio album for West End Records with ...

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Article: Big Band Report

In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question

Read "In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Suppose a month goes by, you have a column to publish, but nothing has happened that's worth writing about. What do you do then? Read on, as the question is about to be answered. A while back there was a discussion at a Stan Kenton web site (Kentonia) about musicians or groups of ...

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Article: Interview

Mike LeDonne: Where There’s Smoke

Read "Mike LeDonne:  Where There’s Smoke" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar


Mike LeDonne has more than made his mark in jazz over the years, on both piano and organ. One of the New York jazz scene's premier instrumentalists, he's long been a favorite of fellow musicians. “He is incredible," said the late Oscar Peterson, who once described how he would rush to hear LeDonne play every night ...

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Two Much Guitar

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2006
Track listing: Chi Chi; All The Things You Are; Polka Dots; Zattitude; Darn That Dream; Have You Met Miss Jones; If You Could See Me Now; So Nice.

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Oliver Gannon & Bill Coon: Two Much Guitar

Read "Two Much Guitar" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Here's another new offering for afficianados of jazz guitar duos! Veteran Canadian jazzmen Oliver Gannon and Bill Coon team up for eight duets, ably assisted by bassist Darren Radtke and drummer Dave Robbins, for this live recording at the Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver. In the liner notes, label honcho Cory Weeks finds a unique way ...

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That's What

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2005
Track listing: Jay's Blues (7:27), Bright Mississippi (5:57), Four Cats (6:58), Brooklyn (5:34), Goodbye Porkpie Hat (7:26), Stella By Starlight (9:07), That's What (6:50), Talk Of The Town (5:56), Soul Journey (8:15)

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Oliver Gannon: That's What

Read "That's What" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Hearing jazz live is arguably the best way to experience it. Barring that, a live recording, done well, can be a reasonable substitute. A live show that has that magic, that “it," is a rare thing, and a good recording of one of those is even rarer. That's What is most definitely in that category, and ...


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