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Joel Frahm: The Bright Side

Read "The Bright Side" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Chordless trio recordings featuring saxophone, bass and drums, no piano or guitar in the building, always draw comparisons to 1957 when a pair of the groundbreakers of the genre were recorded by saxophonist Sonny Rollins with A Night At The Village Vanguard (Blue Note Records, 1958) and Way Out West (Contemporary, 1957). Saxophonist Joel Frahm obviously ...

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Francois Bourassa: L'Impact du Silence

Read "L'Impact du Silence" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Solo piano outings often serve as a baring of the artist's soul. Montreal-based pianist Francois Bourassa does just that on his tenth album, L'impact du Silence. Influenced by the piano artistry of Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau and Bill Evans, Bourassa has concentrated on small ensemble work—trios and quartets—on his previous recordings. Bringing his classical music influences ...

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Dan Pitt Quintet: Wrongs

Read "Wrongs" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Maybe it's a case of false humility, or a stab at irony, but guitarist Dan Pitt seems to prefer self-deprecating album titles. The Toronto-based musician's 2019 trio release, Fundamentally Flawed (Self-Produced), featured bassist Alex Fournier and drummer Nick Fraser, and his current offering, Wrongs, adds saxophonists Naomi McCarroll-Butler and Patrick Smith to the mix. For an ...

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The David Restivo Trio: Arancina

Read "Arancina" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The David Restivo Trio's Arancina is all about “home," whether it is pianist Restivo's ancestral home in Sicily, projected with a beautifully-painted homage on his four-part “Sicilian Suite," or his brief home in Nova Scotia with “Raven's Wing," inspired by the dark birds soaring over the Northumberland Strait which separates Nova Scotia from Prince Edward Island. ...

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Richard Whiteman: Very Well & Good

Read "Very Well & Good" reviewed by Edward Blanco


One of the finest jazz musicians on the Canadian jazz scene, Toronto-based pianist / bassist Richard Whiteman lays down what he considers, perhaps, his best recording to date on the audacious Very Well & Good. A long established pianist for decades, Whiteman picked up the double bass in 2004 and has not put it down since. ...

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Griffith Hiltz Trio: Arcade

Read "Arcade" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Johnny Griffith, saxophonist and synthesizer-ist for the Griffin Hiltz Trio (aka: GHT), says, in the midst of his midlife crisis, that “I can't afford a motorcycle, but I can make music." The music that he and his cohorts made, Arcade, draws its inspiration from classic '80s video games and movie themes. The music includes deep grooves ...

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The Nimmons Tribute: Volume 1 - To The Nth

Read "Volume 1 - To The Nth" reviewed by Edward Blanco


The Nimmons Tribute is a small Canadian ensemble dedicated to honoring the living legacy of Phil Nimmons a clarinetist, composer and band leader who, in 2020, was 97-years-old and acknowledged as having done more than anyone else in bringing jazz to the mainstream of Canadian culture. A living legend, active for more than six decades, this ...

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Dave Young Quartet: Ides Of March

Read "Ides Of March" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Maybe the finest compliment you can bestow on an individual in our COVID-19 times is that he/she is a solid citizen, someone who takes it upon themselves to protect others from the dangers of this horrible virus. What does this have to do with the music of bassist/bandleader Dave Young? First, it is fundamental that all ...

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Doxas Brothers: The Circle

Read "The Circle" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Family figures squarely into The Circle. For tenor saxophonist Chet Doxas and drummer Jim Doxas, brotherhood is both a literal and figurative tie. These siblings have been playing music together in various configurations from their earliest days, so their bonds truly extend from blood to bandstand. And with their father manning the board for this quartet ...

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William Chernoff: Aim To Stay

Read "Aim To Stay" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Canadian bassist William Chernoff showcases his crisp, clever writing and musicianship on his exciting debut, Aim To Stay. Leading a quartet made up of fellow alumni from Capilano University, Chernoff interprets seven of his lyrical originals that draw upon his various influences. For instance guitarist Bill Frisell serves as an inspiration for “Stop Me ...


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