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Whisky Kisses by Alex Bird & The Jazz Mavericks Available On October 23, 2020

Whisky Kisses by Alex Bird & The Jazz Mavericks Available On October 23, 2020

Alex Bird is a singer/songwriter and actor from Toronto, Canada. Alex is quickly becoming one of the top new Jazz crooners on the scene. With a swinging style and an indescribable charm, Alex is currently working on an entirely new chapter in the Great American Songbook, with his soon to be released original 11 track debut ...

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Jacek Kochan & musiConspiracy: Occupational Hazard

Read "Occupational Hazard" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Polish-born and current Canadian Jacek Kochan's 22nd release as a leader, Occupational Hazard, exists at the crossroads of straight ahead and electric jazz. A drummer, composer and arranger, Kochan has played with a variety of musicians over the course of his long career. On Occupational Hazard he leverages this broad experience to bring together ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Segger: Lift Off

Read "Lift Off" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This Canadian band throws almost everything imaginable at the studio walls in synchronous fashion. And while the album may be classified as an EP, due to its 29-minute length, quality is the underlying factor throughout. Based out of Edmonton, Segger started this band via its first album, The Beginning (18th Note Records, 2011). Nine-years later, the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Segger Sextet: Lift Off

Read "Lift Off" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Fracas and focus are not mutually exclusive concepts. In purely linguistic terms, invoking the label “avant-garde" when addressing sound often calls to mind a melee-as-music scenario. The audible truth, however, is something else entirely. An artist's work can lean far to the left without falling off the comprehensibility scale, and drummer Mark Segger makes that argument ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Hum: Ordinary Heroes

Read "Ordinary Heroes" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Canadian jazz pianist Peter Hum has been a fixture and mainstay on the Ottawa jazz scene for three decades. A journalist by profession, covering education, crime and city hall for the Ottawa Citizen, a social conscious and music, have always been driving forces in his life. His third album as leader, Ordinary Heroes contains ten original ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Emie R. Roussel Trio: Rythme de Passage

Read "Rythme de Passage" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The artist's job: Find your voice. The Montreal-based Emie Rioux Roussel Trio has spent ten years at the endeavor, one that has taken the group to Japan, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy and Estonia, garnering many prestigious award nominations along the way. The music on Rythme de Passage, the group's fifth album release, displays sharply-defined ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Great new albums - mostly from Canada

Read "Great new albums - mostly from Canada" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A selection of six new releases this time.... the majority of which are fine examples of a rich Canadian jazz scene Italian Guitarist Renato Podestà with his first album as a band leader with music inspired by New Orleans music tradition and the contemporary New York scene. Ottawa pianist Peter Hum with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Hum: Ordinary Heroes

Read "Ordinary Heroes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The ideals of promise and hope, and the desire to create a better world and drive out the darkness, need not be fueled or forwarded by the extraordinary. As George Takei, the legendary actor-cum-activist once noted in referencing the individuals who provided succor during the horrors of the Japanese-American internment camps of World War II, it's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Godfrey: Square Peg

Read "Square Peg" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Mark Godfrey has done his fair share of commuting in furtherance of his jazz career. Toronto--his home base--to New York has been a regular journey. The near five hundred mile trip would certainly be shorter (timewise) via airplane. But the decision was made to roll in a 2006 Dodge Caravan, due to the fact (we can ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

TuneTown: There From Here

Read "There From Here" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

What happens in Canada stays in Canada. Sadly, this worn out phrasing tends to ring true when it comes to Jazz from there. Regrettably so. The jazz scenes in Québec and especially Toronto are as vibrant as they've ever been and produce some of the more interesting releases out there today. The drummer of the acoustic ...


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