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Reg Schwager is one of Canada’s leading jazz guitarists. His reputation has led to him performing with internationally acclaimed jazz artists such as Mel Tormé, Pepper Adams, Hank Jones, Junior Mance, Jimmy McGriff and Zoot Sims, and such celebrated Canadian jazz musicians as Diana Krall, Rob McConnell, Peter Appleyard, Oliver Jones, Dave Young and Don Thompson. Recent highlights include television, concert and club performances in the US, Japan and the Bahamas with master jazz pianist George Shearing. As described in the Halifax Chronicle “Schwager has managed to become the hottest of rising Canadian musicians…Schwager’s solos sprout like vines in the jungle, tangled and tough, and winding through everything

Old Flames Never Die

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Stars; Two Faces in the Dark; My, How the Time Goes By; The Moon is a Harsh Mistress; If You Leave Paris; I Got Lost in His Arms; Old Flames Never Die; There Is No Music; Above the Clouds; Both Sides Now; Why Think About Tomorrow;

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Mike Murley: Taking Flight

Read "Taking Flight" reviewed by Don Phipps

Mike Murley's Taking Flight is a candlelight romance of well-chosen covers and two original compositions. At times, Murley's sax sound is slightly reminiscent of Ben Webster while, when he plays ballads, one can hear echoes of John Coltrane. In short, his sound is sweet and warm. Combining this sound with the elegant contributions of his bandmates ...

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Monica Chapman: Small World

Read "Small World" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Romanian-born, Toronto-based vocalist Monica Chapman delivers Small World, her third album since 2013, in a concept recording of songs from some of her favorite movies such as Gypsy, Band Wagon, Goldfinger, and Sweet Charity just to name a few. A classically-trained singer who performed musical theatre, Chapman had always had a passion for movies but was ...

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Peter Campbell: Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn

Read "Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Put aside notes, chords, rhythm, and the rest of the composite parts that add up to a song, for none of it means a thing if there's no real story to tell and no true artist to mold and honor the truth in the tale. The late Shirley Horn had an instinctual understanding about that fact, ...

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Al Muirhead: Northern Adventures

Read "Northern Adventures" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When you've been a musician as long as Al Muirhead has, you not only earn many friends in the business, you also recognize who among them can play. For Northern Adventures, Muirhead's second album as leader of his own group, the eighty-one-year-old Canadian trumpeter assembled a who's who of the finest musicians his country has to ...

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Susie Arioli: Spring

Read "Spring" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Canadian Jazz singer from Montreal and multiple Juno-Award nominee Susie Arioli, presents another spectacular rhythm-based recording on Spring, a spectacular blues and soul-influenced vocal project combining four fresh originals with a selection of vibrant standards for a very spicy and rousing good time. Under the direction of multi-instrumentalist/arranger and multiple Juno-Award winner Don Thompson, Arioli fronts ...

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Lonely Universe Re-issue

Lonely Universe Re-issue

MONTREAL, QC (CANADA) — On June 18, 2014, Jazz from Rant will re-issue their pivotal recording, Lonely Universe, à la plage, one of the first recordings produced on the label, originally released in 1993. It features Jeannette Lambert performing her poetry along with Michel Lambert, drums, and Michael White, trumpet (who had performed as a duo ...

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Dave Bennett: Don't Be That Way

Read "Don't Be That Way" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Clarinetist Dave Bennett's Don't Be That Way is a throwback album, but it's not a carbon copy of what's come before. Bennett certainly finds inspiration in the work of past masters, driving down the highways and byways that have been paved by Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman and others, but he's willing to look at ...

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Philip May Quartet Releases New CD

Philip May Quartet Releases New CD

SUDBURY, ON (CANADA): On June 18 2013, jazz drummer Philip May will release his new recording “Sudbury”, named after his hometown in Northern Ontario, Canada. Philip May began playing drums professionally at age fourteen and pursued his studies both at Berklee and York University. His jazz quintet Broche à Foin’s last album, “People We Have Known”, ...


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