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Joe Sullivan Big Band: Unfamiliar Surroundings

Read "Unfamiliar Surroundings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Unfamiliar Surroundings, a well-designed two-CD set by trumpeter Joe Sullivan's all-star ensemble from north of the border, consists of three disparate suites, two on Disc 1, the other on Disc 2. If the surroundings seem unfamiliar, the music is not, as it honors the legendary bellwethers of the Big Band Era without echoing any of them. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Sullivan: Whisky Jack Waltz

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Trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator Joe Sullivan grew up in a large Franco-Ontarian family in the Northern Ontario town of Timmins. As a youth, music was a part of daily life. Sullivan began his formal training on piano and at the age of fifteen he also started playing the trumpet. In his formative years, Sullivan led ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Sullivan Big Band: Northern Ontario Suite

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The latest recording by Canadian trumpeter Joe Sullivan's big band is built around his picturesque six-movement Northern Ontario Suite, whose purpose is to portray musically the sights, sounds and ambience of Sullivan's frosty corner of the world including the often spectacular aurora borealis ("northern lights"). The suite is preceded by a pair of Sullivan's engaging compositions ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Christine Jensen: Impressionism

Read "Christine Jensen: Impressionism" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] I was first exposed to alto saxophonist Christine Jensen through working with her trumpet playing sister Ingrid Jensen. We played some of her music, which really struck me as direct, mature, grounded and highly creative. Later on I got to meet ...

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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jonathan Orland Debuts with "Homes"

Born and raised in Paris, Jonathan Orland started playing music during his childhood, starting with piano and clarinet. He got interested in Jazz in his early teenage years, and started learning by himself the saxophone before taking lessons with Thomas Savy, Tom Buckner and André Villégier and Antoine Daurès. Then he passed his music studies diploma ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Thom Gossage Other Voices: In Other Words

Read "In Other Words" reviewed by Matt Marshall

According to drummer Thom Gossage, the tracks on this, the fifth release by his Other Voices ensemble, are launched from a single figure--anything from a simple melodic line, to fully composed pieces of music, rhythm scores, electronic soundscapes, chants and poems--that are subsequently abstracted through an assemblage process. The idea came to him after viewing a ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

[iks]: The Iksperience, Alive and Well

Read "[iks]: The Iksperience, Alive and Well" reviewed by Pascal-Denis Lussier

Those of you who've had the opportunity to hear the Montreal-based contemporary jazz band [iks] have, I'm certain, immediately felt one of two things: nonplussed or absolute love; it's one of those bands. Those who've felt the former and awarded this band the necessary attention along with those who've instantly felt the latter are ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Steve Amirault: One Existence, Two Voices

Read "Steve Amirault: One Existence, Two Voices" reviewed by Pascal-Denis Lussier

Initially, I was disappointed to find out that pianist Steve Amirault was taking this new direction. Jazz singers have never really been my thing. Anyone that knows me knows I have a penchant for the lyric-less stuff--music that breaks all bounds, and language tends to impose extreme restrictions. Nonetheless, despite my own usual preferences, I'm always ...


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