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Sam Kirmayer

Guitarist and composer Sam Kirmayer, plays straight-ahead jazz with “fearlessness and momentum”– Katie Malloch (CBC Jazz Beat & Tonic). One of CBC Music’s picks for the “35 best Canadian jazz musicians under 35”, Kirmayer’s playing has been described as “sharp and clean melodic lines peppered with exquisite chording and comping… never overstated and always expressed with good taste”– C. Michael Bailey (All About Jazz). Kirmayer’s debut recording, Opening Statement (Chromatic Audio 2017), was well received, earning 4-stars from All About Jazz and winning the Julian Award of Excellence for Emerging Canadian Jazz Artists from CJSF 90.1 FM

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Marshal Herridge: Chapter One

Read "Chapter One" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Marshal Herridge is a young bassist from Montreal who here releases his first CD, a set of energetic mainstream jazz, with a band containing three local musicians: guitarist Sam Kirmayer, pianist Andre White and drummer Guillaume Pilote. Herridge wrote all the music using a variety of familiar approaches. “HerridgeIn" has a brisk boppish melody ...

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Marshal Herridge: Chapter One

Read "Chapter One" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Chapter One, the debut recording from bassist Marshal Herridge, showcases his admirable Montreal-based quartet performing nine of the leader's bright and limber compositions and arrangements. Besides keeping splendid time (his sonorous bass is recorded so prominently that not a beat is missed or undervalued), Herridge solos eloquently in the manner of his musical heroes, Paul Chambers ...

Chapter One

Label: Bonneville Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Herridgein; Lee-Ann; Ocarina; Helga; I Should Have Said; Setting Out; Chippin; Blues for Paul; Wonderland.

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Helga

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Label: Bonneville Records
Released: 2019
Duration: 5:12

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Ten on Cellar Live

Read "Ten on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

That crafty Canadian Cory Weeds was onto something with the creation of his Cellar Live and now Cellar Music label. He reveals himself as a man for all seasons in being a confident saxophonist, music historian, and archivist with his new label Reel to Real (in cooperation with that maestro of the catalog, Zev Feldman. With ...

High And Low

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2018
Track listing: High and Low; Farnsworth, Nancy (With the Laughing Face); On A Clear Day; What Could Have Been; Cazelais Oublié; Ill Wind; Recurrence; Almost Dawn.

Opening Statement

Label: Chromatic Audio
Released: 2017
Track listing: Synedoche; For All We Know; Jiro’s Dream; Resonance After Dark; My Shining Hour; The Night We Called It a Day; One for Pete; Opening Statement.

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Sam Kirmayer: Opening Statement

Read "Opening Statement" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Whenever a group of young musicians (in this case a guitar-led quartet from Montreal) makes its recording debut, a number of questions quickly arise. First and foremost, can they play? Check. Do they swing? Check. Is the music bright and refreshing? Check. Are they sharp and enthusiastic? Check. Do they blend well as a team? Check ...


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