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Sam Kirmayer

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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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In This Moment

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Turnout; Cross Purpose; Sleight Of Hand; Blues For Proskurov; Afterthought; The New Same Old; In This Moment; Lost In The City; Quixote; Soliloquy.

Album

Late Night

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Happy; Late Night; Little Pants; Lush Life; Needful; Stella; To Wes; Validation.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sharp Radway, Gerald Clayton and Armen Donelian

Read "Sharp Radway, Gerald Clayton and Armen Donelian" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 752nd Episode of Neon Jazz with pianist Armen Donelian with new music from his latest release Fresh Start. Next, we hear from his friend Billy Harper and a host of veteran artists with new material out in 2022. From the likes of Sam Kirmayer, David Nichtern, Sharp Radway and James Brown Gang. In ...

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Article: Album Review

Sam Kirmayer: In This Moment

Read "In This Moment" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Montreal-based guitarist Sam Kirmayer leads a well-modulated sextet on In This Moment, wherein all ten of the album's numbers were written by Kirmayer. That is both a strength and a weakness. On one hand, Kirmayer's themes are, for the most part, light, sunny and squarely in the jazz tradition; on the other, none of them is ...

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Article: Album Review

Sean Fyfe: Late Night

Read "Late Night" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Sean Fyfe is a peripatetic Canadian jazz pianist who has vagabonded his musical way from Vancouver Island to Montreal to New York City and now London. He has not forgotten the friends he met along the way and so his cohorts for the session are some buddies from Montreal: guitarist Sam Kirmayer, bassist Adrian Vedady and ...

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Article: Album Review

Sean Fyfe Quartet: Late Night

Read "Late Night" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The opening number on pianist Sean Fyfe's latest album, Late Night, is “Happy," which could serve as a subtext for the album as a whole. Even when performing a solo rendition of Billy Strayhorn's mournful “Lush Life," Fyfe somehow manages to sound happy, lending a sunny counterweight to the heart-breaking sense of loss that permeates Strayhorn's ...

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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Album Review

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 ...

Album

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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