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Shirantha Beddage

Two-time JUNO-nominated musician Shirantha Beddage (“Shurr-ANN-tha BED-da-gay”) is a baritone saxophonist, composer and educator from Toronto, Canada. His original music combines hard bop and modern jazz to create a sound that is both accessible and sophisticated. He has released three critically-acclaimed albums as a leader: Roots and Branches, Identity (2013 JUNO nominee) and Momentum (2017 JUNO nominee). As a sideman, he has been featured on recordings with the Order of Canada Band, Suzie Arioli, Laila Biali, Nancy Walker, Mike Downes and many others. His compositional skills have won him accolades such as the Montreal Jazz Festival Galaxie Rising Star Award, recognitions at the Canadian Songwriting Competition, and placements in the Emmy-winning TV series “Fargo”. Shirantha currently serves as a full-time professor in the Humber College Bachelor of Music program, where he also hosts the “Staff Lounge” Teaching and Learning podcast

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Magpie

Label: TPR Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Part I: The Road; Part II: For Joy; Part III: Circling Feathers; Part IV: The White Elk; Part V: Nest Predator; Part VI: Carrion; Part VII: The Mountain Cries; Part VIII: Crystallization (For R.)

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Article: Album Review

The Composers Collective Big Band: The Toronto Project

Read "The Toronto Project" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The term Composers Collective is quite often a thinly veiled phrase that signifies “experimental" or “avant-garde" jazz. Thankfully, that is far from true on the Composers Collective Big Band's irrepressible The Toronto Project, which carries the listener on a buoyant and colorful musical journey through Canada's largest city, capital of the province of Ontario and home ...

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The History of Us

Label: Three Pines
Released: 2021
Track listing: Finding Home Suite (A New Life/A Mother’s Song/Home); Goodbye Old Friend; Suite 1985 (The Epitaph—for Mom/Swept Out to Sea—for Dad/Wisely If Sincerely).

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Article: Album Review

Carn Davidson 9: The History of Us

Read "The History of Us" reviewed by Jack Bowers


From north of the U.S. border comes The History of Us, a warm-hearted album by the Carn Davidson 9, a Toronto-based nonet co-led by trombonist William Carn and saxophonist Tara Davidson. The album consists of a pair of three-part suites, one by Carn, the other by Davidson, separated by Carn's amiable composition, “Goodbye Old Friend," a ...

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Murphy

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Try Again; Family Portrait; Glassman; Murphy’s Law; Second Act (for Ron); Reason, Season, Lifetime; Colebourn; Murphy!

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John Pittman: Kinship

Read "Kinship" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The ineluctable charms of John Pittman's music may very well be connected to the sense of fellow feeling he projects on this, his debut album. For in these eight songs, the Canadian trumpeter promotes a sense of togetherness and unity that cuts not only to the title at hand, but also to the very core of ...

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Pairings

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Do Do Do; Make It a Double; Tea for Two; La tête dans la lune; Small Day Tomorrow; Just a Little Dance; Always; Can't Find My Way No More; Begin the Beguine; Lies of Handsome Men; Straighten Out; Please Send Me Someone to Love

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Momentum

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: 1.Pork Chop; 2. Drag and Drop; 3. Gravity; 4. Centrifugal Force; 5. Momentum; 6. Axis of Rotation; 7. Angle of Incidence; 8. The Long Goodbye

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Article: Album Review

Shirantha Beddage: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by Dave Wayne


The fact that Momentum is only Shirantha Beddage's third album as a leader since 2007 suggests that he's either putting a lot of thought into his music, or that he has a lot of other stuff going on. One thing he has going on is composing music for the FX television series Fargo. Still, it's kind ...


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