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Solon McDade

Solon McDade grew up in a musical environment constantly surrounded by music and musicians. He began playing the washtub bass as soon as he was big enough to pick it up, and later moved on to the larger upright bass. He and his siblings were trained as musicians from a young age and exposed to their parents’ extensive and eclectic record collection. They were soon playing alongside their parents in the McDade Family Band, a group that toured Canada with their own brand of Canadiana folk music at festivals and theatres throughout the 1980s and 1990s. These gigs and particularly the late-night jam sessions at folk festivals left a lasting impression on Solon

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Ensemble de Magnac

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Intuition (feat. Sarah Rossy); Lady Justice; Psalm 23 / Chorale IV (feat. V.J.R. Bailey); Rocking Chair in 3 Sittings.

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Murals

Label: Solon McDade
Released: 2018
Track listing: He's A Problem In The Locker Room; Buy The Tractor; Do Airplanes Scratch The Sky; Whatever Whatever; The Ballad Of Sir William Ormerod; Off The Bed Rose; Blues For Sebastian; Ali's Seconed Line; A Shorter Thing.

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Solon McDade: Murals

Read "Murals" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


This is the debut release by ace Canadian bassist and Juno Award winner, Solon McDade. And it's a welcome surprise, to say the least. Think of classic small ensemble Prestige or Blue Note recordings with a modern uplift and state-of-the-art recording processes to conjure a good idea of the quintet's deportment and stylization. McDade is an ...

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Ali's Second Line

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Label: Solon McDade
Released: 2018
Duration: 5:21

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Solon McDade: Murals

Read "Murals" reviewed by Anya Wassenberg


An inventive sense of composition characterizes Murals by Toronto-based jazz bassist and composer Solon McDade. As a composer, McDade possesses a dramatic sense of structure that is always multi-layered, and constantly shifting in mood and tone. “He's A Problem In The Locker Room" intertwines tenor and alto sax over a driving drum and busy ...

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Solon McDade: Murals

Read "Murals" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


This all started with the washtub bass for Solon McDade, slipping into the switch to the more refined upright bass, and years of performance with the McDade Family Band, Canada's contribution to roots music. His career branched out and resulted in his playing bass on several recordings that won the coveted Juno Award, perhaps most notably ...

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He's A Problem In The Locker Room

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Label: Solon McDade
Released: 2018
Duration: 05:42


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