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Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson began his musical studies in 1981 at Malaspina College in Nanamio, B.C., where he studied composition with Pat Carpenter. He took private guitar instruction from Oliver Gannon. Further schooling, included two summer sessions at the Banff School of the Arts. His teachers there included Dave Holland, John Abercrombie, Kevin Eubanks, Steve Coleman, Muhal Richard Abrams and others. Tony has also studied composition privately with multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia and new music composer Georgio Magnenensi. After moving to Vancouver, B.C. in 1987, he started playing and writing for the sextet Video Barbeque

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Article: Hi-Res Jazz

Human Feel: Speak To It

Read "Human Feel: Speak To It" reviewed by Mark Werlin


What is chamber jazz? The emergence of chamber jazz as a genre can be traced to the innovative sextet sides recorded in the mid-1930s by bandleader John Kirby, and to the trio and small-ensemble post-war recordings of Benny Goodman. By the late 1940s, the term 'chamber jazz' was widely used in industry publications such ...

Article: Album Review

Waxwing: Flicker Down

Read "Flicker Down" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Disco elegante e al tempo stesso di nerbo, attento al dettaglio ma capace di lasciarsi andare quando necessario, riflessivo e pensoso, aereo, a tratti persino elegiaco (in particolare quando a prendere in mano le redini è il violoncello della sempre impeccabile Peggy Lee), quanto, altrove, deciso, affermativo, il tutto svariando da brani brevissimi (cinque attorno al ...

Album

Flicker Down

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Flicker Down; On This Day; Fweeo Walks By; Your Bet; Time Waited; A Day’s Life; Montbretia Gates; Highway of Tears; Birds in Cages; Crossing Paths; Joe’s Theme; Breathe; Invisible Something; Just Saying; Cloaks of Coax; Peace for Animeek; Chasing the End; Parasitic.

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Article: Live Review

Jazztopad 2019

Read "Jazztopad 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Vincent Courtois Trio Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music, Mleczarnia Club Jazztopad Wroclaw November 21-24, 2019 On my arrival in Wroclaw, on the way to the reverend National Forum of Music (NFM), the first familiar face I met in the street was Mateusz Rybicki, a musician that has ...

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Article: Year in Review

2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1

Read "2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Part 1 | Part 2 Every year the 'Best-of' game is underway again. But, “best of what?" is the immediate question. It's almost impossible for fishes of prey to hunt in a huge herring swarm, or for birds of prey to hunt in those huge budgerigar swarms. 'The best' is a choice from the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Andrew Collier, Jon Crompton, Zwitschermaschine & More

Read "Andrew Collier, Jon Crompton, Zwitschermaschine & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Portuguese drummer Joao Lencastre's tune Departure seemed like the right track to end a show, but perhaps I saved the best for last as well. His new recording Parallel Realities is a gem. Lencastre says he likes to hear dramatic contrasts in music, so that was his focus and the tool was using smaller groups within ...

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Article: Book Review

Claude Ranger: Canadian Jazz Legend

Read "Claude Ranger: Canadian Jazz Legend" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Claude Ranger: Canadian Jazz Legend Mark Miller 279 pages ISBN: 978-1-77302-559-9 Tellwell Talent 2017 The ultimate impact of a man's life is not always synonymous with the things he leaves behind. Such is the tacit premise of Mark Miller's exceptional biography of Canadian jazz drummer, composer and bandleader ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2016, Part 2

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2016, Part 2" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain


Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Various Venues Victoriaville, Quebec May 21-22, 2016 Part 1 | Part 2 Following a memorable--in a good way--first two days of FIMAV, Saturday's program promised more highlights, anchored by three consecutive sets of musicians performing John Zorn's Bagatelles at ...

Album

A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2015
Track listing: A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists; For Ross; Ponderosa; For Claude; Snow Blind; Interlude #1; Dune; Reigning Cats And Dogs; Clementine; Thicket; A Line Through; Cinder; The Owl Of Crowston; Gone.


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