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Embargo

Label: Uoft Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Take the “A” Train; Over My Head; Apollo; Summer’s Over; Undiagnosed; Hi Fly; Medium Blue; Embargo.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra: Embargo

Read "Embargo" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Talk about setting the bar high: on an album designed to showcase the talents of students in Professor Terry Promane's classes on arranging, the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra's music director, Gordon Foote, chose to open Embargo with Rob McConnell's classic arrangement of the Billy Strayhorn warhorse, “Take the 'A' Train," thus giving the undergrads a ...

Live at U of T

Label: Uoft Jazz
Released: 2017
Track listing: Split Or Whole; YBSN; Off A Bird;Small One; Open Spaces; Nebula; And The Angels Sing; Missing Person; Blackwell's Message.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Liebman/Murley Quartet: Live at U of T

Read "Live at U of T" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Veteran jazz-er Dave Liebman and Mike Murley blow their saxophones like kindred souls on Live at U of T. In front of an appreciative audience, fronting an inspired bass/drum team, and no guitar or keyboard in the mix--the music is a mixture of liquid freedom, low flame fire, and relative restraint (the “restraint" thing in consideration ...

Rebirth

Label: Uoft Jazz
Released: 2014
Track listing: Contemporary Insanity; The Shadow Knows; Rebirth; BO; September in the Rain; Claire.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

University of Toronto 12TET: Rebirth

Read "Rebirth" reviewed by Jack Bowers

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more congenial curtain-raiser than Jason Stillman's animated, inflexibly swinging “Contemporary Insanity," which opens Rebirth, the debut album by the University of Toronto's snug and well-upholstered 12TET. That's admittedly a tough act to follow, and while the ensemble gives it the old college try it doesn't always live up to the ...


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