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Formed in 2007, Waxwing is a co-led group created by three veterans of the Vancouver music scene: Tony Wilson on guitar, Peggy Lee on cello and Jon Bentley on saxophones. The trio has released three studio recordings featuring their original compositions: "Flicker Down" (2021 Songlines Recordings) , "A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists" (2015 - Songlines Recordings), and "Escondido Dreams" (2007 - Drip Audio). The recipient of numerous Canada Council Grants, Waxwing has performed their unique works in concerts across Canada and has been a regular favourite in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival


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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 ...


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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Benoît Delbecq, Charles Mingus, Danilo Gallo, Tom Rainey & More New Releases

Read "Benoît Delbecq, Charles Mingus, Danilo Gallo, Tom Rainey & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In this installment of Mondo Jazz we check out the latest releases by prolific French pianist Benoit Delbecq, the expanded version of Charles Mingus' 1974 legendary concert at Carnegie Hall, the textural work of Waxwing and the trio of Thomas Strønen, Ayumi Tanaka, Marthe Lea, and a couple of albums that may end up very high ...


News: Recording

'Flicker Down,' New Release From Modern Chamber Jazz Trio Waxwing, Available On May 21

'Flicker Down,' New Release From Modern Chamber Jazz Trio Waxwing, Available On May 21

"Elegant and bittersweet…The original compositions, by each of the three band members, accommodate fluttery abstraction as well as glowing consonance. Everything—the shifting interplay, the shape of the tunes, the mood—communicates a sense of proportion." —Nate Chinen, New York Times Following their 2015 Songlines release, A Bowl of Sixty Taxidermists, Vancouver’s premier chamber jazz trio Waxwing (formed ...

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Jon Bentley


Jon Bentley is a Juno nominated saxophonist based in Vancouver, Canada. A versatile musician, Jon performs and records in many genres of music both as a leader and a sideman. He has recorded and/or performed professionally in concerts with musicians/ groups such as Kenny Wheeler, Seamus Blake, Dave Douglas, Mark Helias, Brad Turner, Denzal Sinclaire, Eddie Daniels, Oliver Lake, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Phil Dwyer's Saxophone Summit, The Temptations, Peggy Lee Band, Neil Swainson, and Metalwood. Aside from his participation in many recording projects as a sideman, Bentley has released two albums as a leader: "Jon Bentley Quintet: Motions" and "Diversions: American Prophecy." As a co-leader, Jon has released: "UGETSU: Live at the Cellar", "Wilson/Lee/Bentley: Escondido Dreams", and "Waxwing: A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists"


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.


Article: Album Review

Waxwing: A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists

Read "A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The second album from this Vancouver-based trio--originally going by Wilson/Lee/Bentley, now known as Waxwing--is a study in contrasts. Idiosyncratic miniatures sit shoulder to shoulder with statements of serenity, eerie constructs and macabre scenarios are quickly replaced with comforting sounds, and uncertainty peaks around every corner. But there's a distinctive group sound and aesthetic here that transcends ...


Escondido Dreams

Label: Drip Audio
Released: 2008
Track listing: Laxing Lizards Resume, Sinister Two, Floating Island, Man and Dog, Escondido Dreams, Tony's Solo, Frenetic warrior, Max's Dream, Monkey Tree/Just Stories, Fornette, Mor Feen, Sweet Misery, Lemon, Killed To Death


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