I guess this episode could be termed a "friendly" one, as it just so happens a number of my musical friends have new releases out for sampling, so I dove right in. Toronto drummer Nick Fraser has an excellent album out with Tony Malaby and Kris Davis and they open the show. Violist Ig Henneman from Amsterdam is part of a very non-traditional trio with trumpeter Jaimie Branch and flautist Anne La BargeI know Ig from working with her and the Queen Mab Trio. In fact, she was just in Winnipeg with the Nail Quartet which happens to have clarinetist Lori Freedman (also a Queen Mab alumna) and bassist Nicolas Caloia as members (Ab Baars is the fourth member.) Lori and Nicolas both play in the (Ratchet Orchestra which Caloia leads. And lastly, a long time buddy, multi-reedist Glen Hall is part of a Toronto trio with pianist Bill Gilliam and percussionist Joe Sorbara that has a new recording out as well. There! I didn't miss anyone.
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