Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra – Common Ground – Addo
Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra – Common Ground [TrackList follows] – Addo AJR032 (2 CDs), 91:04 ****: This is a band that has an expressive command of some very challenging material. It doesn’t seem to be all that long ago, although perhaps it was, there were a number of significant jazz orchestras in Canada including Rob […]
Baron Tymas (guitar) – Montréal
Baron Tymas (guitar) – Montréal [TrackList follows] – Self, 50:30 (Avail. as MP-3 from Amazon) ***: They should be encouraged to continue on their creative journey. (Baron Tymas – guitar; Joshua Rager – piano; Sage Reynolds – acoustic bass & bass guitar; Jim Doxas – drums; Guests: Jeri Brown – vocal on track 5; Charles […]
Al Muirhead – Northern Adventures – The Canada Sessions Vol. 1 – Chronograph
Al Muirhead – Northern Adventures – The Canada Sessions Vol. 1 (TrackList follows) – Chronograph CRO 46, 57:58 [1/27/17] ***: A Canadian excursion into the Great American Songbook. (Al Muirhead – trumpet, Flugelhorn & bass trumpet; Tommy Banks – piano 2/6/10; Guido Basso – Flugelhorn 2/6/10; Mike Murley – tenor saxophone 4/9; Chris Andrew – […]
Audio News for February 7, 2017
Jamie Parker Commemorates 150 Years of Classical Music in Canada – He is the face classical piano music thruout Canada and enjoys bringing its joys to audiences around the world. He is judge for the Cliburn Competition and often paralyses his Facebook followers with laughter. Competitors in the annual Piano Hero competition are evaluated mainly […]
Blue Canvas – Brandi Disterheft with Harold Mabern & Joe Farnsworth – Justin Time
Blue Canvas – Brandi Disterheft with Harold Mabern & Joe Farnsworth – Justin Time JUST 255-2, 44:55 ****: A smart and expressive release. (Brandi Disterheft – acoustic bass, cello, vocals; Harold Mabern – piano; Joe Farnsworth – drums) Guy Dixon, writing for Canada’s Globe & Mail on July 20,2009, offered the following headline: “It’s 3 […]
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque – Oddara – Linus Ent.
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque – Oddara – Linus Ent., 270244, 53:51****: Oddara is a surging, rhythmic, muscular offering. (Jane Bunnett – flutes, soprano sax, whistling; Danae Olano – piano, vocals; Celia Jimenez – bass, vocals; Magdelys Savigne – percussion ,vocals; Yissy Garcia – drums; Elizabeth Rodriguez – violin ,vocals; special guests: Melvis Santa – vocals; […]
Metalwood – Twenty – CellarLive
Metalwood – Twenty – CellarLive CL02016 ****: The revitalization of a band devoted to electric/fusion jazz sounds. (Mike Murley – saxophones; Brad Turner – piano,triton,trumpet; Chris Tarry – electric bass; Ian Froman – drums) If you are into nostalgia for the electric/fusion jazz sounds like that of Weather Report, Return To Forever, and the Miles […]
Audio News for March 1, 2016
Home Theater Built Out of Snow; Mighty Audio on Kickstarter Brings Offline Spotify Playback; B&O Meets ESS for Highest Audio Quality on LG Smartphones; New Smartphone Warns You If Electronics Are Overheating; A Great Year for Downloading Audiophiles
Hinrich Alpers – RAVEL: Complete Piano Works – Honens (2 CDs)
The piano music of Maurice Ravel has a powerful acolyte in Hinrich Alpers.
Oliver Gannon & Bill Coon – Two Much More! – CellarLive
A pair of aces.
Audio News for December 8, 2015
Hi-Res Logo and Promotion; New Audio Digital Format; More on Gamers From Canada; Classical News
Matt MacDougall – Boy Goes to City [TrackList follows] – Maxwell Tree Music
Not your typical Nashville release.
Preludes [TrackList follows] – John Roney, solo piano (live at the historic chapel Bon Pasteur) – Effendi
An amazing recital of generally non-jazz improvisations.
Ryan Truesdell: Gil Evans Project – Lines Of Color – ArtistShare/Blue Note
The music of a jazz innovator.
Curtis Nowosad – Dialectics [TrackList follows] – Cellar Live
No argument about it: this is a winning, “neo-hard bop” effort.
Lenny Breau – LA Bootleg Guitararchives & 12 Hit Wonder
A prodigious talent but an unfulfilled life.
BENJAMIN: Sonata for Viola & Piano (1942); Three Violin Pieces (1921-25); A Tune & Variations. For Little People (1939); Le Tombeau de Ravel: Valse-Caprices From San Domingo; Jamaican Rumba; Sonatina for Violin & Piano (1925) – Lawrence Power, viola & violin/ Simon Crawford-Phillips, p. – Hyperion
It’s a treat to hear Arthur Benjamin whose music today, unfairly, is rather obscure.
Audio News for June 20, 2014
Blumoo Bluetooth HT Control; Connected Living Room Market Worth $957 billion by 2020; NAD Launches New Masters Series Audio Components; Music Streaming on Rise in Canada
Matt Newton – Within Reach – FTM
A harmonically interesting and stylishly nimble release.
Joe Sullivan – Whiskey Jack Waltz – Perry Lake Records
This band offers a crisp approach to the material.
Fifteen Shades Of Blue (Sampler) – Justin Time Records
Some tantalizing work from some top-notch performers.
Earl MacDonald and The Creative Opportunity Workshop – Mirror Of The Mind – Death Defying Records
A musical outing that is hard to define.