Wednesday, October 19, 2016

See Through Two...Slow Bend...improvised acoustic bass duelling

Slow Bend is the debut recording by See Through Two, which is composed of Rob Clutton (bass and banjo) and Pete Johnston (bass). Formed in 2013, See Through Two play original compositions for two basses, with a few tunes featuring other instruments Pete and Rob play (or at least were able to borrow). This recording features nine compositions by Pete Johnston that afford plenty of space for improvisation and general low end theorizing.

Marty's review: Very sparse instrumentation and some clever dueling on the basses makes this a most unusual and unique piece of contemporary jazz. Certainly one for private listening and appreciation, it combines classical elements with jazz improvising that results in what I would term a "quiet symphony for the brain". Each track is a one word title with no more than five

All-Set! Editions is the brainchild of Toronto musician Mike Smith. Dedicated to releasing sounds from Toronto’s left-field music scene. The aim is to cover everything from bent song-craft to wobbly synthesis, with frequent stops between and beyond. All-Set! Editions’ regular release schedule will bring the sounds of the downtown underground to the ears of curious bystanders wherever they may be.


Albums are available through Bandcamp (download and CD), iTunes, and all other major online services. 

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Guitarist Eric St-Laurent's new album release Planet

Internationally renowned guitarist Eric St-Laurent is excited to celebrate the release of his fourth album since 2010, entitled Planet.  The album features his regular trio with Jordan O'Connor on bass and Michel DeQuevedo on percussion as well as new collaborator and band mate Attila Fias on piano. 

Recorded on the heels of a wildly successful tour in the spring of 2016, Planet features 5 originals by St-Laurent and 3 classic songs; Donna Lee (Charlie Parker), Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepson) and the Theme from the Second Movement of the 8th Piano Sonata by Ludwig Van Beethoven.  The group continues in it's mission to create joyful, uplifting melodies, freely borrowing from afro-cuban rhythms, blues, western classical music and of course, the current radio top 40. 

One of St-Laurent's songs is titled "What Would Steve Gadd Do?" and it was written after St-Laurent watched several hours of the great Steve Gadd's masterclasses on YouTube.  "His unparalleled command of the tiniest nuances in groove, overall restrain and impeccable taste are a beacon for modern musicians" explains St-Laurent.  

Stream and download the album HERE 

..and more on website

Born and raised in Montreal, St-Laurent studied improvisation in New York before moving to Berlin where he toured with both the big and small names of the German and Scandinavian music scenes.  Winner of the SOCAN award for Best Original Composition at the Montreal Jazz Festival and The Best Band Award at the Vienne (France) Jazz Festival, St-Laurent has been featured on over 50 recordings, produced multiple albums, composed scores for short films and theatre, and toured extensively in Europe and Canada. 

Since returning to Toronto, Canada, St-Laurent has recorded and toured with Till Bronner, Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Rebekka Bakken, Slide Hampton, Luc de la Rocheliere, Sylvie Paquette, Richard Underhill, David Binney, Jojo Mayer, Carlos Del Junco, Bernard Primeau and represented Canada at the International Guitar Summit in Nice (MIDEM).

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Introducing saxophonist Shirantha Beddage's new album "Momentum"

Following the success of his JUNO-nominated album Identity, baritone saxophonist Shirantha Beddage continues to deliver his brand of high-octane modern jazz on the new album, Momentum, featuring Will Kennedy of the Yellowjackets.

Having won numerous accolades in Canada as a performer and composer, including the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Shirantha Beddage has firmly established himself in the Canadian jazz scene. For this new album, his compositions reflect his childhood fascination with the physical sciences, as he explores the tension between oppositional forces in music and the world around us. The music is drawn from Beddage’s most diverse range of influences thus far, including New Orleans jazz, R&B, film music and folk songs, providing a musical landscape that is accessible, varied and complex.

Born in London, England, Shirantha Beddage is a baritone saxophonist, composer and educator now based in Toronto, Canada. He has released three critically-acclaimed albums as leader:  his previous CD, Identity (Addo Records, 2012) earned him a 2013 JUNO nomination, and the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival.  Drawing inspiration from jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Pepper Adams and Thelonious Monk, he is being hailed by critics as a fresh and powerful voice on the baritone saxophone.

Momentum will be released internationally on Friday, September 9th. The release will be celebrated by 2 performances in and around Toronto, Canada:
Sept 22 @ 8pm The Music Gallery (Toronto, ON)
Sept 25 @ 4pm The Jazz Room (Kitchener, ON)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Go Jazz Presents The Anniversary Edition...The Best of the First 10 Years

2CD compilation from 2000 by the Go Jazz label featuring Ben Sidran, Phil Upchurch, Ricky Peterson, Bob Malach, Georgie Game, Di Anne Price, Minneapolis Allstars, Will Lee, Clementine and a few more, with guest appearances by Jeff Beck, Van Morrison, Carole King and Jon Hendricks. Cool selection of 29 jazz and blues tracks.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Noel Dumont goes West End with her new single "Jackpot"

Noël Dumont has released her 1st Original Single!!! 
She takes it to the West End with 'JACKPOT'

Noël's first single 'Jackpot' shows her in an amazing light, the song is a mix of old school big band/jazz with a sultry soulful feel. You will feel like you are back in the 60's and 70's with its dynamic vintage edge.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Canadian modern jazz trio Autobahn new album release "Of the Tree"

‘Of The Tree’ is an amalgam of three distinct artistic voices that comprise the Toronto-based trio Autobahn. It is a manifestation of playfulness, spontaneity, dedication and raw energy compiled on one twelve-track album. A year and a half in the making, the final product exceeded all expectations, yielding momentum that is allowing Autobahn to share their music with wider audiences. 

Autobahn is an ambitious collective trio of musicians who strive to push past boundaries, blurring the lines between improvised and composed music. Autobahn incorporates complex rhythmic structures, soaring melodies and ambient textures to forge their own sound, while captivating audiences with their spontaneous energy. The trio is comprised of pianist James Hill, saxophonist and clarinettist Jeff LaRochelle, and drummer Ian Wright, who are all considered in-demand Toronto-based musicians. 

‘Of The Tree’ was recorded at Revolution Recording in Toronto in January 2016. In their desire to bring their music to the next level, Autobahn brought in prominent Canadian electric bassist and composer Rich Brown to produce the record and to share his experience working with some of the group’s biggest musical influences. Along with the composed material, the band recorded several improvisations and experimented at length with overdubbing, which resulted in a “double trio” track that gives the album more breadth and diversity. The result is a confident and cohesive full-length album, forging a bold new sound in contemporary jazz

Formed in 2012, Autobahn has had the chance to perform throughout Ontario, Alberta and Quebec, as well as internationally at the Atina Jazz Festival in Italy. In 2014, they released their debut album, The River, garnering a very positive response in the Canadian music scene. In 2015, they had the opportunity to participate in the Banff Center's Winter Musicians in Residence program. 

More on Autobahn at their website HERE

Autobahn Tour Dates

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jazz of the Beat Generation - various artists and featuring Jack Kerouac

Collection of classic Be Bop jazz from the 1950's featuring artists of the calibre of Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge, Lionel Hampton, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, George Shearing, Slim Gaillard and Lester Young.

The tracks are augmented by readings from Jack Kerouac about jazz history of the beat generation period. The excerpts provide a lucid yet credible backbone (assuming you can take them seriously, not as period-piece fodder) for the body of works. Some nice retro cover artwork too.

For serious jazz collectors, enthusiasts and aficionados. 

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