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)

For more information, visit

..and view Shirantha Beddage "Momentum" EPK 
on YouTube

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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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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jazz Guitarist Alex Goodman new album release "Border Crossing" on Origin Records

New York, NY – Jazz guitarist and composer Alexander Goodman has recently released his Origin Records debut CD Border Crossing . After establishing himself as "One of Canada's finest jazz guitarists" (FFWD Calgary) and  earning a JUNO nomination, the Country's highest musical award by his early twenties, Goodman was drawn to New York City. Since then, he has quickly been making major contributions to the international jazz scene. Pulling from his experiences transitioning to New York City from Toronto, Goodman brings together an eclectic album that features the unusual instrumentation of voice, guitar, cello, vibraphone, bass, and percussion. The album incorporates elements of classical and folk music with jazz and features artists such as percussionist Rogerio Boccato, vocalist Felicity Williams and a cast of Canada and New York's top creative musicians.

Goodman has received many awards and recognition from some of the world's most prestigious institutions. He won first prize and the Public’s Choice Award at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition, was nominated for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year at the 2013 JUNO (Canadian Grammy) Awards for Bridges, and was awarded the 2013 ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composer Award. He has been dubbed "A definite musical voice" by Guitar International and “a jazz phenomenon the world over” by Birmingham Times.

Since moving to New York City, the guitarist has recorded with artists such as John Patitucci, Dick Oatts, and Rich Perry. He has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Massey Hall, and ABC Studios and performed with artists such as Charles Lloyd, Ari Hoenig, and Eric Harland. He not only composes music for himself but has composed for orchestras, string quartets, jazz groups, chamber groups, big bands and film scores.  

Stream the album HERE

Website HERE

Marty's review: Alexander Goodman's very impressive début album on Origin Records features elements from several musical genres including jazz, classical, folk, new age and a few touches of world music instrumentation. Playing both acoustic and electric guitars with backup instruments including cello, bass and vibraphone, combined with the exquisite vocals of Felicity Williams, this is a sublime yet all encompassing recording that encourages the listener to take a musical journey to various places and back again. For jazz-fusion aficionados I can hear influences from Return to Forever, Weather Report and Flora Purim, which I consider good company to be in.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Anita O'Day with The Gary McFarland Orchestra...All the Sad Young Men...1961 album

Anita O'Day, with the help of genre-busting arranger, Gary McFarland, takes forties classics (and originals by Al Cohn and Horace Silver) and stands them on their heads, shocking and soothing the listener in equal measures. Soloists include Hank Jones and Phil Woods. 

Anita O'Day is one of the greatest bebop vocal improvisers of all time. This reissue of the original album from 1961 includes fine remastering as well as original cover art and comprehensive liner notes. O'Day's voice sounds "cooler" than usual, singing softly and sensually with a somewhat cooled down husky voice. The arrangements are equally cool by Gary McFarland. Plenty of scatting and scat phrasing and lot's of wonderful improvising. 

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