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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

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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.