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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NYC/Toronto Jazz Guitarist Alex Goodman new album release Second Act



Second Act, the new album from NYC-based, Toronto born guitarist Alex Goodman, signals a new beginning as much as the closing of a particular period, and the album’s eleven striking compositions more than live up to that promise. A stunning departure from the chamber-jazz style of Goodman's previous album, Border Crossing, the music on Second Act balances inventive composition and thrilling improvisation, with pieces that boast exhilarating, fluidly angular melodies and intricate architecture but which spark electrifying spontaneity from Goodman and his deft quintet

You can check out a great EPK from the band here.

Sample a track from the album HERE.

Given the agility of the playing and the depth of communication throughout the album, Second Act features a band that has obviously spent a good deal of time getting to know each other’s sonic personalities. Goodman is joined by four peers who have also come to the city from a variety of disparate places and experiences: saxophonist Matt Marantz (Texas), pianist Eden Ladin (born in NYC but raised in Israel), bassist Rick Rosato (Montreal) and drummer Jimmy Macbride (Connecticut). They’ve each formed relationships with such envelope-pushing artists as Avishai Cohen, Will Vinson, Lage Lund, Nir Felder, Terence Blanchard and Jonathan Batiste, while working together in a variety of settings, spurring each other onward into exciting new territory.

To enhance the music’s already wide-ranging palette, Goodman added layers of human voice to the pieces after the initial studio sessions, writing new parts for the wordless vocals that interweave with not only his originally written material, but also the band’s in-the-moment interpretations. He enlisted a talented pair of fellow Canadians to sing the parts: Felicity Williams, a longtime collaborator who also appears in a similar role on Border Crossing, and Alex Samaras, a key contributor to the Canadian jazz and new music scenes. Goodman often layers the two vocalists’ contributions, offering him the option of employing sinuous lines or lush, swelling choruses as desired.

After five years in New York City, Alex Goodman has not only established himself as a rising star and significant voice in the jazz mecca, but has gathered together a gifted group of peers, each of whom are quickly forging a path forward for the music’s next generation. The guitarist/composer began his career in his native Toronto, becoming an integral part of the scene in the Canadian city and receiving a wealth of accolades across the country. The CBC News hailed him as having “taken the jazz world by storm [and] attained a level of fame and success in the insular jazz community that few other Canadian guitarists can match.” In 2014 he received international recognition winning both first prize and the Public's Choice Award at the Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition in Switzerland.

Second Act will be released internationally by Lyte Records on Friday, June 23rd, 2017.



Official website: http://www.alexgoodmanmusic.com/

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

NYC jazz guitarist/composer Andrew Hartman’s new release "Compass"

Compass is jazz guitarist/composer Andrew Hartman’s second album as a leader. It features a stellar cast of musicians including saxophonist Chris Cheek, bassist Ike Sturm, and drummer Zach Harmon. 

The pieces and album as a whole reflect a period of travel and series of moves in the guitarist’s life between cities and countries. Hartman, an Ohio native, lived alternately in his home state, London, England, and on the high seas, before settling into his adopted home of New York City. The 9 originals and 1 arrangement (Paul Simon’s “America”), span roughly 5 years of writing and performance, and were road tested in a variety of groups and settings before reaching their present state on Compass. Hartman’s arrangement of the Paul Simon classic “America” feels especially poignant given the present climate of our country and world.

sample tracks and download the album here: http://www.ajhmusic.com/

official website: http://www.ajhmusic.com/home/

videos: http://www.ajhmusic.com/video/




Sunday, June 4, 2017

Aaron Shragge's jazz quintet Innocent When You Dream new album "Dirt In The Ground"



Innocent When You Dream's Dirt In The Ground is Aaron Shragge’s second release interpreting Tom Waits’ stylistically diverse  repertoire by creating instrumental versions of his most memorable songs. The album dives deep into the diverse collection of Waits' material, exploring the colors and tonality of his distinct lyricism, through unique instrumentation and arrangements.  Covering a wide  period of Waits' career, the record includes such songs as "In The Neighborhood", "Ol’ ‘55" and " Down  in The Hole".   

“Snaky and funky sounds abound! Innocent When You Dream weave their artistry and style into a tapestry of atmospheric playground material that takes the ear on both fascinating and dangerous journeys to the lands beyond your typical jazz stylings. Gorgeous sounds from Aaron Shragge, move the music into a deep and tranquil space, adding breath and scope to the many melodies and moments that oat in and out throughout...” Juno Award Winning Trumpeter/Composer Ingrid Jensen 




Using lyrical content and mood as the starting point for exploration, the band moves beyond the realm of covers creating a distinctive sound that draws from Jazz, rock, blues, World music and the avant-garde. The recording features some of Canada's leading jazz artists including:  Jonathan Lindhorst, Ryan Butler, Nico Dann, Joe Grass (Guitarist for Patrick Watson) and Dan Fortin (Myriad3).



Aaron Shragge is an active in the NYC improvised/creative music scene serving on the board of Festival of New Trumpet Music NY. Having collaborated with such notable musicians as Dave Douglas, Ben Monder, and William Parker, Shragge has performed at  renowned festivals such as the Montreal International Jazz Festival, L'Off Jazz Festival, and the Festival of New Trumpet Music.  Aaron graduated from the distinguished New School Jazz Program and furthered his education receiving a masters degree.

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Official website: www.AaronShragge.com

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Rebecca Hennessy's FOG Brass Band new album release "Two Calls"



Two Calls is Rebecca Hennessy’s first full-length release at the helm, and marks a culmination of influences from her diverse trumpet career.  On this recording, Hennessy’s writing brings the traditions of New Orleans party brass bands, Balkan folk music, country blues and high-energy jazz-rock side by side in unique juxtapositions.  These songs, in all their diversity, evoke her myriad musical and extra-musical influences, bringing a unique mix of modern and traditional jazz with themes of nature. 

The album delivers a lot of music drawn from natural imagery, especially the title song that features a field recording of two competing bird songs that she made deep in the Panamanian jungle.  Rebecca leads FOG with her characteristically warm trumpet sound and improviser’s approach to the music, recognizable from her successful and eclectic career both in Toronto as the musical director of the Massey Hall Women’s Blues Review and as a staple in several modern jazz outfits including Hobson’s Choice and Way North.  With her style and personality, she is always pushing FOG into new territory in each song.  





Rebecca Hennessy is a highly sought-after Toronto-based trumpeter, composer and bandleader who has been performing, recording and touring with various projects since moving to Toronto in 2003 from Vancouver Island, BC. As a leader and co-leader, Rebecca has released seven albums to date and has toured Mexico, Panama, Europe, USA and extensively in Canada. She has also performed and recorded with internationally recognized artists including Adele, Ron Sexsmith, Andy Kim, Owen Pallett, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Ab Baars and Ken Vandermark. 

Marty's review: Be prepared for a journey on this album as Rebecca Hennessy and FOG take you through a few different realms of jazz combining rock, fusion, world sounds, New Orleans style brass and some beautiful, almost ambient pieces that will take you places beyond the limits of your mind. Expert and creative musicianship all round with original compositions that ebb and flow together to create a musical adventure for the senses.


Two Calls will be released internationally on Friday, May 19th, 2017.

official website: www.RebeccaHennessy.com

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publicity: Orange Grove Publicity
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Peter Campbell - Loving You (A Tribute to Shirley Horn)



Announcing the gorgeous new album from Canadian-American singer Peter Campbell entitled Loving You.

Loving You is Campbell's sophomore Canadian release, and it's a tribute to the inimitable Shirley Horn. Campbell’s love affair with Shirley Horn began while he was an undergraduate at McGill University. Horn’s 1992 recording, “Here’s to Life,” proved revelatory: never before had he experienced a musician able to express so much with such seeming economy. Her impeccable taste in material; an instrumental proficiency and invention that could hold its own against any established jazz instrumentalist; and a dedication to lyric interpretation: these would become Horn’s trademarks and establish her as arguably the greatest ballad singer of her generation. Her recordings and live performances served as master classes in the art of song interpretation.



Having worked in the entertainment industry since childhood, Peter Campbell has performed on television and radio jingles as well as in cabarets and concert venues throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. His recording work includes collaborations with acclaimed New York pianist and musical director Lee Musiker and nylon-string guitar virtuoso Gene Bertoncini. Peter’s early training included vocal study with Joyce McLean of the Juilliard School and the late Paul Trueblood; musical director for Michael Feinstein and Marianne Faithfull and pianist for lyricist Alan Jay Lerner. Born and raised in New York City, Peter resides in Toronto, Canada and Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Loving You will be released internationally on Friday, April 28th, 2017.

Stream selected tracks on SOUNDCLOUD HERE

Official Website: https://www.petercampbellmusic.com/




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New York-based modern jazz trio MEM3 new album release "Circles"



Circles is the sophomore release from the New York-based collective, MEM3.  MEM3 features 3 different musicians from 3 different parts of the globe, whose collective vibe and musicianship forms a very distinct and adventurous modern jazz trio.  The trio consists of Michael Cabe on piano from Seattle (USA), Mark Lau on bass from Sydney (Australia) and Ernesto Cervini on drums from Toronto (Canada).

The album is made up of original compositions from all three musicians as well as one traditional hymn. Included is a piece dedicated to the great jazz pianist, Esbjorn Svensson, who’s own trio EST was a great inspiration for these musicians.  The group’s sound is influenced by the trio sounds of the great Oscar Peterson, Peter Erskine, the Bad Plus and the aforementioned EST.  


MEM3 is the culmination of 8 years of close musical and personal friendship between three musicians from three different parts of the globe. These three talented musicians met while they were studying in the Masters Degree program at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City.  Their debut album Pennsylvania Grey received rave reviews across the globe. 

Circles will be released internationally on Friday, March 24th, 2017 and will be available on iTunes.




Marty's review: MEM3 bring traditional jazz into the 21st century with their new release, Circles. Their finely honed talents all come together on this 10 track collection that sees them taking influences from piano trios of the past and adding a twist of contemporary weaving that creates a soundscape of improvisational style compositions that both gel and flow. Jazz purists will certainly find this appealing and aficionados of modern jazz-fusion will lap this up for all its intricacies and exceptional musicianship from all members.


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Friday, March 3, 2017

University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra featuring Dave Liebman and Norma Winston





The University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra (UTJO) is now in the fifth year under the leadership of Gordon Foote. The band is quickly becoming one of Canada’s finest university jazz orchestras and is the flagship group of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Toronto.  The UTJO has traveled within Ontario to perform concerts and workshops for many high schools. They also traveled to Winnipeg, Manitoba to perform at the National Conference of the Canadian Music Educators Association. The 18-member ensemble is part of the UofT Jazz Program, which offers degrees in jazz studies at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. The UTJO works hard to produce performances that are musical and exciting, with precision and energy. Their repertoire spans many decades, and pays homage to the rich jazz orchestra tradition. 

The University of Toronto 12tet is a contemporary ensemble comprised of students in the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate programs. Since its creation in 2012, the ensemble has established itself as a vehicle for elite players and composers in the jazz performance program and beyond. The band has been featured many times at the Rex Hotel and U of T’s Walter Hall with guests who rank among Canada’s most prominent jazz musicians. Guest soloists include Ralph Alessi, Jim Lewis and Chase Sanborn. Smaller than a traditional big band, the 12-piece format allows more freedom for soloists while still offering a wide range of ensemble textures. The 12tet sound pays tribute to classic bands, taking cues from Art Pepper Plus 11 and The Rob McConnell Tentet, but also steps further by embracing more contemporary rhythmic and harmonic inspirations.




2 new albums are being released this month. The first is called Sweet Ruby Suite and it's dedicated to the wonderful Canadian-born trumpeter, Kenny Wheeler. The album features the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Gordon Foote with special guests Dave Liebman and Norma Winstone.  

The second is called Trillium Falls and it features the U-of-T 12-TET under the direction of Terry Promane.  

Sweet Ruby Suite and Trillium Falls will be released internationally on Friday, March 10th, 2017. Available on iTunes.

                                               


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