The Bill McBirnie Trio: Find Your Place

Bill McBirnie Trio - Find Your Place

It has been some time since the flute maestro, Bill McBirnie has released an album. His last one was Mercy (2010) after which comes this outstanding release, Find Your Place, released on the artist’s own imprint, Extreme Flute. Mr. McBirnie is one of the finest flutists in Canada; perhaps in all of North America. His technique is flawless and he plays with a wholesome … [Read more...]

Alexander Brown – The Process

Alexander Brown - The Process -

Alexander Brown is a truly gifted trumpeter. The Cuban-born Canadian, of African Cuban heritage plays with breathtaking honesty. There is a great unquenchable fire in his “voice” and the manner in which he plays seems to fan that fire. He dallies over notes somewhat and this creates a kind of elongated effect, which when notes are strung into even unfinished phrases and longer … [Read more...]

Roberto Fonseca – Yo

Roberto Fonseca - Yo

This recording, Yo by Roberto Fonseca appears to be his most visceral work of music so far. Despite having a high musical intellect and striving for a cerebral approach to music—which to a certain extent is true of this record as well—Mr. Fonseca appears to have stripped away all style, allowing the music to be stripped of its sentimentality; to be infused with a raw; almost … [Read more...]

Paquito D’Rivera and Trio Corrente – Song for Maura

Song for Maura

Just when it is believed that Paquito D’Rivera is a fine alto saxophonist who also plays clarinet, he goes and makes an album almost completely on clarinet—a Brasilian one at that; in homage to a country and its people most beloved to the Cuban-born, New York-based genius. Perhaps the magic moment had arrived—never too early and never too late. And as it was all a matter of … [Read more...]

Celebrating Dinah and Sarah at Koerner Hall in Toronto

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As part of the TD Jazz: Celebrating Dinah and Sarah series, Toronto jazz lovers were fortunate to see and listen a great performance by the veteran grand master of jazz, Ramsey Lewis with his quintet and the young upcoming singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. Concert Review and Photos by Atael Weissman It was quite symbolic to see Ramsey Lewis, composer and pianist, contemporary of … [Read more...]