Rudresh Mahanthappa – Gamak

There is an invisible connection between the two principal dialects of Indian music—Hindustani and Carnatic—and the dialect of jazz. All three are really old...

Ken Hatfield Sextet – For Langston

Langston Hughes is one of the great poets of the 20th century. His voice is as essential to the African American’s cry for freedom...

Kenny Garrett – Seeds from the Underground

Beware the wild swing of saxophonist Kenny Garrett. It is splendidly hypnotic and is the kind that seizes the wandering soul guiding it into...

Samuel Yirga – Guzo

Ethiopian pianist and composer, Samuel Yirga is a young man with a bold vision and a voracious appetite. His debut recording titled Guzo –...
Andrea Brachfeld - Lady of the Island

Andrea Brachfeld: Lady of the Island

There is something magical about the sound of the flute no matter how well it is played; and when it is played as masterfully...

Kate McGarry – Girl Talk

Kate McGarry has that kind of voice which has a whispering tremolo at the end of some of the lines she sings that makes...

Fabrizio Mocata Trio – Puccini Moods

Fabrizio Mocata is a pianist and a composer based in Italy, he recently performed in Canada at the Brampton Jazz & Blues Festival. I...

The Paul Winter Sextet – Count Me In 1962-1963

The historicity of this Paul Winter Sextet recording, Count Me In: 1962-1963, is significant. The performances came were honed by an ensemble that was...

Wadada Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers

The voice of a committed artist—the only one worth considering—has always been one of protest against the ennui of the established order. Sometimes this voice is quiet, almost silent; at other times it is strident...

Tom Szczesniak – Waltz For Bill

Toronto based pianist, composer, arranger and producer Tom Szczesniak has released his debut recording as leader; Waltz For Bill, an eleven track, straight ahead...

Guelph Jazz Festival @ “19” & Going Strong

The Guelph Jazz Festival is always a treat, always offering up a taste of fresh innovative music. On this occasion the festival looked back...

Abdullah Ibrahim – Hymns of Freedom

Abdullah Ibrahim has not performed in Canada or North America for at least ten years so on this rare occasion, a premier event for the Guelph Jazz Festival it presented festival goers with a very special opportunity to witness...

Brampton Global Jazz & Blues Fest Report – Part II

Brampton, a city north west of Toronto played host to its second annual jazz and blues festival this past August 9th through to the...

Coltrane Re-Imagined: Rova’s Electric Ascension

Twelve “12" innovative master-musicians in a one-time euphoric incarnation of John Coltrane’s mighty Ascension, to be filmed for posterity at Guelph Jazz Festival...
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