Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones: Stomp!

Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones’ recital is a gloriously deceptive one. For here is no familiar programme of New Orleans music but an enterprising...

Gene Ess: Absurdist Theater

The beautiful, soaring coloratura that Thana Alexa indulges in at the start of Absurdist Theater by Gene Ess is all the time you’ll be...

Warren Wolf: Wolfgang

There is an everlasting quality about Warren Wolf’s recording, Wolfgang. If the ingenious vibraphone virtuoso should at all be diffident about his achievement here...

Miguel Ângelo: Branco

To understand what a musician’s musician can do with the bass today it is wise to listen to the Portuguese bassist for Oporto, Miguel...

John Basile: Penny Lane

This is a vivid, provocative Beatles album from John Basile, a New Yorker who has a pianist’s approach to the guitar. Let there be...

Magnetic is Terence Blanchard’s new album

Recorded by the prestigious label Blue Note Records, Magnetic is the new album of the committed trumpeter Terence Blanchard. This was a teamwork composition...

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...

Cristina Morrison: Baronesa

Part biographical, perhaps even part autobiographical and all adventure, Baronesa by the ineffable chanteuse Cristina Morrison is an amorous masterpiece. Ms. Morrison’s dark and...

Ark Ovrutski: 44:33

Two years after he released Sounds of Brasil (Self Published, 2010) bassist Ark Ovrutski has graced music with a fine new album, 44:33. Numbers...

John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet: Brooklyn

Having already given us an excellent account of himself as both a virtuoso acoustic bassist as well as on electric bass, with scores of...

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...

Jaimeo Brown – Transcendence

Jaimeo Brown’s music on Transcendence is among the most mesmerising ever put down on record in a long time; at least since a musician...

Richie Barshay: Sanctuary

Sanctuary by Richie Barshay Sanctuary is about that place in the interior landscape of music to which a musician retreats to attempt to solve musical...

Theo Croker: Afro-Physicist

Theo Croker is the epitome of the sound of surprise. He comes suddenly from behind and sideways - never from the front - seizing...

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...

Kevin Harris Project – Museum Vol. 1

Credit must go where it is due. Kevin Harris is a pianist who is not merely satisfied by playing a set repertoire on the...