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CD Review: Phil Dwyer - Changing Seasons

Featuring violinist Mark Fewer and recorded with a Big Band and a string orchestra, Changing Seasons is an ambitious project that fuse Jazz and Classical music. The theme of the album is change and each movement or composition is dedicated to a different season.

The first track, with it's upbeat feel, effectively reflects the joy and romantic mood of the spring season. "Summer" reminds me of Brasil, and inmediately brings images of the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. The melancholic violin intro on "Autumn" is the perfect soundtrack for a season of falling leaves announcing the winter. In the track "Winter", a cold season but also a season of festivities and joy, the big band goes into full swing. This one is the jazzier and more energetic part of the album.

Phil Dwyer, the Big Band conductor, is a multiple Juno Award winner and nominee. Canada's Grammy equivalent.

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Phil Dwyer - saxophone, big band conductor, Mark Fewer - violin, strings orchestra conductor, Mark Ferris, Robin Braun, Jason Ho, Jennie Press, Toni Stanick, Yi Zhou, Karen Gerbrecht, Anne Cramer, Cam Wilson, Ashley Plaut, Angela Goddard, Rick Dorfer - violins, Neil Miskey, Isabelle Roland, Henry Lee, Reg Quiring - violas, Joseph Elworthy, Zoltan Rosnyai, Olivia Blander, Charles Inkman - cellos, Dylan Palmer - double bass, Walter White, Derry Byrne, Henry Christian, John Korsrud - trumpets, PJ Perry, Tom Colclough, Tom Keenlyside, Steve Kaldestad, Chad Makela - woodwinds, Ian McDougall, Al Kay, Jeremy Berkman, Sharman King - trombones, Chris Gestrin - piano, Ken Lister - bass, Jon Wikan - drums, percussion, Ingrid Jensen - trumpet (4)

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