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Simon Delage: Cahier

With jazz wunderkinds releasing their debut recordings younger and younger, it’s somewhat refreshing to hear an album by an up and coming musician who has taken a much needed gestation period before going into the recording studio. Enter Montreal drummer Simon Delage. In the time since graduating from the McGill University Jazz Program, Delage has … Read More “Simon Delage: Cahier”

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David Smith Quintet: Anticipation

With Anticipation by the David Smith Quintet comes another release from the Brooklyn Jazz Underground label, “an independent and artist-run label committed to creative and adventurous contemporary improvised music”. True to the label’s namesake, the present release features a number of conventions that have become synonymous with the Brooklyn jazz scene: odd meters, complex forms, … Read More “David Smith Quintet: Anticipation”

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Brandon Wright: Boiling Point

In a sea of Chris Potter and Mark Turner derivatives there emerges saxophonist Brandon Wright – a throwback player who channels the vernacular of more mainstream players such as Michael Brecker and Eric Alexander. To this end, Wright’s debut recording Boiling Point is a high-intensity straight-ahead jazz album featuring an assortment of original compositions and … Read More “Brandon Wright: Boiling Point”

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MIke Fahie: Anima

Even as a fellow Montrealer and jazz aficionado, I was only vaguely aware of New York-based trombonist Mike Fahie. Maybe it’s a Canadian thing – to stay out of the limelight – but over the years Fahie has quietly amassed an impressive list of performance and recording credentials. In addition to leading his own ensembles, … Read More “MIke Fahie: Anima”

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