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MIke Fahie: Anima

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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, he is a regular with the Gramercy Brass Orchestra and Darcy Argue’s Secret Society, and has performed alongside Maria Schneider, Ingrid Jensen, Donny McCaslin, and Jon Cowherd.

Fahie’s debut release, Anima, is no exception as the leader surrounds himself with some top notch musicians including Bill McHenry (saxophone), Ben Monder (guitar), Ben Street (bass), and Billy Hart (drums). The disc opens with Fahie taking an unaccompanied introduction on “The Journey” demonstrating his bright yet nuanced tone. McHenry joins in for the brooding melody before the two exchange solos that blur the line between improvisation and composition.

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