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Interview: Harley Card, “The Greatest Invention”

The more I listen to jazz, the more deeply appreciative I become both of jazz musicians’ monster skills and of their ability to fuse seamlessly into a group that seems to live and breathe as one, to the point that… Continue Reading →

Interview: Ché Aimee Dorval, “Between the Walls & the Window”

Since Vancouver-based Ché Aimee Dorval’s latest release, “Between the Walls & the Window,” landed in my player, it has remained there.  It’s a collection of great songs, all anchored by her tremendous singing.  This, her second full-length solo album, reflects… Continue Reading →

Interview: Emily Burgess, “Are We in Love”

With her new album, “Are We in Love?,” Toronto-based blues guitarist Emily Burgess has stormed onto the scene with a vengeance. This absolutely phenomenal album is a tour de force, and if folks weren’t paying attention before, this project should… Continue Reading →

Interview: Justin Gray & Synthesis, “New Horizons”

One of the advantages of having eclectic musical tastes is that it keeps me open to new artists and projects that I might not otherwise try.  “New Horizons,” the new project from Toronto-based bassist and composer Justin Gray with his… Continue Reading →

Interview: Steve Sainas, “Simple as This”

After nearly twenty years with the Vancouver band Mud Dog, blues guitarist and educator Steve Sainas has stepped out into a solo career with his latest release, “Simple as This.”  This reflective project is a wonderful collection of songs about… Continue Reading →

Interview: Dave Liebman/Mike Murley Quartet, “Live at U of T”

The pairing of saxophonists Dave Liebman and Mike Murley could reasonably be considered a supergroup – both are masters of their instruments, and their respective CVs read like a Who’s Who in contemporary and jazz music.  They’ve been playing together… Continue Reading →

Interview: Taivi, “Rising Tide”

With her new album “Rising Tide,” singer-songwriter Taivi is breaking fresh ground for herself, exploring a bluegrass sound with the help of her mentor Claire Lynch.  Indeed, not only did Lynch advise on the project, but she connected Taivi with… Continue Reading →

Interview: Qristina Brooke, “Linger”

Last September, we had the opportunity to hear Qristina and Quinn Bachand during their fabulous appearance at the Celtic Classic in Bethlehem, PA.  We were thus primed with excitement to hear the solo work Qristina was recording, and when the… Continue Reading →

Interview: Alex Pangman, “Alex Pangman’s Hot Three”

Although I am of a certain age to recall fondly my record player with tinny speakers and my spindle of 45’s (borrowed, I admit, from my older sister), I sadly came to my love of music after the era of… Continue Reading →

Interview: Flypaper Orchestra, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”

Many of us with parents who grew up in the Great Depression undoubtedly heard stories about its miseries, and perhaps also heard some of the songs that came out of that era.  However, many of these songs have lain dormant… Continue Reading →

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