Lee has experience in the radio and disc jockey world: She worked briefly as a club DJ in Toronto, also as a freelance commentator for a radio program in Barrie, and later as a mobile Disc Jockey for over 5 years with one of the largest DJ companies in Waterloo Region at the time. Lee is a graduate of Conestoga College’s 3-year Print and Broadcast Journalism program; and while writing for the college paper covered the local music scene, doing stories on such Blues... Read More
Recorded live at a legendary New York City jazz venue, this CD features Carol Sudhalter (baritone sax, flute, vocal on her original “Colin Blues”), Patrick Poladian (piano), Kevin Hailey (upright bass), and Mike Campenni (drums). Poldain composed “Fun in the Alley.” The set also includes material by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, Tadd Dameron, Bill Evans, Hank Mobley, Don Redman. Those numbers with Sudhalter’s bari sax are deep, lissome and expressive. Being a live album, we hear applause, an occasional cough, or comments from the bandleader. Those, along with her vocals, are a little hard to hear. She switches to flute for Bill Evans’ “Time Remembered,” “Colin Blues,” “Fun in the Alley” and “Luiza.” Each accompanist gets plenty of chances to solo, with “Gee baby Ain’t I
Danny Schmidt Album: Standard Deviation Label: Live Once Genre(s): Contemporary Folk
Posted By: Duane Verh
Mar 17, 2019
To suggest that a songwriter’s rep could hang comfortably on a single song may be a high-risk proposition but in the case of the title track of Danny Schmidt’s current offering, it’s at least worth mulling over. That this vivid, highly visual portrayal of love in its birth stages will likely rank among this artist’s absolute best is a safe bet in any case. Birth plays a more literal role in the also charming leadoff track, “Just Wait Til They See You”. Also standing out here are “Blue-Eyed Hole In Time” and “Last Man Standing”.
Spirited old-timey sounds of Tatiana Hargreaves’ fiddle and Allison de Groot’s clawhammer banjo convey plenty of images of yesteryear. Each track has its own quaintness, saw’ed off in a rustic fashion with rosin a-flyin’ and frailed on banjo in a studio environment. A few rollicking favorites to get the toes tapping are “Eighth of January,” “Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Melinda.” Both Hargreaves and de Groot sing, and we hear them harmonizing on The Poplin Family’s “I Don’t Want To Get Married” and Blue Sky Boys’ “Who Wouldn’t Be Lonely.” Hargreaves sings solo, accompanied only by de Groot’s banjo, on “Beaufort County Jail” and “Willie Moore.” The young women use different tunings for their instruments, and those are clearly shown in the liner notes.
Alberto Pibiri Album: Jazz Legacy Label: Self-Release Genre(s): Contemporary Jazz
Posted By: Joe Ross
Mar 11, 2019
Jazz composer and superb pianist Alberto Pibiri is an Italian musician now based in New York. During his study of classical and jazz music in France and Italy, he became enamored by the music of Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson. Pianist Alberto Pibiri opens his “Jazz Legacy” album with a delightful tribute, “For Oscar.” The sparkling quartet also includes Paul Gill (bass), Paul Wells (drums) and Adrian Cunningham (tenor sax, clarinet). Guests on this delightful album include guitarist Dave Stryker and vocalists Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton and Miriam Waks. With all the songs composed and arranged by Pibiri, this is an impressive and entertaining undertaking. Each track is quite unique with a few highlights being “For Oscar,” “Kiss Kiss,” “New Bossa,” “Be Free” and “Oh Yeah.” (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)
Steve Conn Album: Flesh and Bone Label: Not Really Genre(s): Jazzy Blues
Posted By: Duane Verh
Mar 10, 2019
The personae of compelling singer/songwriter and savvy, roots-bound player are joined at the hip in the work of Steve Conn. One should not be surprised if they catch a side glimpse of Mose Allison or Randy Newman within the narratives of the axe-to-grind or heart-on-his-sleeve protagonists portrayed here. One should also delight in the Louisiana-bred Mr. C’s rock-solid keyboard work. Standouts in a very strong set include “You Don’t Know”, “Annalee”, “Sing Me To The Other Side” and the title track.