1. Barry Elmes
with Mike Murley (tenor saxophone), Kevin Turcotte (trumpet), Reg Schwager (guitar) Steve Wallace (bass) and special guest Vanessa Rodrigues (organ)
Barry Elmes: Drummer/ Composer/ Teacher/ Rockstar. The man wears many different hats, and many different moustaches. On “Theme For Sterling Hayden“, Elmes shows why he has long been one of Toronto’s favourite musicians. The beautiful melody of the song is carried by superb brush work, and an all-star cast of Hogtown’s finest including Mike Murley and Kevin Turcotte.
We’ve had the pleasure to review Barry’s latest album, Red Shift and encourage you all to pick it up:
2. Tara Davidson
with Jamie Reynolds (piano, rhodes), Jon Maharaj (bass), Fabio Ragnelli (drums) & Trevor Hogg (tenor sax)
Alto saxophone staple, Tara Davidson, goes full steam on “South Western View“. Great playing and a beautiful composition to boot. The dark flute harmonies are reminiscent of Max Roach’s “Percussion Bittersweet” and one can only marvel at the musicianship of her tightly-knit band. We’ve been spinning Tara’s new record “View” non stop here at the Purple Cabbage headquarters, having the opportunity to write a few words about it for this month’s albumm review spotlight.
Read more about the new record, “View”, at: http://www.taradavidson.ca/
3. Ernesto Cervini
with Joel Frahm (tenor sax), Adrean Farrugia (piano) & John Maharaj (bass)
Awesome post-bop tune from drummer Ernesto Cervini. Although he looks young, he plays and composes like a seasoned veteran. His quartet consisting of Joel Frahm, Adrean Farrugia, and John Maharaj kill it on Cervini’s live album “Little Black Bird“. Man, we’re lucky to have this guy back in Toronto!
4. Peripheral Vision
Don Scott (guitar), Michael Herring (bass), Nick Fraser (drums) & Trevor Hogg (tenor sax)
It’s always nice to see in the jazz a world, when a group of musicians take a “band” approach to their music. This truly is a group. Led by Michael Herring and Don Scott, with help from friends Nick Fraser and Trevor Hogg, one only needs to listen to “Says You” to see how far this band is able to stretch rhythmically and harmonically, while still staying true to simplistic melodies that can be found throughout their debut album. As good as the album is, you have to see these guys live to believe ‘em!
Keep yourself informed: www.peripheralvisionmusic.com