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On Second Thought: David Ian – Valentine’s Day (2014)

On Second Thought: David Ian – Valentine’s Day (2014)

Pianist and arranger David Ian has already proven his mastery of Christmas with two recordings for the holidays, so it perhaps stands to reason that he’d focus his lens elsewhere. Valentine’s Day is just the ticket, another day marked by love.

Matt Newton – Within Reach (2014)

Matt Newton – Within Reach (2014)

Powerful pianists can often be impressive, but I’m more impressed if a pianist never has to mash the pedal to capture my ears.

Pete Mills – Sweet Shadow (2014)

Pete Mills – Sweet Shadow (2014)

Toronto saxophonist Pete Mills takes to his debut on Cellar Live Records with polish and swing. Together with Pete McCann (guitars), Erik Augis (piano), Martin Wind (bass), and Matt Wilson (drums), he puts together a record that is both traditional and exuberantly modern.

One Track Mind: Neil Young, “Mother Earth” (2014)

One Track Mind: Neil Young, “Mother Earth” (2014)

It comes as no surprise, of course, that Neil Young’s newest song boasts an environmental theme, considering his focus on Alberta’s tar sands during his recent “Honour The Treaties” tour.

Jim Clayton – Songs My Daughter Knows (2013)

Jim Clayton – Songs My Daughter Knows (2013)

A musical scrapbook for pianist Jim Clayton’s child, who had not yet hit the ripe old age of three at the time of recording, Songs My Daughter Knows is a refreshing and moving jazz record.

Adrian Raso and Fanfare Ciocarlia – Devil’s Tale (2014)

Adrian Raso and Fanfare Ciocarlia – Devil’s Tale (2014)

The languid sway of “Urn St. Tavern,” the first track from Devil’s Tale, is perhaps as sluggish as things get on the brilliant new record from Canadian guitarist Adrian Raso and Balkan brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia.

Doug Paisley featuring the Band’s Garth Hudson – Strong Feelings (2014)

Doug Paisley featuring the Band’s Garth Hudson – Strong Feelings (2014)

Doug Paisley writes with a subtle beauty, with a steel-toed determination, with a twilit ache. Context, however, is everything in music. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be songs; they’d be poetry. The Band’s Garth Hudson provides that context

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – South (2014)

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – South (2014)

Time on the road had led Black and the Rodeo Kings to a new sound, inside dressing rooms, in the backs of rumbling busses, in the merchandise tent adjacent to the darkened stage.

S. Victor Aaron’s Top Unreviewed Jazz and Fusion Records of 2013: Ivo Perelman, Frank Rosaly

S. Victor Aaron’s Top Unreviewed Jazz and Fusion Records of 2013: Ivo Perelman, Frank Rosaly

So many great records to rave about…and so little time to rave. Last year I started a new tradition with a “just one more list before we’re done with lists” kind of list.

CFCF – Outside (2013)

CFCF – Outside (2013)

Over the past four years, Canadian Mike Silver has operated under the name CFCF, more often than not creating a remarkable blend of innovative electronic music. That began with his surprising debut Continent