Friday, January 12, 2018

Roy Haynes: A Life in Time

I'm taking a break for the next while so in the meantime here's a nice documentary on coolest and hippest man alive....Roy! Haynes!

And, in case you missed it....a very spirited drum solo (complete with a tap interlude!) from the 2012 Chicago Jazz Festival:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Max Roach 1993

Twenty five years ago today (January 1993), I met Max Roach at the IAJE Conference in San Antonio, Texas. I was only 15 years old at the time but I had already started listening to Max through his collaborations with Clifford Brown ("Study in Brown") and Sonny Rollins ("Saxophone Colossus"). I was hooked from the very first notes but after meeting Mr. Roach, shaking his hand and him graciously offering me an autograph I can safely say that my fate was sealed that morning!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Cymbal Sounds of The Masters: The Legends

Thanks to the kind people over at the Zildjian Cymbal Company, here's a brilliant piece of cymbal history to check out:

Let's hope that we see more of these, please!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Drum & Bass: Art Blakey and Paul Chambers

Just a little something to leave you with before the weekend starts...

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018 with Joey Baron

Happy New Year's! And what better way to ring in 2018 than with some inspiring solo drumming from Joey Baron:

While Baron is certainly a masterful, imaginative and inventive soloist by himself, here's also a nice reminder of his impeccable skills as an accompanist, featured here with Mark Turner on tenor saxophone and Jorge Rossy on vibraphone (!) on a composition entitled "Aloysius" (dedicated to Al Foster perhaps?):

Friday, December 29, 2017

Tim Mah's Top Canadian Jazz Albums of 2017

Further to my last blog post, my good friend Tim Mah has once again offered yet another year-end list, this time featuring his favourite Canadian Jazz recordings of 2017. Even more great music here to take check out!

Tim hosts the Jazz radio program "Jazz Today" on CJSW 90.9 FM (Calgary) and it airs every Thursday morning from 5:30 - 7:00am MST. Archives and track lists are available here:

This program is also available as a live stream on and the program is available as an iTunes podcast.

So without any further ado...

"Tim Mah's Top Canadian Jazz Albums of 2017"

In no particular order, here are ten of my favourite Canadian Jazz albums from 2017:

1) Matthew Stevens “Preverbal”

2) Emie R Roussel Trio “Intersections”

3) Chet Doxas “Rich in Symbols”

4) Quinsin Nachoff’s Ethereal Trio (self-titled)

5) Ralph Bowen (self titled)

6) Rachel Therrien Quintet “Why Don’t You Try”

7) Rubim de Toledo “The Gap”

8) Mike Downes “Root Structure”

9) Charles Trudel “Fruit”

10) Brad Cheeseman “The Tide Turns”

*Honorable Mentions*

Ashley Summers “True North”

Simon Denizart “Darkside”

Francois Bourassa Quartet “Number 9”

Diana Krall “Turn Up the Quiet”

Luke Sellick “Alchemist”

Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop “Rev”

Carn Davidson Nine 9 “Murphy”

Christine Jensen & Orchestre National de Jazz de Montreal “Under the Influence Suite”

Bria Skonberg “With a Twist”

Hilario Duran “Contumbao”