GALEN WESTON - THE SPACE BETWEEN
Toronto based Guitarist Galen Weston"s most recent touring highlights include includes 18 days in China playing Bloom Festival, JZ Festival, Lost Valley Festival, and many clubs. In the US - UpFront Jazz Festival, Bloomington Il, 3d Street Festival, Rochester MN, South Bend Jazz Festival, SB IN, Smiths Music Room, Atlanta GA, Reggies LIve, Chicago IL, Chris' Jazz Philadelphia, PA. In Canada - Jazz Bistro, Toronto, Jazz Upstairs Montreal. in Europe Sunset Sunside, Paris France, Porgy and Bess, Vienna Austria, A Train, Berlin Germany, Vortex, London UK, 20 dates in the US with the Gipsy Kings and many more! Coming soon are two festivals in Indonesia. Galen is accompanied by his “killer” international quartet comprised of Cuban drummer Michel Medrano Brindis, Canadian saxophonist Richard Underhill, and Czech bassist Lukas Kytnar.
LUIGI MARTINALE TRIO - CARUSO: JAZZIN’ ITALIAN STANDARDS
A very different take on the oft-recorded jazz standard mode – as this time around, the standards are all Italian – which makes most of them pretty unfamiliar to our ears! But even the few that we know take on a new sort of life in the hands of pianist Luigi Martindale – a player who mixes lyrical flights with these deep, round currents that are mighty nice – balancing the sonic range beautifully to really illuminate the tunes! The group also features round, warm bass from Stefano Risso – and a gentle crackle in the drums from Paolo Franciscone – both musicians who often allow the piano to dominate, but always seem to encourage its light. Titles include "Caruso", "Una Domenica Bestiale", "Almeno Tu Nell'Universo", "Senza Fine", "Estate", and "In Cerca Di Te". ~ Dusty Groove
THE KANDINSKY EFFECT – PAX 6
A jazz trio, but one with a very unique vibe – given that, in addition to familiar saxes, bass, and drums – the group also uses a fair bit of effects as well! The drums are often echoey and thunderous, the basslines nicely bumping, and the tones of the saxophone can go off in all sorts of directions – always tuneful, but often with darker currents too – nice little sonic twists and turns that certainly make the instrument sound different than usual! Saxophonist Warren Walker also plays a bit of keyboards too, although those often seem wrapped up with the larger electronic palette of the album – and titles include "Astoria", "We Make Our Own Holidays", "Loops", "Iron Lion", "Re: Jungle", "Musicbox", and "Glass Bottles". ~ Dusty Groove