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Volume 27 Issue 3 - December 2021 / January 2022

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Many Happy Returns: the rebirth of Massey Hall -- from venue to hub; music theatre's re-emergence from postponement limbo; pianist Vikingur Ólafsson's return visit to to "Glenn Gould's hometown"; guest writer music librarian Gary Corrin is back from his post behind the scenes in the TSO library; Music for Change returns to 21C; and here we all are again! Welcome back. Fingers crossed, here we go.

Down to Earth Time Warp

Down to Earth Time Warp Cornerstone Records CFST CD 159 (cornerstonerecordsinc.com) ! Formed in 1980 by drummer Barry Elmes and bassist Al Henderson as a forum for their compositions, Time Warp became one of the leading Canadian jazz bands of its era. Rooted in hard and post-bop, it also integrated world music materials, including Asian, African and Latin American elements. Initially a trio with Bob Brough, the group added Mike Murley in 1985, giving it a particular snarl when the two saxophonists both played tenors. Down to Earth was originally released on cassette, but the rediscovered original tapes have been restored, remixed and remastered for this CD. The compositional emphasis shows in the brevity of the treatments, with ten tracks packed into 45 minutes, but the concentration intensifies the music. Henderson and Elmes create masterful grooves, apparent from the outset on Elmes’ Blue Mustard, a soul jazz demonstration of the drive of twinned tenor saxophonists. There’s even more evidence of jazz showing its blues roots on Henderson’s Muddy’s Blues, complete with mimetic honks and wails from the saxophones. There’s variety as well, though, with the Japanese undercurrent to Black Koto, the high-speed bop of Sonny’s Tune and Backlash and the moody Solar Wind. There’s an added rhythmic complexity to Nightwing, a slightly Latinate feature for Brough’s alto saxophone, and Clunker, which brings Henderson and Elmes to the foreground. Time Warp’s personnel altered through the following years, with leaders Elmes and Henderson as the constants; their last release, Warp IX, marked their 20th anniversary in 2000. Cornerstone is currently reissuing their earlier recordings. Stuart Broomer Strings Jim Snidero Savant Records SCD 2199 (jimsnidero.com) ! On September 10, 2001 alto saxophonist Jim Snidero could not have predicted what a trajectory this album would take. Set to record on September 11 in New York City, unexpectedly postponed due to the tragic circumstances, this fine album was originally released in 2003 and reissued on September 10, 2021. A lot can happen in a musician’s career and the world itself in the span of 20 years but Snidero’s music remains relevant and touching, depicting the weight of its times. Originally written and arranged for a jazz quartet and a 10-piece string ensemble, the reissued version has an added double bass in the string section and an enhanced sound. I loved the sound of the strings on this album – lush, expansive, dreamy and all encompassing. Snidero’s arrangements work very well in all the tunes. The album showcases six original compositions and two standards, and is heavy on the ballads. River Suite, comprised of three parts, is especially captivating. A homage to the Hudson River, this gorgeous music tells a story of an innermost experience. Absolutely devilish solos by drummer Bill Drummond and violinist Marc Feldman in the third part of the suite, Torrent, are whirling with intense energy. Featured are some memorable solos by the fantastic Renee Rosnes (piano), Paul Gill (bass) and Tomas Ulrich (cello). Snidero’s sax interacts with the strings in the most natural way. His solos demand attention and bring in lyricism to unexpected places. With just a touch of nostalgia, Snidero’s compositions are sonic evocation of the times past. You will find Strings incredibly satisfying. Ivana Popovic New to the Listening Room This Issue Where Words Fail – Music For Healing 35 Margaret Maria Préludes et Solitudes 36 Marie Nadeau-Tremblay Beethoven: Violin Sonatas nº 4, 9 & 10 36 Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin Remembering Russia 36 Jesus Rodolfo & Min Young Kang La Grazia Delle Donne 38 Ensemble la Cigale and Myriam Leblanc Scarlatti: Essercizi per garvicembalo 39 Hank Knox Bach au Pardessus de viole 39 Mélisande Corriveau ; Eric Milnes New Jewish Music, Vol. 3 41 Azrieli Music Prizes Songbook 47 Dizzy & Fay Augmented Reality 47 Benjamin Deschamps Worldview 47 Avatar Volume 27 no. 2 Eberhard 51 Lyle Mays The Space in Which to See 47 Borderlands Ensemble The Sky’s Acetylene 45 David Fulmer Mangetsu 39 Duo Della Luna Unsnared Drum 47 Michael Compitello Spirits 44 Van Stiefel American Discoveries 45 Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra Read the reviews here, then visit thewholenote.com/listening 56 | December 2021 thewholenote.com

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