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Marc Atkinson Trio II

The trio’s new CD-The Marc Atkinson Trio II, recorded at Vancouver’s Mushroom Studios pursues a direction similar to that of the first. But the group interplay displayed on tunes like the intricate arrangement of Bix Beiderbeck’s, In A Mist and the dazzling original, Fredrick’s Closet, heralds a new level of musicianship and creativity for the trio. Whether finessing the beautiful jazz standard Tenderly, segueing from Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique to The Sunshine of Your Smile or pounding out the playful power chords that begin Boilermaker, one of seven Atkinson originals that grace the CD, the trio maintains its exciting, unique musical identity.

This is jazz that is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery but remains accessible and absorbing. The music of The Marc Atkinson Trio good-naturedly welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating and unforgettable ride.

Marcelle Nokony
No Strings Attached

Style: Classical
Released: 2000
Producers: Marcelle Nokony & Dave Davies
Recorded: GSC Records, Salt Spring Island & Magiclab, Surrey, B.C.

Label: GSC Records Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcelle Nokony has played on stages across the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has played in symphony Orchestras, and at foot-stompin', kick-ass hoe-downs.

From a Lullaby to "Orange Blossom Special", Marcelle sizzles when she plays! The versatility of this extremely talented musician has to be heard to be believed. The image on the CD cover, in which the fiddle player is reflected in the mirror as a symphony violin player, is a perfect analogy of Marcelle's huge range of talents.

As a special treat, Valdy wrote and sings on Marcelle's arrangement of "Pachelbel's Canon"! This all-time favorite has been recorded dozens of times, but this is the first time it's ever been recorded with words!

For the purist, there's an instrumental version of this classic as well. There's something for everyone on this CD.

Michael Kaeshammer
Strut

Released November 2003
Michael Kaeshammer - Piano, Prepared Piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Vocals
Johnny Vidacovich - Drums
Ben Wolfe - Bass
Kevin Breit - Guitar, mad man on "Soundtrack to Something Beautiful"
Richard Bell - Wurlitzer on "Cry To Me"
John Johnson - Flute, Alto Flute, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bartitone Sax, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Brian Barlow - Percussion, Vibes, Marimba
Michael Dunston - Tambourine
Produced & Arranged by Peter Cardinali
Tracks 2, 3 & 11 Arranged by Michael Kaeshammer
Engineered by Denis Tougas

Mikeoula
Love Beyond Measure

Musical Reflections CELTIC WHISPERS

From the pleasant lilt of the penny whistle to the peaceful beauty of the Celtic Harp, Will Millar (I believe he was of the Irish Rovers) takes you to the green hills of Ireland with these stirring melodies and Celtic Whispers. Songs are: Factory girls (Mo Mhuirnin Ban,By the Banks of the Bann, Factory Girls), Haunted Kenban (Blue Hills of Antrim, Lady McQuillians Lament, The Longships of Dunluce), Spirit of Place (The Banks of Claudy, Curragh of Kildare, Limerick is Beautiful, Spancial HIll), Lark in the Clear Aires (My Singing Bird), Carickfergus (Mary of Dungloe), Slieve Gallon Braes (Sally Gardens), The Irish Brigade - 1864 (Bold Fenian Men, Hills of Shiloh, Skibereen, Ashokan Farewell), The Women of Ireland (Rosheen Dubh, The Women of Ireland, Star of the County Down, Suzie Maguire). Gorgeous music, good quality. ENJOY

Paul Verville
Impromptu

Style: Classical
Released: 1999
Producer: Dave Davies
Recorded: GSC Studios, Salt Spring Island
Label: GSC Records Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Verville is one of those special artists that you usually only read about - they practise for 8 to 10 hours a day, and they feel terrible if they miss even a single day. Paul's music reflects this dedication to his art, with flowing pieces from Chopin and Schubert, to tremendously complex renditions of Rachmaninov's work.

It helps to know that Rachmaninov had a hand spread of thirteen keys, and he wrote to suit his size. He was also a driven individual, and much of what he wrote embodies the turmoil that must have been a part of every one of his wakinng hours.

By contrast, Paul's spread is only nine keys, but his incredible speed and accuracy allows him to play even the most demanding of what Rachmaninov had to offer.

Robyn Jesson
Bluegrass and Beyond

First reaction…How can someone just 11-years-old hold her own with seasoned musicians through 15 songs in a mix of bluegrass, old time fiddle and Celtic? Robyn Jesson in her first CD does just that and does it with great style. “Bluegrass and Beyond” is a collection of songs that reveals the talent of a rising star on one of the most difficult instruments, the fiddle. This CD is proof that music knows no boundaries such as age or gender…rather desire, talent and persistence are the only requirements.

Robyn teams up with some of the best musicians on the west coast; Craig Korth - banjo and guitar (Craig is a mainstay of Jerusalem Ridge from Edmonton), Rod Backman on bass, (Rod is a veteran bassist from Seattle), John Reischman – mandolinist (songwriter, producer and veteran of many West Coast bands), Robyn’s Dad, Jim Jesson – guitar, (Jim also produced the album)
Recording crew included Michael Donegani from Nanoose Bay near Nanaimo B.C., along with excellent mixing and mastering by Bruce Harvie.

From the opening tune Big Bear to the closing of Wheel Hoss, this is an album to cherish. Big Bear sets the stage…a rollicking fun tune where the musicians cook along in an almost jam session style, lots of innovation and drive. Lead breaks by Robyn, John and Craig are tasty and fun. Sally Anne continues the bluegrass flavour with the musicians getting down and gritty. Ashokan Farewell is a soulful and emotional civil war tune where Robyn’s fiddle delivers passion and emotion. Rod’s bow work on the bass adds a beautiful touch and John’s mandolin is sensitive and supportive. And so it goes…excellent work on each of the 15 well selected tunes, which demonstrates the talent of this rising star.

Being a Canadian fiddler, Robyn is working hard on the old time fiddle which is different style of fiddling than that of American bluegrass fiddling. The first demonstration of her award winning style is heard in the Medley tune and it is easy to understand why Robyn is winning awards in the fiddle contests where ever she competes.

Robyn’s treatment on the Celtic flavored tunes is beautiful. Memories of Shetland and Flowers of Edinborough will stir the hearts of the Scots for sure. Two waltzes get great treatment by Robyn and the band…Tennessee Waltz and Golden Memories.

A strong opening deserves an equally strong finish and this happens with the powerful presentation of the Bill Monroe classic, Wheel Hoss …talk about getting down! Robyn kicks it off with authority and the rest of the band gets up and goes. This tune is hot with gutsy picking from John and Craig. It would make old Bill proud.

Bluegrass and Beyond is a wonderful statement that Canadians are producing good music. This CD is first class, from the music presentation, recording, mixing, album layout and pictures. Robyn Jesson is just 11-years-old and has delivered up a mighty fine project. She is a credit to herself, her family and to the music she plays so well. Thank you Robyn!

by George McKnight - Bluegrass Canada Magazine

Ron Mckee
Sonic Exposure

 

Born and raised in Nanaimo, B.C., I started playing music at the age of ten.

Playing guitar at 15 and then switching to bass at 19 just so I could join a band. The bass was the perfect fit.
My first gig was at Malaspina College Theater in April '85 with "DRUID"  We were a Mid-Evil Celtic rock band. Dressing in costumes and searching for that Crystal Soul.
The very next week I hit the bar circiut at the Queen's Hotel May '85 with Duffy Frank, Fred Izon & Bruce McCann. We were known as "REVOLVER"
This evolved into "LIGHTNING" with Ron Stewart and Bruce McCann. '87 
Then I was asked to join "BROADSTREET" (formally "Roulette")  Gerry Pool, Don Stevenson, Randy Haug and Ron McKee. We had a successfull 12 year run up and down Vancover Island.
"GYPSY HEART" was the next good band to come along. Theo Massop, Dennis Olsen and Pete Scheibel.
Through all of this I was learing how to write.
Ronsongs 1 1985,   Ronsongs 2  1988,  Ronsongs 3  1992,  Ronsongs 4  1995,  Ronsongs 5 1998,  Ronsongs 6  2001,  Ronsongs 7  2004. 
"Sonic Exposure" is an instrumental project in between RS 7 and RS 8.  
"Frozen Memories" (with Jim Blair),  Hard to Admit, Smack down and Lost One (which won 3rd place in a northern Alberta song writing competition) are among my favorites.
Although sometimes the production value may be in question, I feel the songs all have something to say. They are a result of allowing the music to take over.  PEACE
Ron Mckee
 
for Ron's complete bio please visit http://www.ronsongs.ca/history.htm

Saburo and Friends
Sunshine Island

Saburo Murata plays and composes for Alto sax, Soprano Sax, Flute and
Keyboard

A Recent immigrant from Japan, Saburo studied composition and Sax at
Shyobi University in Tokyo. After years of playing in Jazz Clubs and
doing studio musician work in Japan he moved to Gabriola Island in 1996.

Since moving to Canada he has played with numerous bands including,
Bossa breeze, appearing with them in the victoria Latin Festival and
the Victoria Folk Fest.

His first Cd in Canada "Sunshine Island", features his own blend of
Latin Fusion originals and gives an indication of the versatility,
emotion and professionalism that makes Saburo a respected musician.

He's now working on his next Cd which will be released in Spring 2004
featuring World Beat originals with sounds from West Africa, First
Nations, Japan and so on.

Swingamajig
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Michael Fraser, Fiddle
Don Fraser, Guitar

Swingamajig is a father-son jazzy musical duo based in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

The Fiddler:
Sixteen-year-old Michael Fraser has been fiddling up a storm since he was four. In 1998 he won the Southwestern Ontario Fiddle Championship in the 9-and-under category. Lately Michael has been immersing himself in Gypsy jazz and Swing jazz standards. His favorite jazz fiddler is Stuff Smith and one can sense Stuff’s hard-swinging influence in Michael’s improvisations. In 2001 Michael was the recipient of a B.C. Hall of Fame Scholarship in recognition of his "demonstrated talent, dedication and future potential in the field of music." When Michael isn’t fiddling, he spends his time skateboarding, turntabling and playing with his dog Django.

The Guitarist:
Don Fraser has played various styles of music including Bluegrass, Swing and Musette. In 1996 he won the Western Canadian Bluegrass Guitar Championship. Equally at home playing lead as he is playing rhythm guitar, Don doesn’t mind taking the backseat and letting his son Michael bask in the spotlight.

musicians:
Michael Fraser,
jazz violin
Don Fraser, guitar
Miles Black, piano
Tom Keenlyside, tenor saxophone & clarinet
René Worst, bass