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Andrea Smith Sweet Embrace

With the release of her newest cd 'Sweet Embrace' Andrea has experienced a surge in popularity and recognition for her songwriting skills, not to mention her fabulous vocal work on the album. The album features the best of west coast musicians including, Phil Dwyer, Pat Coleman, Ken Lister, Pat Steward, Dave Gogo, Todd Sacerty, Rick Salt, Miles Black and Tina Jones. With an indie label (www.RootCellarRecords.ca) and national distribution, this island girl is indeed on her way to great things.

Review

"...A new bright light on the local music scene, Andrea Smith is a powerful and expressive vocalist as well as an excellent guitar player. Her original songs are catchy, rhythmic and very lyrically creative. To add to her talents she has a genuine magnetic personality and is a polished professional performer. I play her music regularly on my show as do others at CHLY here in Nanaimo. Andrea is on her way to great things musically."

B. Hazelbower Programmer CHLY Radio, Nanaimo

Brad Prevedoros
Carnaval

An exciting collection of Latin inspired music featuring nylon string guitar, percussion, bass, piano, mandolin and saxophone. Includes original music in the neo-Flamenco style as well as arrangements of popular compositions such as Girl From Ipanema, Manha De Carnaval, and Meditation. Carnaval is a compilation album consisting of selected pieces from Turn Of The Hand, Windows, Firedance, Look To The Sky and Chasing Time.

Damian Graham
Digs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in New Zealand ('72) and raised on the west coast of Canada, Damian's musical diversity has led to performances with some of the finest musicians in the country and abroad. (Michael Kaeshammer, David Gogo, Paul Laine, Paul Pigat, Pat Coleman,The Swinging Bachelors, Bob Murphy, Danger Danger, Phil Dwyer, Resin, The Big Band Trio, Tyler Yarema)

Performance highlights have included sharing the stage with Joshua Redman, Albert Collins, Cecil McBee, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Holly Cole, The Shuffle Demons, Buddy Guy, Metalwood, The Paladins, Colin James, The Odds, Junkhouse, Jane Bunnett, Phil Dwyer, Joey DeFrancesco, and numerous festival appearances including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto and Vancouver DuMarier Jazz Festivals, Beilefeld Jazz fest (Germany), High Sierra Music Festival (USA)

As well as playing drums Damian regularly works in the chair of Producer, Engineer, Graphic Designer (this site), Composer and has run his own label Bagel Boy Records for the past 10 years.

Damian's production, engineering and graphic design credits include the bands "Dr. Tongue", "Gypsyland", "Tongue and Groove", his latest release as a band leader entitled "Digs" and the ever popular "Nicol Street Christmas I, II and III" which feature many artists including musicians from The Odds, Wunderbread, David Gogo, Camille Miller, Gerry Barnum, Paul Laine.

As a composer Damian has written a large collection of material encompassing a wide variety of musical genres both on his own and in collaboration with other artists. Many of these compositions have been featured on radio and on his label. In 2000 co-writes with Michael Kaeshammer appeared on the later's Juno nominated album "No Strings Attached" (Alma Records)

The past four years have seen Damian touring extensively with Michael Kaeshammer, a young and talented pianist who is rapidly gaining recognition in Canada and abroad as one of the most exciting live acts around. Damian also maintains a busy live and studio schedule with his own ensemble and as an in demand session player. Having performed all across Canada, USA and Europe, Damian has been busy changing the way people think about the drums.

On Digs Damian is joined by some of the most highly regarded musicians on the west coast, Throughout the album pianist Chad Geekie amazes the listener with his incredible touch and sensitivity. A busy performer Chad is also an accomplished composer. Simon Fisk and Joey Smith hold down the bass chair and demonstrate why they are two of the most sought out bass players going. Other guests include Tina Jones (Wunderbread) singing beautifully, Marty Shepard's lush trumpet tones, and newcomer Jamie Campbell on tenor saxophone. (Received Jazz Report Magazine's Most Outstanding High School Musician award)

Daniel Lapp
Reunion

Diversity Records
DIV10652

Born and raised in Prince George, British Columbia, Daniel Lapp learned the joy of fiddle music from his grandfather, five uncles and numerous accordion playing aunts. Family events were excuses to play music and he carries this tradition into a new era and contemporary culture.

His new album, "REUNION", was recorded in Edinburgh and Newcastle. It is a celebration of "how fantastic being a musician is," says Daniel... "traveling the world and discovering soul mates from other countries." REUNION is the first fiddle album recorded by Daniel featuring 10 original tunes as well as offering some unusual arrangements of a few old standards. There are a total of 11 extraordinary UK musicians collaborating on this record including: Kathryn Tickell on north Umbrian pipes, Tony McManus on guitar, Simon Thoumire on concertina, and David Milligan on the piano. At times, your toe will be tapping, but all of the music is not what one might expect from a "fiddle" album. The genre is explored a step further with Daniel's unique "folk trumpet" and other musical influences, including jazz, which find their way into the recording.

Between the late 80's and early 90's, Daniel made numerous visits to the UK, touring and doing session work. After forming bonds with a diverse group of musicians over the years, he discovered that "deep images and sounds" of his UK friends still remained long after. In 2001, after a much anticipated reunion with Kathryn Tickell in Vancouver and other surprise musical re-acquaintances in Cape Breton, Daniel was inspired to return to the UK and record an album. In fact, "Sweet Reunion" (the first track on REUNION) summarizes the entire experience, as Daniel explains, 'it's an amazing thing that you can play music with someone once and then many years later just continue on where you left off. The "sweet" bit comes from the intimate, nonverbal and soulful exchange that occurs when people play music together, a unique human interplay without bias or prejudice."

Throughout his diverse musical career, Daniel has learned to play numerous instruments in many musical genres. He studied jazz at Humber College in Toronto and received a BMus degree from the University of Victoria specializing in trumpet, composition and world music. His jazz influences led him to form the dynamic quartet, Lappelectro, in 2001. Lappelectro fuses experimental elements of various influences including jazz, folk, and electronica. Their sound mixes loop based DJ culture and live improvisation with a unifying goal to bridge the gap between the two.

This Victoria, BC resident is the winner of the British Columbia Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as the Prince George, Victoria, and Vancouver Symphonies. Subsequently, Daniel was invited to Fiddlesticks, an international meeting of fiddlers in Cork, Ireland to perform selections from his collection of over 1000 indigenous British Columbia fiddle tunes. He also represented Canada in Hanover, Germany at Expo 2000 with Bowfire, an ensemble of eleven critically acclaimed violinists and fiddlers, who were subsequently invited to perform on the Governor-General's Awards telecast. Last October, Daniel performed at the Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton Island, followed by a one-month tour of the UK performing with the Edinburgh Fiddle Festival.

Over the past 10 years, Daniel has taught various fiddle styles to dozens of students at workshops across Western Canada and the United States. He has also been a guest instructor at the Universities of Victoria and Newcastle, England. In 1994, Daniel formed the BC Fiddle Orchestra with 10 of his brightest students. This exceptional group was invited to perform in front of an audience of 60,000 people at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria. This evolved into the Daniel Lapp Fiddleharmonic. Both ensembles have recorded albums and played extensively throughout B.C. In addition, Daniel is the founder and president of The Victoria Fiddle Society.

Dedicated to this music and the fiddle, Daniel is currently compiling a book entitled "101 BC Fiddle Tunes by 101 BC Fiddlers." He will also be recording a CD to be released in the spring of 2003 entitled "Put 'er in the Woodbox" that will feature 35 compositions by old B.C. fiddlers. Further, Daniel will be touring in much of 2002 and 2003 in support of REUNION.

"I am sure that someday, intimate memories and a mutual fondness will demand another REUNION, perhaps in Ireland or the Appalachians" says Daniel. "When that time comes, we'll grab an instrument, sit down, have a laugh and pick up right where we left off."

Diana Krall All For You

Catalog #IMPD182
compact disc, cassette
release date 3/12/1996
Impulse! Records
All For You is Diana Krall's moving tribute to the great Nat King Cole.

Elizabeth Ryan
Shake me A Martini

 

 

 

 

 

 

recorded at Raincoast Studio

Produced by J. Douglas Dodd

Musicians: Larry Miller,Robson Sutherland, Michael Wright

Elly Parker Elly

Elly Parker...and then some! Singer, songwriter, entertainer, storyteller, author, humanitarian and poet, Elly Parker has a natural talent for reaching into your soul and singing your song. Her love of family and zest for life is more than apparent in her songwriting. Elly’s self-titled CD offers the listener an amazing palette of musical stylings from blues, jazz, and gospel to hints of folk, country, and Celtic. Served up on one hot compact disc that only this woman can spin. Her radiant smile, playful nature, and sense of humor, has brought her audiences from Sheffield, England to New Orleans, Louisiana. Her powerful voice has been heard in night clubs, festivals and theatre productions. Elly is currently working on her second album entitled “Lavender Blue.”

Flora Scott
Then and Now

CD (March 1, 1999)
Original Release Date: March 1, 1999
'Then & Now' represents the span of time over which these tunes were composed. Some were written in the 1920's, 30's, 40's and 50's including an original song "Stay" by Flora herself.
Flora selected these tunes to record because she found the older jazz melodies particularly appealing while at the same time the lyrics are still effective and meaningful by today's standards.
Featuring Hugh Fraser and produced by Claire Lawrence with arrangements by Anita Bonkowski. Also appearing: Campbell Ryga, Ross Taggart, Brad Turner, Ken Lister, Dave Robbins, and Craig Scott.

Produced by Claire Lawrence and Hugh Fraser

Arrangements - Anita Bonkowski
Recorded in 1998 at Blue Wave Productions Limited,
Vancouver, B.C.
Engineering & mixing - Perry Barret
Mixing on "East of the Sun" and "I've got it Bad"
by Blair Calibaba
Assistant engineer - Matt Martiensson
Mastered by Craig Waddell

Cover photo by Rob Destrube at Destrube Photography, Victoria, B.C.
Photo of Craig Scott by Tom Siddal
All other photos by Erhard Laslo, Victoria, B.C.
Graphics by Ajana, Media Magic, Victoria, B.C.

Members/Musicians

Flora Scott - guitar, vocals
Hugh Fraser - trombone, piano
Campbell Ryga - alto and soprano sax
Ross Taggart - piano, tenor sax
Brad Turner - trumpet, flugel horn, piano
Ken Lister - bass
Dave Robbins - drums
Craig Scott - drums



Gordon Clements
Mingus, Mancini & Us

" I am going to play the truth of what I am." Charles Mingus

The ensemble is essentially a working trio (Rob, Clint, and I) which has been augmented with a guest (first Lou and then Louise). I didn't start out with the intention of playing so many instruments but as the arrangements came together it seemed to make sense. The tunes, a mixture of originals and standards, also suggested themselves as we began to discuss the recording.

I have worked regularly with Rob Cheramy for many years. His playing and writing have been a constant source of inspiration not only for me but for musicians throughout the western Canadian jazz community.

Someone once said old musicians need to work as often as possible with young musicians. I don't think I quite qualify as old but Clint Ryder certainly qualifies as young. He is perhaps the most serious 22 year old I know and is definitely one of the finest bass players I've worked with.

Lou Williamson is both a great percussionist and a great friend. The role of the drums on this date was very delicate. Everything was to be recorded live off the floor so Lou had to provide energy without being too strong. As usual his playing was perfect.

You can never do as much as you like on a project like this so early on I began to imagine the next one. Our moments in the studio with Louise Rose were like a wonderful dream which ended too soon. I am already looking forward to the next opportunity.

Louise's strength, both musical and personal, is well known. We recorded Dreamsville twice. Both versions can only be described as magical and it was the clock that decided which one we used.

Paul Horn is a legend. His incredibly vast experience in all aspects of the music business make him the kind of producer anyone would love to have. I can't thank him enough for all the help, inspiration, and friendship that he freely gave all of us.

GORDON CLEMENTS soprano & alto sax, clarinet & bass clarinet, flute
ROB CHERAMY guitar
CLINT RYDER contrabass
LOU WILLIAMSON drums & vibes
LOUISE ROSE piano & voice

Recorded October 1997, Seacost Sound, Victoria, BC
Produced by PAUL HORN
Recorded and mixed by BOB BENSON
Assistant engineer JESSE BANNERMAN
Mastered by MARK FRANKLIN
Original artwork by ROBERT AMOS
Photography by ART TURENNE

Harmonic Hatchery Band Leave It All To The Music

Jazz, funk, and more in an album that is ostensibly "for kids", but who's to say what "kids" are, anyway......?

Music and Lyrics by jazz pianist Ron Hadley (ASCAP)

Personnel:

Ron Hadley: piano, all instruments (in real time via midi keyboard), sound samples & voice; Sue Klassen: voice; Gail Heavilin: voice; Jim Cameron: tenor & baritone saxophones; Jack Carder: trumpet & flugabone; Bob Neale: bass; Ray Brunelle: drums

Copyright 2001 by Ron Hadley

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