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By: Island Jazz  09-12-2011
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Soul Walk, which was produced in New York by Piatigorsky and which is already receiving acclaim from fans, reviewers, and musicians alike.(Click the Reviews button under “Categories” in the sidebar for the Island Jazz review of Soul Walk).

Island Jazz sat down with Braden and Piatigorsky to learn more about the making of the album and to find out what’s next as Braden takes another step in the development of what many feel will be a major international career.

A Special Voice and a Landmark Album

New York pianist/composer/producer Misha Piatigorsky knew from the first note he ever heard Emily Braden sing that she was a unique talent.

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My own experience with Houston Person’s music is an appearance he made in Victoria some years ago with Hugh Fraser, and a duo album he recorded with bassist Ron Carter, which has become one of my favourite recordings. Based on those listening experiences, all I can say is don’t miss him – he’s a phenomenal player who will leave you feeling really good and deeply in love with jazz all over again.


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This means that the music is accessible for casual jazz fans, while still being of interest to the educated fan or trained musician. La Riviere plays excellent trombone on this release and did all the arrangements as well as writing four of the nine tunes. La Riviere has worked hard to present previously penned songs in a new light, while showcasing his own songwriting skills.


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This 21-year-old saxophone sensation, raised in Portland and heralded “as a leading light for the next generation of jazz musicians” by Nat Hentoff in the Wall Street Journal, is definitely worth the trip to Salt Spring Island when she appears at ArtSpring on Wednesday, June 15 at 8pm.


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It was my suggestion to bring in the Fender Rhodes and I knew that he was into the sound of that instrument… and in fact owns 2 Rhodes keyboards: one for gigs which stays “in the box” and the other set up in his studio. Nordine, who hails from Salt Spring and teaches at VIU in Nanaimo, recently moved to Victoria, providing an opportunity for Island Jazz to sit down and ask a few questions about Departure and its musical direction.


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There we saw a 30-piece big band of jazz and classical players thrilling the audience with startlingly original compositions that mixed classical, jazz and experimental music as naturally as fresh water blends with salt in Holland’s seaside estuaries.


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Nor could he believe that about a week after joining the band, he was told he would be given a feature and that they would be recording a concerto for jazz band and orchestra with the London Philharmonic Orchestra that Dankworth had just composed.


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All three conditions were in place, along with an acoustically responsive room that allowed everyone to play unplugged, including Drabitt, who, in the sound check before the show, was able discard his amplifier after he found a sweet spot on the stage that produced all the presence he needed from his double bass.