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Deep Shadows

by Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra

Kirk MacDonald follows up two JUNO nominated CDs with this world class band featuring Pat Labarbera, PJ Perry, Rob Smith, Kevin Turcotte, Al Kay, Lorne Lofsky and others playing MacDonald's compositions, arranged by Joe Sullivan and Terry Promane.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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1. New Piece
Kirk MacDonald
12:41 $0.99
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2. Goodbye Glenn
Kirk MacDonald
7:23 $0.99
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3. Greenwich Time
Kirk MacDonald
8:53 $0.99
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4. Calendula
Kirk MacDonald
7:25 $0.99
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5. Eleven
Kirk MacDonald
10:15 $0.99
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6. New Beginnings
Kirk MacDonald
10:04 $0.99
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7. Starlight
Kirk MacDonald
7:16 $0.99
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8. Deep Shadows
Kirk MacDonald
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Presumably, there is no law in Canada requiring that a big-band leader's last name begin with "Mc" or "Mac," even though most available evidence would seem to indicate otherwise. First came Rob McConnell (and the incomparable Boss Brass), then Dave McMurdo, followed by Ian McDougall, Dan McNeill, John MacLeod and now Kirk MacDonald whose debut big-band album, Deep Shadows, carries on the tradition and does his kindred Mcs and Macs proud.

Not only did MacDonald write every number (five were arranged by trumpeter Joe Sullivan, the other three by trombonist Terry Promane}, his is one of the more engaging solo voices in an orchestra that is jam-packed with them. MacDonald's sumptuous tenor saxophone is showcased on the lovely waltz "Calendula" and dreamy "Deep Shadows," and he solos again with veteran guitarist Lorne Lofsky (so good to hear him again) on the variable yet persuasive opener, "New Piece," with alto P.J. Perry and trombonist Alastair Kay on the Boss Brass-like "Starlight" (dedicated to the memory of Rob McConnell). Perry and tenor Pat La Barbera are the soloists on the ballad "Goodbye Glenn," Lofsky and soprano Mark Promane on the breezy "Greenwich Time," trumpeter Sullivan, trombonist Promane and drummer Barry Romberg on the minor-key "Eleven," Lofsky, LaBarbera, trumpeter Rob Smith and pianist Nancy Walker on the groovy "New Beginnings." Several of the names should be well-known to Canadian and other jazz enthusiasts who recall their tenure with McConnell, McMurdo and some of the other ensembles alluded to earlier.

MacDonald, who is above all a serious musician, waited until the proper moment to put his orchestra to the test, an examination it passes with flying colors, thanks in no small measure to the wealth of experience and talent spread among the various sidemen (and woman). While Deep Shadows eschews much of the sound and fury often associated with big bands, it succeeds on its own terms, presenting music that is both cerebral and charming. And while MacDonald's name is on the marquee, the album is in every respect a team effort, with everyone in the lineup contributing sizably to the collective enterprise. Deep Shadows is a pleasure to hear and easy to recommend. " ALL ABOUT JAZZ - By JACK BOWERS, April 5, 2012

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