July 2022 MBR The Library CD Shelf

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Jul 31, 2022, 6:58:59 PMJul 31
The Library CD Shelf

Ariane Racicot
Canada Council for the Arts
$20.00 CAD CD / $10.00 CAD digital


Montreal pianist and composer Ariane Racicot presents her debut album Envolee, featuring five original compositions that draw upon a wide range of jazz piano styles. Antoine Rochefort on electric bass, Guillaume Picard on drums, and Martin Plante on drums contribute their talents to heighten the intensity and rhythm of the evocative, genre-bending music pieces. Envolee is a choice pick for both personal and public library collections, highly recommended. The tracks are Vertige, Coffee and Cigarettes, Bicycle Ride, Crepuscule, and A ciel ouvert.

Queen Kong
Canada Council for the Arts
$15.00 CAD digital


Fray is the debut album of the Toronto-based band of klezmorim (Jewish folk music performers) Queen Kong, led by drummer and composer Lorie Wolf, and featuring Michael Winograd on clarinet, Max Forster on trumpet and electronics, Nathan Dell-Vandenburg on trombone, Tom Richards on sousaphone, Graham Campbell on guitar, Beth Silver on cello, and Jaron Freeman-Fox on violin. The ten original songs is an adventure in creative use of metering, and a confluence of myriad musical styles fused into a klezmer celebration. Fray is a welcome addition to multicultural music collections, highly recommended for klezmer connoisseurs and public libraries. The tracks are Kavod-19, Bethema, Let Me Take My Time, If/Then, Kaddish for Jonny, East 3rd and C, Di Zun Vet Aruntergyn, Pirate Max, NBK, Kaddish for Jonny II, and Moshi.

Calling You From My Mountain
Peter Rowan
Rebel Records
$14.98 CD / $8.99 MP3


GRAMMY-award winning artist Peter Rowan presents Calling You From My Mountain, an album showcasing his acoustic guitar music and folksy vocals. The songs cross genre boundaries from bluegrass and Americana to country rock, jazz, reggae, and more. Calling You From My Mountain is a treasure for acoustic guitar connoisseurs, a choice pick for public library music collections, and also makes an excellent gift. Highly recommended! The tracks are New York Town, Veil of Deja Blue, Come Along Jody, Little Joe, The Song That Made Hank Williams Dance, A Winning Hand, From My Mountain (Calling You), Frog on the Lilly Pad, The Red The White and the Blue, Light at the End of the World, Penitentiary Blues (Big Brazos), Dream of Heaven, and Freedom Trilogy.

Breaking News
Clinton Fearon
Boogie Brown Productions
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3


Breaking News is an original, full-length album by reggae master Clinton Fearon, composed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lyrics stress the need for common sense and compassion, and the music conveys the beating of a steady heart and the strength of the soul in trying times. Profound and emotionally moving, Breaking News is highly recommended not only for reggae connoisseurs, but also for anyone in need of the supportive power of quality music. The tracks are Breaking News, Don't Dump it, Social Unrest, New Chapter, Have Some Fun, Sweet Morning Sun, Brace Yourself, I Wanna Dance, Trod On, I Am Thankful, and Unbeatable Dub.

Jacob Chung
Three Pines Records
$10.00 CAD digital


Toronto saxophonist/composer Jacob Chung (b. 2000) presents his debut release Epistle, an original music album written for quintet performance. Christian Antonacci on trumpet, Felix Fox-Pappas on piano, Thomas Hainbuch on bass, and Petros Anagnostakos on drums contribute their talent to this swinging, energetic Canadian jazz delight, highly recommended especially for connoisseurs of the genre. The tracks are Triage, Bouncin' at Bonafide, Epistle I: Conviction/II; Justification, Epistle III: Sanctification, Epistle IV: Glorification, and Sizzler Kebab.

Into Another Land
Shiri Zorn, George Muscatello, and Mauricio Zottarelli
Privately Published


Into Another Land is a beautiful music album featuring Shiri Zorn's soul-stirring vocals, George Muscatello on guitar, and Mauricio Zottarelli on percussion. Eight songs, two of them original compositions, push the boundaries of jazz to explore contemplations on life, love, and the beauty of the fleeting moment. Into Another Land is a joy to experience, highly recommended. The tracks are Witch Touch, How Deep is the Ocean, Zingaro, Beautiful Love, I Wasn't Ready, vivo Sonhando, Willow Weep for Me, and Detour Ahead.


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