Clarinetist/arranger Phil Nimmons led one of the most important jazz groups in Canada during 1953-1977, which by 1958 was known as Nimmons 'n' Nine. This two-CD set contains previously unreleased material recorded as radio transcriptions and/or broadcasts during 1959-1964, with 16 of the 21 selections being from 1963-1964.
The Dave Mcmurdo Jazz OrchestraMarking the tenth year since Canadian trombonist/composer/arranger Dave McMurdo has been able to keep his irregularly assembled 19-piece orchestra in fine fettle, if not in actual paying gigs, this two-disc set should alert many stateside and European ears to its potential as a festival attraction.
The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra Just for Now features arrangements from McMurdo, Mike Malone, Don Thompson, Mark Promane, and Phil Nimmons.Both the composer and the librettist agreed to delve into Quebec's history to find the story and characters for their opera. Chevalier de Lorimier is one of the most interesting figures from the period of the Troubles of 1837-1838The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra perform works by Andrew P. MacDonald, Michael Matthews, and S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté.
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