A Look Back at

Paul J. Youngman
Top 10 Concerts, in no particular order:

Wayne Shorter Quartet @ Massey Hall
> go to report

Ravi Coltrane & Luis Perdomo @ The Art Of Jazz – Spring Festival
> go to report

A Tribute To Barry Harris @ The Art Of Jazz – Spring Festival
Jazz heaven

A Tribute To Don Thompson @ The Art Of Jazz – Spring Festival
The best jazz on jazz

Kenny Barron & Eddie Henderson @ The Art Of Jazz – Spring Festival
> go to report

Rashied Ali & Sonny Fortune @ The Art Of Jazz – Spring Festival
> go to report

Molly Johnson @ The Toronto Jazz Festival
Kick-ass performance
> go to report

Pharoah Sanders Quartet with Kenny Garrett @ The Toronto Jazz Festival
Electric intensity with power to spare
> go to report

Charlie Haden Quartet West @ The Guelph Jazz Festival
Beautiful musical rhapsodies
> go to report

Dave Holland Quintet @ The Music Hall
What a band
> go to report

Notable: Steve Coleman & The Five Elements (Guelph Jazz Festival), Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown (The Art Of Jazz – Spring Festival), Rich Brown & Rinsethealgorithm (Trane Studio), Fab Trio, Ochs, Masaoka and Lee (Guelph Jazz Festival), Kollage (The Old Mill Inn), Gene Bertoncini Trio (The Rex) and last but by no means least The Luis Deniz Quartet (The Rex).

Happy happy, all the best for the New Year and may great music bless your soul. Please get out and support live music, lets help to make the music and the musicians thrive, not just survive.

Generally speaking, this would have been a really lousy year for me; it has been made bright through music and the friendships that music can provide. I attended and reported on some wonderful festivals and concerts this year. I reviewed some great recordings, some not so great and some with potential that will improve with time, practice and perseverance.
Below is a list of my top 10 recordings for 2006, they are in no particular order:

From The HeartHilario Duran and his Latin Jazz Big Band
Start to finish, a killer CD — with some of my favourite musicians participating.
> go to report

A Lot of Love – Live! Reggie Washington
Excellent grooves with joyful playing by a spectacular cast.
> go to review

Beyond The Wall Kenny Garrett
One of the most exciting players around, great music on this CD, very spiritual, this should be a Grammy winner or at least a Grammy nominee.

Here Eric Reed
One of my favourite pianists, always a treat, live or recorded.

The Word Is Out Jaco Pastorius Big Band
If you like big bands that can funk it up to some excellent compositions, check this one out, great arrangements, great playing by a talented band.

Live In Tokyo, At The Blue Note Mingus Big Band
A high energy tribute band playing Mingus proud, good, clean, uplifting fun.

At This Time Kollage
A live tribute concert to Art Blakey with some inspirational playing by two of Toronto’s young lions, read my review for details.
> go to review

You Don’t Know Me Marcus Belgrave
Joyful, spirited, great songs, great musicians, what’s not to like.
> go to review

Horace-Scope Horace Silver
A 2006 Blue Note re-release, I missed it in 1960, Blue Mitchell, Horace Silver, Junior Cook, Gene Taylor and Roy Brooks — amazing stuff.

All The Things We Still Can Be Jacob Varmus
If this was on a major label it would be a Grammy contender, excellent trumpet/cornet player with a beautiful full round tone, just needs to focus on instrument and leave the singing to Mr. Baker.
> go to review

Notable: Melissa Stylianou Sliding Down, Dione Taylor I love Being Here With You, Roberto Magris Il Belo Del Jazz, Ernesto Cervini Here, Thelonious Monk Live in ‘66, the list could go on, there was a lot of good music to be sampled.

My top ten are just that, what appealed to me, ringing true to my musical soul at a moment in time. Any one wondering why my reviews of some of the CDs listed are not to be found; I only review CDs that I’m requested or offered to review, many of my favourites were purchased. On occasion if I really feel the need, I will make the request to an artist or management to send me a CD that needs to be reviewed.

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Paul J. Youngman
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