Sunday, June 11, 2017

Northern Adventures "The Canada Sessions Vol.1"

Al Muirhead, trumpet, bass trumpet, and flugelhorn

Is there still a little room on your plate for a dozen etched-in-stone American songbook standards? If so, you might want to cue up this session under the leadership of Al Muirhead. He is heard here working with two all Canadian groups, the crème de la crème of the North. Among them are multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson and trumpet and flugelhorn ace Guido Basso, both of whom had length ties with the late bandleader Rob McConnell. Muirhead, at 81, has spent a lifetime in music and takes on these classics with obvious affection and pure musicianship. Every tune is a winner, but to name a handful, how about "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "I've Never Been In Love Before", "Emily", "You'll Never Know", and "Nice Work If You Can Get It". One can easily tell that Al Muirhead and friends are having way too much fun. I'll bet that you will too!

Chronograph Records; 2017; appx. 57 min.

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