!earshot picks for 2007
Jim Dupuis of Jazz Notes with Jim on 92.5 the X, CFBX-FM Kamloops, BC, heard Wednesdays from 5-7 PM. I include many interviews on my show with musicians and writers. Many of the interviews are carried in !earshot-online.com. I program annual specials for Mardi Gras and International Women's Day and an all Canadian show in July. I usually attend the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival and lately the Komasket Music Festival. I attend most concerts sponsored by the Kamloops Jazz Society and make it on occasion to the Ashcroft Opera House for live music performances (no they usually don't have opera).
TOP 5 RECORDS OF 2007
PJ Perry Campbell Ryga Quintet -- Joined at the Hip – (Cellar Live)
Sonny Rollins -- Sonny, Please – (Doxy Records)
Carol McCartney -- A Night in Tunisia – (Moxy)
Nordic Connect -- Flurry (Artistshare)
Brandi Disterheft -- Debut (Superfran Records)
MOST UNDER-RATED RECORDS OF 2007
Larra Skye – The World Disappears – (Audiomaiden Music)
Cat Jahnke – None of These Things – (Independent)
MOST OVER-RATED RECORD OF 2007
Randy Bachman and the New Guitar Summit – Jazz Thing II – (Ranbach)
BEST LOCAL RELEASE OF 2007
Guppy Tyke, Sean Luciw’s attempt to shake up the jazz world was very interesting. Vocalist Terra Grimard (http://www.myspace.com/terragrimard) and guitarist Kris Ruston (http://www.myspace.com/krisruston) put out short albums which left us wanting more.
BEST PERSONAL C/C RADIO MOMENT OF 2007.
Shelly G, host of Jazz on the Rocks on CFBX (Friday’s 5-7 PM) interviewed Molly Johnson. Shelley, her husband Ken and I attended Molly’s concert in Kelowna and we got to meet her. She was very generous with her time, signed stuff for us, had her pictures taken with us and even recommended a wonderful book to read—The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (Dan Hill’s brother). I was walking on air. Oh yeah, bought the book and it’s great.
MOST ANTICIPATED RECORD FOR 2008
I really wish the great Ahmad Jamal (http://www.ahmadjamal.net/) would put another one out and locally vocalist/trumpet player Anita Eccolston says that she should have one soon.