Thank you, Kerry Doole and New Canadian Music for reviewing Like a Circle in a Spiral.
“Fern Lindzon is one of the most adventurous and accomplished vocalists, pianists and songwriters on the T.O. jazz scene, and she has a JUNO nomination (in 2012, for the superb Two Kites) to prove it. She comes up with another winning effort in her third album Like A Circle In A Spiral, a title taken from the lyrics of “Windmills Of Your Mind”, an album highlight. We love her take on Ron Sexsmith’s “Jazz at the Bookstore“, while her originals are equally impressive. Lindzon launched the disc at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro this week, and has upcoming Toronto shows at The Rex (May 18, in the Rhythm and Jews concert) and Home Smith Jazz Bar (May 22).”
Thanks also to Sarah Greene and Now Magazine for the review and for recommending our CD Release concert at the Jazz Bistro.
Juno-nominated pianist and vocalist Fern Lindzon takes an unusually eclectic, international approach to jazz. On her third album, Lindzon samples from Israeli and Yiddish songs as well as jazz classics and contemporary Canadiana. (Album opener Jazz At The Bookstore, by Ron Sexsmith, arranged by Lindzon and producer/bassist George Koller, is a natural fit.)
The ensemble, which includes drummer Nick Fraser and Michael Davidson on vibraphone, paints a whimsical, often slow backdrop for Lindzon’s exploratory vocals, but the music isn’t without tension: the title track mimics a spinning mind, and the songs often sound imploring or intentionally cluttered.
That tension is released on danceable Shashado/Loro – based on Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti’s Loro – which features lots of Bill McBirnie’s flute playing, and on fluttery, light and brief album kicker This Little Love.”
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