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Raul da Gama

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TMR Senior Writer. Based in Milton, Ontario, Canada. Raul is a musician and an accomplished writer whose profound analysis is reinforced by his deep understanding of music, technically as well as historically.
Allison Au: Lithe, Elegant and Swinging Anew

Allison Au: Lithe and Elegant, and Swinging Anew

By all accounts 2017 was a stellar year for the composer and alto saxophonist, Allison Au. The ethereally beautiful second album Forest Grove that...
Deanne Matley: Because I Loved

Deanne Matley: Because I Loved

This young Calgary-based vocalist, Deanne Matley confirms a growing reputation. The voice itself is light and limpid, though not without metal, Miss Matley is...
Amos Hoffman Noam Lemish: Pardes

Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish: Pardes

It is not common in Judeo-Christian and Islamic cultures for the sacred and the secular to come together. This is why among the Hebrew...
Living Fossil: Never Die

Living Fossil: Never Die

The only whimsy that you will find on Never Die is that of the name of the ensemble that makes this music, Living Fossil....
Les Poules à Colin: Morose

Les Poules à Colin: Morose

The good fortune of the musicians of Les Poules à Colin – all but one from Joliette, in Quebec – who met at Université...
Chris Platt Trio - Sky Glow

Chris Platt Trio: Sky Glow

The first thing that will strike the listener about Sky Glow by the Chris Platt Trio is the absolutely pure sound of Mr. Platt’s...
Justin Gray & Synthesis - New Horizons

Justin Gray & Synthesis: New Horizons

It does not take long to grasp the enormity of achievement on the part of Justin Gray as heard on New Horizons a record...
Emmet Cohen feat Ron Carter

Emmet Cohen: Featuring Ron Carter and Evan Sherman

The Oxford English Dictionary describes master relating to the art of music as being “a great artist or musician” as in, for example, (to)...
Adrean Farrugia, Joel Frahm - Blued Dharma

Adrean Farrugia & Joel Frahm: Blued Dharma

The relationship between pianist Adrean Farrugia and saxophonist Joel Frahm was fostered during their nine-year association with drummer and bandleader Ernesto Cervini which matured...
The Heavyweights Brass Band - This City

The Heavyweights Brass Band: This City

The young, peripatetic trombonist Chris Butcher divides his time between Toronto and New Orleans. By a stroke of good fortune (his mother is American...

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