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November 26, 2005

Canadian Jazz Club Features Bill Mays Trio

Written by
cindy mcleod

Bill Mays
Photo: Judy Kirtley

If you are in Toronto tonight, stop by the Montreal Bistro and Jazz Club to hear the Bill Mays Trio, it’s their last of four consecutive nights at the famous jazz venue.

Mays is a pianist of epic proportions, and is known for his composition and arranging talents as well as his delicate lyricism and virtuosic technique. For this appearance he shares the stage with Canadian masters bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Terry Clarke. The three recently unveiled their latest recording Bicks Bag, recorded live at the august club. Swainson is a long time member of the Moe Koffman Quintet and as George Shearing’s bassist of choice, and Clarke is a first-call drummer in high demand in both Toronto and New York.

The CD is a must-have for any jazz lover, and features rock-solid performances by each member of the trio. It showcases a collection of compositions ranging from bop to pop, penned by such greats as Bud Powell, Coleman Hawkins, Paul Simon, and one of May�s originals. Opening with the title track, Bick’s Bag,a gospel-funk tribute to Bill’s former partner Ed Bickert, it moves through to the sensitive Laura, the contemplative Paradigm, and hard-driving Hallucinationsamong the eight tracks.

This is a rare opportunity to hear these three fine musicians in a comfortable jazz club setting and to pick up a brand new jazz CD of jazz masters for your collection. I wish Calgary wasn’t so far away!

for more information visit www.billmays.net

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