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First Listen: Dave Restivo/Reg Schwager - Morning People

Every Friday, Brad Barker goes through the pile of CD’s on his desk and his hard drive to find a brand new song to play for you. It’s called your “First Listen.”

Recorded in December of last year at number 9 studios, Arctic Passage brings Reg Schwager and Dave Restivo together for an exploration  of guitar and piano.  As Reg writes in the liner notes, “When I first started attending jazz workshops, the rule was strict and unbending, the guitar and piano don’t play together.  They take turns.

First Listen: Alex Pangman - I’m confessin

Every Friday, Brad Barker goes through the pile of CD’s on his desk and his hard drive to find a brand new song to play for you.  It’s called your “First Listen”

Armed with a collection of vintage swing, some originals and a healthy sweet dose of the blues, Alex Pangman is about to release Have A Little Fun.  Songs about the human condition.  Love, loss, yearning, deception, forgiveness and confusion, Have A Little Fun is the title for a reason.  Live in the moment is her mantra.

First Listen: Phil Dwyer/Don Thompson - How About You

Every Friday, Brad Barker goes through the pile of CD’s on his desk and his hard drive to find a brand new song to play for you.  It’s called your “First Listen.”

This week's track comes to us from two of Canada’s best, Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson.  A unique meeting of creative minds cementing a life long friendship of music.  Their first duo recording (tenor and piano) called Look for the Silver Lining.

First Listen: Madeleine Peyroux - Changing All Those Changes

Every Friday, Brad Barker goes through the pile of CD’s on his desk and his hard drive to find a brand new song to play for you.  It’s called your “First Listen.”

Her fathers record collection included an inspired selection of music from  New Orleans.  She grew up embracing Bessie smith and Billie Holiday.  She once said, “ Jazz really does try to include everything.  It’s always been popular music.  But the wonderful thing about jazz is its willingness to take chances”  And once again Madeleine Peyroux has taken some chances.

First Listen: Jamie Cullum - Love For Sale

Every Friday, Brad Barker goes through the pile of CD’s on his desk and his hard drive to find a brand new song to play for you.  It’s called your “First Listen.”

Details of Jamie Cullum’s new album are slowly unfolding.  A week or so ago, Cullum released a rather dark and compelling video/short film to youtube and his website staring Larry Lamb from The East Enders as a rather stoic salesman of hearts, real hearts.

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