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First Listen: Pete McCann - Range

Guitarist Pete McCann was born in Wisconsin but has made New York City his home for many years now, just releasing his fifth solo album called Range.

First Listen: The Cookers Quintet - Volume Two

The Cookers Quintet are a Toronto-based group with a sound firmly rooted in the ‘50s and ‘60s hard bop movement. Their name is inspired by the 1965 Blue Note recording “Night Of The Cookers," featuring Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan.

This is their second release called simply Vol.2 and this time features 3 vocal tunes w/ Leron Thomas/Johnny O’Neal/Dawn Pemberton.

First Listen: Randy Brecker - Randy Pop

Beginning in the 60s, Randy Brecker distinguished himself as a first-call studio musician who could play any music a producer or artist needed, and on his new recording Randy Pop he re-visits some of the tunes he played on during his career. James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Donald Fagen.

First Listen: Morgan Childs - On the Street of Dreams

Morgan Childs

Drummer Morgan Childs is from Invermere, British Columbia, and spent 10 years playing on the west coast before moving to Toronto, where he now performs, records and teaches.

First Listen: Alexis Baro - Reencuentro

Today’s First Listen come to us from one of the most dynamic musicians in Toronto. It’s Guilty Pleasure, the new album from trumpeter and composer Alexis Baro.

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