Canadian Jazz Quartet:
Just Friends
Cover art: CJQ


CRST CD133

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1.

Soon (George and Ira Gershwin) 6:12

2. Blue Bossa (Kenny Dorham) 3:58
3. C Jam Blues (Duke Ellington) 5:03
4. Just Friends (Sam Lewis, John Klenner) 3:53
5. Memories of You (Eubie Blake, Andy Razaf) 5:18
6. Know It All (João Donato) 4:18
7. Where Are You (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson) 2:25
8. Time After Time (Sammy Cahn, Jule Stein) 4:27
9. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein) 6:31
10. Joy Spring (Clifford Brown) 4:49
11. Embraceable You (George and Ira Gershwin) 7:24
12. My Romance (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) 6:40
13. Have You Met Miss Jones (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) ) 6:46

 

Gary Benson (guitar)

Frank Wright (vibes)

Duncan Hopkins (bass)

Don Vickery (drums)

with special guests:
Alastair Kay (Trombone)
Bill McBirnie (Flute)
Mike Murley (Saxophone)

The Canadian Jazz Quartet plays mainstream jazz with a swinging and graceful treatment of standards and original material. Well known in the Toronto jazz scene, in the clubs, festivals and on the concert stage the CJQ has produced a high standard of excellence in jazz for more than a decade.

"If I'm lying on a beach, I'm reading, dozing, or pondering, and the laid-back Canadian Jazz Quartet: Just Friends – an album of recognizable jazz and show tunes such as "Embraceable You," "Time After Time" and "Joy Spring" – is good accompaniment for all. The combination of guest flautist (Bill McBirnie) and vibes (Frank Wright) gives buoyancy to the traditional small combo, rounded out by bassist Duncan Hopkins, guitarist Gary Benson and drummer Don Vickery. The band of vets ... ably cover swing, ballads, blues and bossa nova on this disc"

Ashante Infantry
Toronto Star