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Street Culture is Paul Tobey's first American release and debut for the Arkadia Jazz label. Its nine compositions present the pianist's talents within a solid framework of bebop stylings that represent his complete digression from the classical idiom. The profound spiritual dimensions in his life are brought forth on "A Conversation With Ibach," a tune inspired by his purchase of a rare Ibach piano and clearly heard on the blues- and gospel-inflected "Settlin' In." Tobey is joined by Jim Vivian on bass, Terry Clarke on drums, and Mike Murley on tenor sax, and this quartet is filled with not only boundless energy, but with the ability to play the quiet sentiment and rhythmic language that allows their listeners to connect to the remarkably detailed imagery Tobey has composed and is improvising. Beautiful melodies and a lyrical approach to the compositions are elements that also make Tobey's music interesting and should garner him loyal fans.


Born: 07 September 1962

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of Canada's most successful jazz pianists, Paul Tobey (born September 7, 1962) began performing early in the church where his father was minister. Tobey studied classical music from age eight, but it was not until he entered community college that he encountered straight-ahead jazz. It was after seeing legendary pianist Oscar Peterson perform that Tobey decided to study jazz, first earning his diploma at Mohawk College in Hamilton in 1981 and getting his BFA in 1984 from Montreal's Concordia...
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