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Album Review

Drummer Barry Elmes' only recording as a leader for the Unity label reveals him to be a strong composer interested in simple melodies and unusual meters. The highlight of the recording is the five-part "1990 Suite," which accounts for half of the album's running time. The three tracks with Wallace and Bickert mark a stylistic detour, moving into more swinging, bluesy material, and although enjoyable, detract from the album's focus. Recommended nonetheless, this was nominated for a Juno Award.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Drummer Barry Elmes has been a fixture on the Toronto jazz scene since the early 1980's. As a leader, his playing displays an interest in bop and pre-bop schools of drumming. His work as a sideman though, recording with artists as diverse as Kenny Wheeler and Dizzy Gillespie, proves him to be an accomplished drummer in many musical styles. Since moving to Toronto in 1973, Elmes has performed and recorded with, amongst others, Tommy Flanagan, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, Don Thompson, Ed Bickert,...
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