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THE JODI PROZNICK QUARTER

Foundations

2008-02-23

Bassist Jodi Proznik has been hiding out in the dark corners of jazz clubs in Canada for many years now. She’s backed countless bands and won several awards, including the 2007 Bassist of the Year in the Canadian National Jazz Awards. “Foundations” is her first foray into a leadership role, heading Tilden Webb on the piano, Steve Kaldestad on tenor sax and Jesse Cahill on drums. Proznik’s bass stands out as the showcase of this album. A lot of jazz bass gets lost on the background, but not here. Her abilities as a composer shine as well, however, her interpretation of Joni Mitchell’s “Help Me” is the highpoint of the album. “Foundations” features a mix of Proznik originals, like “Duke of York” written for a 27-pound pet cat and “Must be Rain,” an homage to the Pacific Northwest. Other highlights include Peter Gabriel’s “Washing of the Water.” A nice album to have on in the background. Very pleasant. -- Daniel J. Graeber

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