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Live at the Jack Lyons Concert Hall

by Paul Aitken

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Recorded in England in the summer of 1998, this CD marks the debut live performance of some of my original compositions. Using the acoustic guitar exclusively, the compositions take on a folk/world music sound. Augmenting the core guitar-bass-drums trio with violin and voice certainly takes the material out of the realm of traditional jazz. The listener is treated to a music heavy on improvisation, with moments of organization spread throughout. There are two solo pieces (one almost completely improvised), some hard-driving trio numbers, and a few more contemplative pieces with violin and voice added.

Thanks to…the fine musicians who played with me at this concert, all the English (you know who you are) for a wonderful year! Mum and Dad for coming all that way, Peter Grove, Theo Schachter, Jason Hochstenbach, Michael Tamasi, Michael Conway, Bryan Dochstader, Bryan Postlethwaite, Andy Nunn, Courtenay Ennis, Gaby Zezulka-Mailloux, Ben Kaplan, Liberation Symphony, The Bitter Blue, members past and present of Fly Fantastic, Brad Vanderzanden at SOCAN, Francis Newton for technical support, and to whoever put the tape in the machine to record this concert.

Don Ross, Michael Hedges, Ralph Towner, Pierre Bensusan, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, and John McLaughlin, each of whose music had a direct impact on the music for this concert.

Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Michel Cusson, Courtney Pine, Lorne Lofsky, Carlos Santana, Bruce Hornsby, Phish, Dave Matthews, Stevie Wonder, both James Taylors, Jimi Hendrix, and Dimitri Shostakovich, each of whose music continuously inspires me. Finally, to you for listening to this music.


released September 1, 1998

Paul Aitken - acoustic guitar
Oliver Wilson-Dickson - violin
Jamie Trowell - drums
John Richards - bass
Jen Ord - vocals

Cover drawing by Paul Aitken
Inside photographs by David Aitken
Outside photographs by Paul Aitken
Designed by Paul Aitken and Peter Grove
Recorded by ?
Mastered by Michael Tamasi, Peter Grove, Paul Aitken


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Paul Aitken London, Ontario

I'm a guitarist based in London, Ontario, Canada. I'm available for live work, recording sessions, creative consultations, and private lessons.

I play with Broomsticks & Hammers, Kevin's Bacon Train, Marty Kolls, Kevin Greene & the Awesome Sauce, and others.

BFA, Jazz Performance/Musicology (York)

MA, Music Criticism (McMaster)

PhD, Communications and Media Studies (Leeds).
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