Ray Montford’s long awaited concert album, Live Imagery, delivers the promise of his wonderful, intuitively creative and experimental guitar mastery. Literally writing with his fingers, as he plays in an improvisatory folk and world, jazz and pop, and ultimately brilliant and uncategorizable style, Ray performs for over an hour with percussion virtuoso Rob Greenway, and amazing all-over-the-neck bassist Ian de Souza, LIVE! There are also guest performances by Monica Federigo, cello, and Mary Hanson on keyboards.
“This best-selling Audio Ideas Recordings CD has just been re-issued in a Signature edition of individual master replica CDs, all quality checked on a professional error clock, & signed and numbered by producer Andrew Marshall. The tests are varied, including frequency response, subwoofer setup and tuning tones, and matrix surround location tests for Dolby Pro Logic, SQ, and other surround decoder modes…”
“Boyd McDonald plays a piano that might have been used by Brahms or his contemporaries to give a truly authentic flavour to the music. Brahms’s piano music, and his chamber music in general, are largely undiscovered treasures of romantic expression, lovely and listenable to even those who are not great classical music fans. The recording, engineered by Clive Allen, is state-of-the-art, with an intimacy and clarity that bring the music into your listening room, making any audio system simply sound better. It’s a recording that’s not just for audiophiles, but for lovers of memorable music…”
“Ray Montford’s new Album, Many Roads, is more than just roads or paths, or other excursions. It’s about musical styles, explorations in time and rhythm and sound colour; it’s a continuum of related but very different styles, from Link Wray electric guitar to gentle finger-picked acoustic guitar, with a lot of sonic and artistic stretches in between…”
“During the summer of 1998, Audio Ideas Recordings had an extraordinary opportunity: the chance to make a jazz recording with a great player, and his superbly talented and creative quartet. Chuck Israels was bassist with the Bill Evans Trio in the 60s, after earning a music degree at Brandeis University. However, after six years of gigs and recording, he tired of the insecurity and travel, ending up in recent years as a professor of music (specifically, jazz) at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, just south of Vancouver. Chuck is also an AIG reader….”
“Audio Ideas Recordings announces the release of Restoration, a spectacular new album of contemporary instrumental music by Toronto composer John Gladwell. John’s 2nd CD brings his new and gorgeous MIDI orchestral voicings to life with guest appearances by violinist Mark Fewer and clarinetist Peter Stoll. John has extended Open Passage from his first CD into a full Clarinet Concerto, and there are 8 other great tunes, too, all composed by John to give Restoration to your spirit….”
NOMINATED FOR A JUNO AWARD!
(Classical Music, small ensemble category 1995)
“Highly individual …compelling …something to celebrate.”
“I was deeply moved by your Debussy Preludes CDs. Both the sonic and artistic achievement are beyond description. …Your CDs cost me one sleepless night searching for a piano recording that could match. There was none, not even from the so-called audiophile labels. …It outshines all my other Debussy collections. I’ve never heard (or seen) such rich Debussy colours except in a live performance.”
“….Extraordinarily rich and engaging, from Eleanor Daley’s haunting Requiem to Eric Robertson’s stirring Psalm 67 with its use of powerful 32-foot organ pipes. It was recorded by Andrew Marshall using his new Omnispheric technique, which achieves an enveloping sense of space with only a pair of omnidirectional microphones, while preserving a sharply focused and deep soundstage….”
“The Sadler Selection is over an hour of organ music designed to show off the colours and powers of this wonderful organ in Andrew Marshall’s new NaturalMatrix surround sound recording technology. The music ranges from chorale preludes by Bach and Brahms to great but lesser-known organ pieces by Purcell, Elgar, Widor, Karg-Elert, and others, to seldom-heard pieces for concert hall and theatre organ by such composers as Lefebure-Wely, Nevin, and Severac….”