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MP3 Extreme Flute (Bill McBirnie) - Scratch It!

This is a flute tour de force covering an enormous range of styles from salsa on "Crescent Wrench" to impressionism on "Free Diving", complete with a host of idioms in between including be-bop on "I''m Confessin''" and hip-hop on "Scratch It".

13 MP3 Songs in this album (62:16) !
Related styles: LATIN: Latin Jazz, JAZZ: Bossa Nova

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About the CD:

Bill is well known as one of Canada''s finest jazz flutists. However, this production reflects a breadth of ability and a proficiency in performance that cannot be gleaned from any of his previously recorded works. This entirely self-produced CD will undoubtedly re-establish him as a flutist of both consummate and comprehensive skill. Most listeners will likely have never heard the instrument played in an improvisatory context with such flair and conviction.

On all levels, musical and technical, the quality of Bill''s playing is striking as it runs the gamut from sensuous to funky to dazzling. Both the breadth of the material and the exceptional calibre of his performance yield a result that can be quite fittingly characterized as...EXTREME FLUTE.

A Brief Biography:

Bill McBirnie is a jazz and Latin flute specialist based in Toronto, Ontario. He has studied with distinguished Canadian flutist and composer, Robert Aitken, as well as Cuban charanga legend, Richard Egues. Bill is known for his superior technique on the entire family of flutes (from bass flute to piccolo). He is also recognized as an accomplished improviser, notably in the bebop, swing and Latin idioms as illustrated by his recordings as a sideman with Junior Mance, Irakere, Memo Acevedo and Cache. He has produced two of his own Extreme Flute projects and a more recent straight-ahead acoustic jazz recording under his own name featuring The Mark Eisenman Trio entitled, "Nature Boy" (now enjoying air play on Bob Parlocha''s syndicated US jazz show). Bill has also been chosen Flutist of the Year by the Jazz Report Awards, nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards as well as being declared a winner of the U.S.A. National Flute Association''s triennial Jazz Flute Masterclass Competition.

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