Anyone who attended this summer’s Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival would have had the opportunity of seeing one of Canada’s emerging jazz stars perform. Toronto composer/pianist Adrean Farrugia appeared with his own band before backing headliner Matt Dusk.
Those who missed Farrugia can pick up his latest album Ricochet. The seven original tracks and one cover, featuring some of Toronto’s hottest young jazz musicians, advance Farrugia’s journey into the fusion of jazz, pop, classical and world music. As a composer, Farrugia’s tastes are informed and catholic – for example, the cello in Meadowlark (for Sophia) is terrific. As a pianist, he retains a lyrical sensitivity reminiscent of Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett without surrendering individuality.
The Guelph Mercury ( September 2010) – Terry GillespieBuy Ricochet!