“Without question, one of the most gifted guitarists of his generation.”
Tim Ries - Rolling Stones Saxophonist
Hailed as “sophisticated and accomplished” (The Toronto Star), “genius” (La Presse, Montréal) , "the hottest young player around" (the Calgary Jazz Association) and “the next big thing in the jazz world” (CityTV news), guitarist and composer Alex Goodman has established himself as a major force on the Canadian jazz scene. He has released three albums as a leader, of which his most recent, “Bridges” reached #1 on the national Chartattack and !Earshot jazz charts. Prior to that, his second CD “Convergence” was voted as one of the top ten jazz records of 2010 (!Earshot). He has toured extensively and has performed at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Massey Hall and the CBC’s Glenn Gould studio.
Upon completing his Bachelor of Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto he was honored as the first jazz musician to have been awarded the William and Phyllis Waters Graduating Award for the “student deemed to have the greatest potential to make an important contribution to the field of music.” Alex has also been honored with over a dozen national music awards including the Domenic Troiano Guitar Scholarship, the Archie Alleyne Award and recognition as a CBC “rising star.” His music can regularly be heard on CBC, Galaxie jazz and Jazz.FM.
Alex is also an accomplished composer with over 100 compositions in his portfolio and two award winning film scores. The first, “Goodbye Rosebud” won the William Marshall award and the second “Reality Check” was aired nationally on Global Television. Alex has performed with international jazz stars such as Tim Ries and Ron Westray of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as well as Maria Schneider and Jon Patitiucci while a student at U of T. Within Canada he has also played with many of Canada’s biggest jazz stars including Jane Bunnett, Richard Underhill and Terry Clarke.
"Bridges" was released on a cross-Canadian tour with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. The quintet performed at jazz festivals and clubs throughout the country and was a finalist in the Grand Prix de Jazz Competition at the 2011 Montreal Jazz Festival. The group plays modern jazz that incorporates classical textures, contrapuntal writing, Baroque vocabulary, Impressionism and 20th century composition. They perform the music of Alex Goodman as well as arrangements of classical pieces by composers such as Bartok and Chopin.
Bridges was created with the generous support of FACTOR and the Ontario Arts Council.
The band is:
ALEX GOODMAN - GUITAR/COMPOSITION
NICK MORGAN - SAXOPHONES, WOODWINDS
D'ARCY MYRONUK - PIANO, RHODES
MAX ROACH - DRUMS
DAN FORTIN - BASS
“Definitely one of the best contemporary jazz albums I’ve heard in awhile”
“Indigo” Mike - CBC radio
“...a credit to Goodman’s writing and to his only slightly older bandmates’ abilities that they can get such this track and the CD’s other diverse construction to flow and cohere so well...Bridges can feel at times like higher-order, straight-eighths chamber music... the substantial but streamlined, forward-moving and personal music on Bridges works. Thanks to Goodman’s erudition and passion, and to the keen understanding and playing of his bandmates, the disc definitely works.”
Peter Hum - The Ottawa Citizen
"Délicatement composée et orchestrée, interprétée avec fougue et grâce, la musique du guitariste prodige torontois jette effectivement un pont entre jazz et classique dans un climat proche de la musique de chambre. Cela s’explique entre autres par la remarquable cohésion entre le leader et ses complices...et par la maîtrise des deux idiomes dont ces jeunes loups érudits font systématiquement preuve. Cela dit, aussi soignés soient les arrangements, le véritable intérêt ici tient néanmoins à l’inventivité des improvisations qui placent Alex Goodman dans la lignée d’un Kurt Rosenwinkel."
[English translation] Delicately composed and orchestrated, interpreted with enthusiasm and grace, the music of the young prodigious Torontonian guitarist Alex Goodman effectively builds a bridge between jazz and classical in a similar manner to chamber music. This is explained amongst other things by the remarkable cohesion between the leader and his band mates...and by the mastery of the two idioms that these young lions have proved themselves with. The arrangements are of real interest while the inventive improvisations place Alex Goodman in the line of a Kurt Rosenwinkel.
Stanley Péan - Voir
“With Bridges, Alex Goodman and crew have firmly planted their feet into the realm of top-notch modern jazz. Goodman has developed a unique compositional style...combined with his and his band's excellent musicianship has created one heck of a record.”
Matt Fong - Spontaneous Combustion Magazine
"Ses talents remarquables pour la guitare et la composition lui confèrent une place parmi l'élite des artistes jazz émergents canadiens... Un petit génie?"
[English translation] His remarkable guitar and compositional talents have won him a place among the elite emerging artists of Canadian jazz... We may have a genius on our hands...
Bridges reached #1 on the Chartattack national jazz chart!
Bridges reached #1 on the !Earshot national jazz chart!