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The Bill McBirnie Quartet at the Old Mill (Toronto) on April 8th

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Take this rare opportunity both to see and to hear The Bill McBirnie Quartet featuring highlights from Bill's new and highly-acclaimed album, Mercy, in what is a genuinely relaxed and enjoyable setting. Bill's quartet will consist of: - Bill McBirnie (flute), David Restivo (piano), Pat Collins (bass), John Sumner (drums).

The time and venue are as follows:
Thursday, April 8th
7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The Old Mill - Dining Room
Reservations (recommended) online at oldmilltoronto.com/tickets or call 416-207-2020
Plenty of free parking

Praise for Mercy

“[Mercy] offers a dozen-track, dazzling display of technique, dynamic range and stunning musicality...This is not neo-jazz comfort food but rather a feast of elegantly executed ideas with a live concert vibe...Add quick-witted interplay, adventurous flow, bluster and sophistication and this disc is a keeper." --GEOFF CHAPMAN, WholeNote Magazine

“I have been listening to your record, non-stop, for the past two days and I can only say, it is AMAZING...Fantastic!..." SIR JAMES GALWAY (December 2009)

“Clean, pure, bebop flute. Played with disgusting control and shameless ease. You are a bad boy! And then Robi Botos. That guy is a killer!" --HENDRIK MEURKENS (December 2009)

“A diverse selection of sparkling contemporary jazz that commands serious attention...An amazing performance..." --EDWARD BLANCO, All About Jazz

“McBirnie's explorations are luminous as he makes each note glow...the shades and the contrasts as transparent as the emotion and the verve...So, with each track carving its own beguiling niche, the music is, to put it quite simply, awesome!" --JERRY D'SOUZA, All About Jazz

“This new album of Bill's demonstrates that the flute is in the hands of a virtuoso who, beyond any doubt, is able to perform in virtually any style...and it is no accident that the cover of the album itself underscores the contribution of pianist, Robi Botos. The role and impact that this bright young pianist brings to the entire project cannot be overstated. His style and technique is unmistakably reminiscent of the unforgettable Oscar Peterson, so the duos - with just Robi and Bill - are, for me, highlights of the album." --LEONID AUSKERN, Jazz Quad, Russia

“McBirnie is the record's hero. In an unassuming manner, he has recast the way the flute is played. His breathing is easy and sustained and his control is complete. Moreover, he is genuinely one of the most creative flutists...Mercy is a record that flows in gorgeous rivers of sound and one which defines how the modern flute can be played. --RAUL D'GAMA ROSE, All About Jazz

“Bill McBirnie's new recording, Mercy, has been receiving impressive reviews. I have long regarded Bill as the finest flautist in Canada and his recent CD simply confirms my opinion. Whatever groove he decides to play in, it's perfection. A true technician and master of his instrument." --DAVE MILBOURNE, Toronto Jazz

“There are both hard swinging and tender moments with alternate stops in between in this varied program...A gale force wind from the Great White North..." --IRA GITLER

“Mercy, is a true gem...It is mostly McBirnie who takes a stellar turn throughout sharing the spotlight with Robi Botos who is also flawless." --RAUL D'GAMA ROSE, All About Jazz

“The diversity in styles, from trad jazz to Latin, does not in any way affect the unity of the recording's theme but creates a unique multifaceted whole thanks to McBirnie's versatility and superlative musicianship...McBirnie swings hard during the up-tempo pieces and shows remarkable sensitivity without losing the creative edge during the duets and ballads with Botos." --HRAYR ATTARIAN, All About Jazz

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