New CD and digital release Oct. 1, 2021: TIME WARP - Down to Earth 

This is TIME WARP’s long lost 1985 third recording featuring the original trio (Bob Brough/tenor sax, Al Henderson/bass, Barry Elmes/drums) now expanded to a quartet with the addition of saxophonist Mike Murley. A landmark recording that showcases the quartet’s powerful 'two tenor' sound and ten new compositions (five each by co-leaders Elmes and Henderson), it was originally made available in 1985 only as a 'cassette' to fans at gigs (although a decade later a few tunes appeared on CD105-2 The Time Warp Collection). Now, more than thirty-five years later, the original multi-track tapes have been found, restored, re-mixed and re-mastered, and the full program finally released digitally for the first time. 

“Stunningly original compositions…music that is solidly rooted in the hard bop idiom of Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk. This is a serious jazz band with consistently high artistic standards that also shows a highly developed sense of humour in its compositions.”
     (John Reid) 

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New CD: Jim Vivian – Sometime Ago
featuring John Abercrombie


Sometime Ago is a new release on Cornerstone Records by Canadian bassist Jim Vivian. It features the great John Abercrombie on guitar, Ian Froman on drums, and Mike Murley on saxophone (on 3 of 8 tracks).

This recording was in the planning stage for at least a dozen years but was not realized until November 2016 following a few nights of performance at the Jazz Bistro in Toronto. It was recorded in a single Sunday afternoon with minimal studio interference; all the trio tracks are first and only takes with no editing.

Sadly, John passed away in August 2017 before the release of this recording.

There will be a three-night performance of this music in appreciation of the legacy of the late John Abercrombie. Each night features one of Canada’s top jazz guitarists.

WHEN: May 10-12 (Thurs-Sat), 2018:
WHERE: The Jazz Bistro, Toronto, Ontario

Mike Murley - saxophone
Jim Vivian - bass
Ian Froman – drums


May 10 (Thurs) - Ted Quinlan - guitar
May 11 (Fri) - Rob Piltch - guitar
May 12 (Sat) - Reg Schwager - guitar


CD Release Thursday, Oct12-14, 2017:
Barry Elmes Quintet: Dog's Breakfast

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Cornerstone Records Inc. proudly presents Dog’s Breakfast, the long awaited 6th CD by the award-winning Barry Elmes Quintet, featuring a who’s who of the best jazz artists from Canada:

Mike Murley – tenor saxophone | Brian O’Kane | trumpet, flugelhorn | Lorne Lofsky – guitar | Steve Wallace – bass | Barry Elmes – drums

Dog’s Breakfast showcases 5 new compositions by Elmes plus 4 new arrangements of rarely heard jazz gems.

The 3-night CD release celebration will feature performances at:

The Rex Jazz Bar, Toronto
Thursday and Friday, October 12-13, 2017, 9:30 pm
The Jazz Room, Waterloo
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8:30 pm

For more info about Dog's Breakfast, visit


CD Release Sunday June 11, 2017:
Edification - Tribute to Ed Bickert

Photo: Murley, Bickert & WallaceFeaturing:
Reg Schwager Trio: Neil Swainson, Terry Clarke
Rob Piltch Trio: David Piltch/Neil Swainson, Davide DiRenzo
Lorne Lofsky Trio: Kieran Overs, Barry Elmes

The Ed Bickert tribute recording honours the immeasurable contribution that Ed has made to music in Canada. Ed appeared on the world stage with Paul Desmond and Milt Jackson, and was an integral member of the Boss Brass and the Moe Koffman Quintet. As a leader, he won two Junos and was named to the Order of Canada in 1996. Ed Bickert retired from playing in the early 2000s, but continues to have an enduring influence on jazz musicians in Canada and beyond. This project clearly illustrates the affection and respect he has earned.

Edification is produced by João Carvalho and Al Gorman with contributions from all the musicians, Revolution Studio, the Rotary Club of Scarborough and the Twelfth Fret. No one associated with the CD has profited personally; everyone donated their time as a token of the gratitude they have for the body of Ed Bickert’s work. All the funds from this recording are going to the MS Society of Canada, as per Ed’s wishes, to support their efforts in fighting the disease that took his beloved wife, Madeline.

The CD release celebration and performance featuring all three trios will take place at Hugh's Room in Toronto ( 2261 Dundas St W.) on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 8pm.

This event is presented by JPEC in cooperation with Forward Motion Music and João Carvalho Mastering, all proceeds will go to the MS Society of Canada.

“Ship Without a Sail” CD release at the Jazz Bistro Thurs, May 12

Cornerstone Records proudly presents “Ship Without a Sail, a new trio recording from saxophonist Mike Murley featuring bassist Steve Wallace and guitarist Reg Schwager.

A follow up to the 2014 release “Looking Back, this new CD continues to present mainstream chamber jazz at its best. Always swinging and lyrical, the trio represents a link to the Toronto jazz tradition shaped by legendary artists such as Ed Bickert (guitarist on the first two Murley trio recordings, both Juno Award winners), Guido Basso, Rick Wilkins and the late Rob McConnell.

The CD release celebration and performance by the Mike Murley Trio will take place at the Jazz Bistro in Toronto (251 Victoria Street) on Thursday, May 12 at 9pm.

Cornerstone Welcomes Don Thompson

photo: Murley trio"Some Other Spring" is the first recording in many years to feature multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson exclusively on the vibraphone.
Reg Schwager and Neil Swainson, two of Canada’s preeminent musicians, join Don on this session. The trio performs 10 tunes (6 jazz standards and 4 original compositions by Don or Neil).
Some Other Spring is dedicated to the late Peter Appleyard who was a great friend to all three musicians.

The CD release celebration and performance will take place in Toronto at :
The Home Smith Jazz Bar,
21 Old Mill Road,
Saturday, November 8, 2014 | 7:30–10:30 pm
For more information, click here.

Mike Murley Introduces New Trio To Cornerstone Fold

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"Looking Back”, a new trio album from saxophonist Mike Murley, continues in the tradition of his two Juno award winning recordings featuring bassist Steve Wallace and guitarist Ed Bickert. Reg Schwager has replaced the now retired Bickert and brings his own subtle yet potent style to the music without radically changing the sound of the group. Always swinging and lyrical, this is mainstream chamber jazz at its best.

The CD release celebration and performance will take place in Toronto at :
the Jazz Bistro,
251 Victoria Street,
Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.
The Mike Murley Septet will perform on May 23-24.

For more information, click here.

Cornerstone Records proudly presents Tranquility by Neil Swainson & Don Thompson

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Tranquility, the long-awaited new CD recording features Canadian jazz icons bassist/composer Neil Swainson and multi instrumentalist and composer Don Thompson. While Neil and Don have performed and recorded together countless times with a long list of legendary jazz artists, Tranquility represents their debut recording as a bass-piano duo. Tranquility features 9 songs: one new composition by Neil plus eight others penned by a range of jazz composers including Charlie Parker, Bill Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Henry Mancini, Jerome Kern, Victor Feldman and others.

The CD release celebration and performance will take place in Toronto at :
the Jazz Bistro,
251 Victoria Street,
January 9,10,11, 2014 starting each night at 9:00 p.m.

For more information, click here.

Barry Elmes releases new quartet CD Happy Hour at the Rex Jazz Bar

Photo: Elmes Quartet

Happy Hour (CRST CD 142) features the new Barry Elmes Quartet bringing together four outstanding Canadian jazz musicians to perform swinging arrangements of jazz standards:

Barry Elmes – drums
Perry White – tenor sax
Vanessa Rodrigues – Hammond B-3 organ
Reg Schwager – guitar

The CD release celebration will take place at:
The Rex Jazz Bar
194 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12, 2013
9:30 pm -12:30 am.

Image_coasterBONUS: Receive a set of 4 “Happy Hour” jazz coasters FREE with every CD purchase (at the REX and online, while supplies last).

Don Vickery Trio Releases New Alone Together CD

Photo: Murley, Bickert & WallaceAfter more than five decades as a prominent member of the Canadian jazz scene, veteran drummer Don Vickery has released his debut CD, Alone Together, in hard-swinging collaboration with two of the genre’s most important players: piano giant Mark Eisenman and legendary bassist Neil Swainson.

Since relocating to Toronto from Halifax in 1959, Don Vickery has played with a 'who's who' among the world's leading jazz performers including Ralph Sutton, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Benny Carter, Joe Williams, Jay McShann, Buddy DeFranco, The World's Greatest Jazz Band, Peter Appleyard, Art Farmer, Doc Cheatham, Zoot Sims, Doug Riley, Ed Bickert, Red Norvo, Joe Venuti, Jack Sheldon, Herb Ellis, Jimmy Witherspoon, Della Reese, Buddy Tate, Rob McConnell, Moe Koffman, Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, and Houston Person.

Murley, Bickert, and Wallace Test of Time Wins 2013 Juno Award!

Photo: Murley, Bickert & WallaceCornerstone Records is pleased to announce that our latest release CD140 Test of Time by Murley, Bickert, Wallace has won the 2013 Juno Award for Best Traditional Jazz Recording. Test of Time is the only studio recording ever made by the Murley, Bickert, Wallace Trio (the band won the Juno for Best Jazz Recording in 1997 for Live at the Senator).

Cornerstone extends congratulations to all of the Juno nominees. The Juno awards are presented by CARAS (The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences).

Coming December 7: A new Release by Murley-Bickert-Wallace!

Photo: Murley, Bickert & WallaceFormed in 1998 in by saxophonist Mike Murley, this trio’s only other release “Live at the Senator” won the 2002 Juno Award for best mainstream jazz album. Test of Time(CRST CD 138) features previously unissued material recorded in January 1999, made even more significant by the fact that it represents a new release featuring the legendary Ed Bickert (who retired from playing professionally in 2001).

The CD release celebration and performance by:

Mike Murley-saxophone,
Steve Wallace-bass,
Reg Schwager-guitar

will take place on Friday December 7 (9PM) at:
The Upper Jazz Studio, University of Toronto
90 Wellesley St. West, Toronto -

Free admission with $20 CD purchase, $10 for students
$10 admission to concert, $5 for students

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Introducing "Taiga" - A HOT New release by Al Henderson

Cornerstone Records Inc. is pleased to announce the release of Taiga (CRST CD 138), Jazz bassist and composer Al Henderson's fifth CD at Tribute Communities Recital Hall at York’s Keele campus on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 7:30 to 9pm. 

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This recording showcases ten compositions by Al and features regular quintet members Pat LaBarbera and Alex Dean (reeds), Richard Whiteman (piano), Al Henderson (bass) and Barry Romberg (drums). Taiga also documents the quintet with special guest artists; baritone saxophonist David Mott appears on three tracks while noted cellists Matt Brubeck and Mark Chambers, first heard with the septet on the Juno nominated Regeneration (CRST CD132), return for three others. Icicles, a piece inspired by the American poet Robert Pinsky gives a preview of a series of pieces inspired by Pinsky’s poems to be performed and recorded at a later date.

Click here for more inforrmation about the release concert.

logo_OAC This recording was made possible with the generous assistance of the Ontario Arts Council.


Murley's "Still Rollin'" Receives Juno Nomination

artwork: Still Rollin'Still Rollin', the debut recording of the Mike Murley Septet was honoured with a 2012 Juno nomination for Traditional Jazz Album. The recording features Mike's compositions and arrangements performed by some of Canada’s finest jazz improvisers: Mike Murley – tenor saxophone, Tara Davidson - soprano and alto saxophone, Kevin Turcotte - trumpet, Terry Promane- trombone, David Braid - piano, Jim Vivian - bass, Ted Warren - drums.

Cornerstone Records extends heartiest congrats to Murley and all of the other nominees. The Juno Award winners will be announced the week of March 26 - April 1, 2012 in Ottawa.



Barry Elmes to release new CD 'Redshift' at the Rex Jazz Bar

Cornerstone Records proudly presents REDSHIFT (CRST 137), the long-awaited new CD from the award winning Barry Elmes Quintet. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this is the group's first new release in a decade. REDSHIFT features 9 songs, including 7 new compositions by Elmes, a Wayne Shorter composition plus an arrangement of a traditional hymn.

Photo_Barry Elmes QuintetThe music is performed by the quintet's regular members, a who's who of the best jazz artists from Canada: Mike Murley - tenor saxophone, Kevin Turcotte - trumpet, flugelhorn, Reg Schwager - guitar , Steve Wallace - bass, Barry Elmes - drums , plus special guests: Kelly Jefferson - flute, tenor saxophone and Vanessa Rodrigues - Hammond organ.

image_logoThe CD release celebration and performance will take place at the Rex Jazz Bar in Toronto on Thursday and Friday, March 10-11, 2011 at 9:30 p.m.


Canadian Jazz Quartet to premiere new 'Brazilian Reflections' CD in a live-to-air broadcast on JAZZ.FM91

…public celebration of ‘Brazilian Reflections’ CD release to follow on Friday, February 18 at Quotes Bar & Grill in downtown Toronto…

The Canadian Jazz Quartet will debut their latest CD release, Brazilian Reflections (CRST CD 136), on Thursday, February 17 (7:00 to 8:00 p.m.) in an hour-long live-to-air broadcast hosted by Ross Porter on JAZZ.FM91, followed by a public launch celebration on Friday, February 18 at Quotes Bar & Grill, 220 King Street West in Toronto (5:00 to 8:00 p.m.) 

photos CJQThe live-to-air radio special at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 17 can be heard live on the air at 91.1FM, streamed online at, or listened to on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with the free JAZZ.FM91 App.

The second launch event will take place at Quotes Bar & Grill in Toronto (220 King Street West, across from Roy Thomson Hall) on Friday, February 18, 2011, with the  Canadian Jazz Quartet performing live from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. as part of the weekly "Fridays at Five" instrumental jazz series there.  Admission is free and there are no reservations.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis.


Mike Murley Septet CD Release at the Rex


Cornerstone Records proudly presents Still Rollin' (CRST CD 135) the latest CD release from multi-Juno Award winning saxophonist Mike Murley. This debut recording for Murley's septet features the saxophonist's compositions and arrangements performed by some of Canada's finest jazz improvisers. The Mike Murley Septet CD release celebration will take place at the Rex Jazz Bar (194 Queen Street West) in Toronto on Thursday, Jan 20, 2011 9:30pm -12:30am.


photo:AlexAlex Dean Quintet: At This Point

The long awaited CD "At This Point" (CRST CD 134) showcases 7 new compositions by Canadian jazz composer/saxophonist Alex Dean and features Lorne Lofsky (guitar), Kieran Overs (bass), Brian Dickinson (piano), Ted Warren (drums).


Al Henderson Septet receives Juno Nod

The Al Henderson Septet received a Juno nomination for its recently released "Regeneration" (CRST CD 132) for Best Traditional Jazz Album of the Year. The CD features original compositions by Henderson including the suite “Regeneration” (for Sachi and Raymond Moriyama).

Photo:AH Septet
photo: Al Kay

The band's unique configuration includes Henderson's regular quintet (saxophonists Alex Dean and Pat LaBarbera, pianist Richard Whiteman and drummer Barry Romberg) plus cellists Matt Brubeck and Mark Chambers.

Presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the 2010 Juno awards will be announced on April 17th and 18th in St. John's, Newfoundland.  For more information, visit


Cornerstone Has New Digs

We have moved and can now be reached at the following coordinates:
Cornerstone Records,
P.O. Box 71,
445 Main Street,
Schomberg, Ontario, Canada
L0G 1T0

Tel: 905-939-7928
Our toll free number remains unchanged at 1-877-291-3544.


Al Henderson Quintet + 2 Cellos = New CD

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Al with Raymond Moriyama
"Regeneration" (CRST CD 132), is an exciting offering by the Al Henderson Septet. This collection of new compositions by Al includes the suite Regeneration (dedicated to Sachi and Raymond Moriyama) and seven other previously unrecorded works. The recording features cellists Matt Brubeck and Mark Chambers as well as regular quintet members Al Henderson (bass), Pat LaBarbera and Alex Dean (reeds), Richard Whiteman (piano) and Barry Romberg (drums).

Cornerstone welcomes Canadian Jazz Quartet to the Fold

cjq photoCornerstone Records is pleased to add the Canadian Jazz Quartet (CJQ) to its roster of artists with the release of the eagerly awaited "Just Friends" (CRST CD133). The hard-swinging quartet features guitarist Gary Benson, vibraphonist Frank Wright, bassist Duncan Hopkins, and drummer Don Vickery.

For the past three years, the CJQ have been the featured band for the "Fridays at Five" weekly live jazz series at Quotes Bar & Grill in downtown Toronto, hosting a variety of guest headliners that has included some of the biggest names and most talented players on the jazz scene. Exemplary among them are the three jazz greats who guest with the CJQ on the new recording: trombone genius Alastair Kay playing "Memories of You", flute icon Bill McBirnie with "Blue Bossa" and consummate saxophonist Mike Murley playing the title track, "Just Friends".

presenting Richard Whiteman Trio "Live in Vancouver"

Recorded at the Cellar Jazz Club, Richard Whiteman's newest CD "Live in Vancouverr" (CRST CD131) is his fourth project on the Cornerstone label. Long known for his vast repertoire of standards and jazz anthems, Richard has been called a pianist of "arresting facility and fluidity" by the Globe and Mail. Richard's trio features two of Canada's finest young musicians: Brandi Disterheft and Sly Juhas.


Juno Award winning bassist Brandi Disterheft has drawn praise from critics and the late Oscar Peterson for her inspiring pulse and melodic solos. A busy sideman, drummer Sly Juhas is always at work providing expert support to the likes of Laila Biali, Richard Underhill and many others.

Unfettered by the constraints of the recording studio and inspired by an enthusiastic audience, the trio delivers an exciting set of jazz standards, blues and ballads.

The CD launch will officially take place at Chalker's Pub (in Toronto) on Sunday, February 22 from 7 - 10 pm.


Cornerstone goes "green"!

Cornerstone Records is reducing its ecological footprint by switching to environmentally-friendly CD packaging.

Features of the new handsome digipaks provided by Music Manufacturing Services include:

  • 100% recycled paper stock
  • bio-degradable overwrap
  • 100% recycled plastic trays (35% post consumer)
  • products printed with vegetable-based inks

"We've made a commitment to eco-friendly packaging for all our new releases" says label president Barry Elmes. "By moving away from the traditional plastic jewel cases, Cornerstone's products look and feel great... Plus they won't crack."

For more information about Music Manufacturing Services' Green CD program, visit


Mike Murley releases new CD with David Liebman

This exciting new project was recorded live in Halifax. "Day and Night"(CRST 130) brings together renowned saxophonist David Liebman (formerly with Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, and Quest) with four Canadian musicians, all of whom site Dave as one of their major musical influences. In particular saxophonist Mike Murley, co-leader on this date, studied with Liebman both at the Banff Jazz Workshop and in New York City during the 1980s and counts his former teacher as one of his most important musical mentors.

The group first came together in 2003 for a date at the Rex Jazz Bar during the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in Toronto. This resulted in a concert at the Atlantic Jazz Festival in July 2003 that was recorded for CBC radio.

Mike Murley/David Braid Quartet nominated for Juno Award

"Mnemosyne's March" (CRST 128), the debut CD by the Mike Murley/David Braid quartet, was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award for best mainstream jazz album.

The affinity between these musicians is clearly expressed in the free-spirited, unedited performances captured on the CD, recorded live at the Montreal Bistro. The album interprets six originals and one standard, with Braid and Murley contributing three originals each. Of particular note, Murley includes a suite inspired by Banff, Alberta and Braid adds a piece written for the short film, Dream Recording, as well as “Mnemosyne’s March”, a character sketch of the Greek goddess of memory.

The 2007 Juno award winner was "Avenue Standard" by Jon Ballantyne.


Cornerstone Goes iTunes.

Cornerstone Recordings are now available on iTunes. Visit the ITunes on-line store to hear 30 second samples of the entire catalogue.


A New Recording by a New Band!

Cornerstone Records proudly announces a new jazz CD release: Apparition (CRST-CD129)

Pianist/composer/bandleader Mark Eisenman recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of his renowned jazz trio. Building on the strength and musical success of this unit, Mark adds stellar horn players John Macleod and Pat Labarbera to form the new Mark Eisenman Quintet. The five band members bring a wealth of experience to this new project, having worked with many of the legends in jazz, including: Buddy Rich, Oscar Peterson, Art Farmer, Barney Kessel, Rob McConnell, Woody Herman, Zoot Sims, Jimmy Cobb, and many others.

For more information about the CD, click here.

Mike Murley/David Braid Quartet release debut CD

On Thursday, March 2, 2006, the Murley / Braid Quartet returned to the Montreal Bistro to release their highly anticipated debut CD, "Mnemosyne's March".

A collaborative effort between Mike Murley (multi-Juno Award winning saxophonist) and pianist David Braid (2005 Juno Award winner), the Murley-Braid Quartet synergizes musicians with an affinity to each other’s style developed from an extensive history of playing together in The Mike Murley Quintet, The David Braid Sextet, Mike Murley Quartet (featuring Dave Liebman), and Metalwood.

Bassist Jim Vivian and NY drummer Ian Froman complete this ensemble, which made its debut on a cross-Canada tour in Autumn 2004.

For more information about the CD, click here.

Richard Whiteman Introduces New CD & Trio

Pianist Richard Whiteman launched his new CD "All or Nothing at All" (CRST CD127) on October 13-15, 2005 at 9:00 p.m. at the Montreal Bistro. Richard's trio features bassist Brandi Disterheft and drummer Sly Juhas. The CD contains a stunning combination of standards and original compositions by Whiteman, Disterheft, as well as saxophonist Tara Davidson.

For more info about the CD, click here.

Pat Collins Launches Inaugural CD

2005 promises to be a exciting year for CORNERSTONE Records and jazz in Canada as pre-eminent bassist Pat Collins celebrates the release of his debut CD.

In the Moment (CRST CD 126) showcases original compositions and arrangements by Pat and features a stellar line-up: Mike Murley on Saxophone, Reg Schwager on guitar and Barry Elmes on drums.

With more than fifty recordings as sidemusician, Pat is well known throughout Canada having performed with such great musicians as Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Herb Ellis, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Moe Koffman, Oliver Jones, Peter Appleyard, Diana Krall, Don Thompson, and many others. In addition, Pat is on the music faculty at both Humber and Mohawk Colleges and is in demand as a clinician and educator. CORNERSTONE Records is proud to present Pat’s first CD as leader.

This recording was made possible through the assistance from the Ontario Arts Council.
Click here for more information about the CD.

New CD Release:
Al Henderson Quintet
"Fathers and Sons"
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The AL HENDERSON QUINTET celebrated the release of their newest CD Fathers And Sons (Cornerstone CRST CD 124) at the Montreal Bistro during the week of September 14-18.

Fathers and Sons, recorded live at the Montreal Bistro in Toronto, captures all of the energy and excitement of the quintet's club performances. As always, bassist/composer Al Henderson leads a stellar line-up of musicians featuring multi-instrumentalists Pat LaBarbera and Alex Dean, pianist Richard Whiteman and drummer Barry Romberg. Performances include Marcus M., Fathers and Sons, Darwin's Ghost, Millennium Jump, Obscure, and Waiting for Spring.

For more info about this release, click here

Recent Cornerstone releases!
Mark Eisenman featuring Pat Collins & Jimmy Cobb: Sweet & Lovely
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Mike Murley Quintet: Extra Time
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Jim Galloway: Echoes of Swing
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