CD Review: Curtis Nowosad’s “The Skeptic & the Cynic”

Our good friend Curtis Nowosad recently released his debut album, The Skeptic and the Cynic, and we want to tell you all about it! The CD features an all-star lineup of professors from the luminous University of Manitoba Jazz Program, including Steve Kirby, Larry Roy, Jimmy Greene, Derrick Gardner, and Will Bonness. Grammy-nominee Taylor Eigsti makes a special appearance as well.

When Curtis plays, the music pops. His version of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” makes you feel like you can take on the world. Curtis digs into his musical past, pulling out unique arrangements of songs by Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, and more. Curtis has an inventive way of combing his love of jazz with these very accessible songs, making it easy for a first-time jazz listener, or a long-time music-lover to enjoy every track.

If you’ve seen live music in Winnipeg recently, you’ve probably seen Curtis Nowosad. Check out the videos from his CD release, and pick up his CD the next time you see him, or download it online.

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