Earl MacDonald’s last CD on Death Defying Records earned him a JUNO nomination for traditional jazz album of the year. This time around we will need to enter him in the contemporary jazz category, as this is jazz like we’ve never heard before.


Earl has created something strikingly unique by writing for the odd-ball instrumentation of cello, sax, piano and percussion. He calls this band COW, which is an acronym for the Creative Opportunity Workshop.


While identifying his music as “startlingly original”, reviewers have also speculated that he may be forging a “new hybrid jazz form”. “Mirror of the Mind” will undoubtedly bolster and affirm this belief.  Earl has drawn upon and amalgamated a wide spectrum of influences, including Brahms, Schumann, Earle Brown, the Beatles, folk music from various cultures, Johnny Mandel, Chick Corea, Ornette Coleman and Nat Cole. The results are stunning.



Through Kickstarter, Earl MacDonald is now pre-selling advanced copies of his new jazz recording, “Mirror of the Mind”. All revenues from advanced sales will go towards paying for manufacturing and promoting costs associated with releasing a CD. Please take a minute to watch the video below. While you listen to the music, kindly consider supporting his project.






Advanced copies can only be ordered until July 1st, so please purchase your CD or digital download today!


This link will take you to his Kickstarter page: