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Kirk MacDonald & Lorne Lofsky at the Toronto Jazz Festival

July 2, 2006 • Dominion on Queen • Toronto Jazz Masters Work Their Magic by Paul J. Youngman Sunday is traditionally a day of rest, however when you’ve been attending a jazz festival for the last 10 days, (funny how people don’t view that as work), other things that should get done on weekends and […]

JazzTimes – Inside Out

By Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes, May, 2006 Stateside jazz fans and critics have slept on Canadian guitarist Lorne Lofsky. A masterful improviser with a warm, appealing tone (on a Fender Telecaster, no less), he’s a finger-style player who, like the late genius Lenny Breau, is able to get closer to the harmonic richness and chordal voicings […]

Straight-Ahead – CD Reviews Bill, Please

Guitarist Lorne Lofsky is unquestionably one of Canada’s hidden treasures. He records infrequently, tours rarely and prefers to stay close to his home in Toronto, teaching students at York and Toronto Universities. Enticed by the news that a new recording is in the works, it’s as good a time as any to revisit his fine […]

Protein-Rich Jazz Hot Off the Grill

By Stephen Pederson, The Chronicle-Herald New Waterford native Kirk MacDonald and Toronto guitarist Lorne Lofsky first traded tunes 17 years ago. They’ve been at it off and on ever since. On Sunday and Monday nights in the Commons Room at the Halifax Holiday Inn they teamed up with drummer Jerry Fuller and bassist Neil Swainson […]


I first heard Lorne on the radio years ago; his debut trio recording produced by Oscar Peterson had been released, and everyone was talking about how incredible it was that a guitar player could even get close to sounding like the legendary Ed Bickert. Two years later he came to Montreal with Rob McConnell(of Boss […]

CD Lorne Lofsky Review

By Mark Miller, Globe and Mail, October 19, 1992 Lorne Lofsky/Jazz Inspiration DSRD 31081 Toronto guitarist Lorne Lofsky doesn’t record often enough to worry about too much of a good thing. Pity. A great future was predicted when he got The Big Break at 25: an LP produced by Oscar Peterson, for the US Pablo […]

All Music Review – All of You

Guitarist Lorne Lofsky’s first album for the Jazz Inspiration label, and his first recording as a leader in 11 years, finds him in a much different state of development than on his prior Pablo release. Gone are the blues-influenced phrases, and the direct resemblance to fellow Canadian guitarist Ed Bickert (although Bickert’s presence is still […]

Fanfare – CD Review

By Andrew Sussman, The Jazz Column, July/August, 1991 Canadian guitarists Ed Bickert and Lorne Lofsky taem up for a solid straight-ahead session in This is New (CONCORD JAZZ 4414, 61:24, produced by Phil Sheridan). These are two technically proficient artists with a strong sense of swing, and the twelve cuts include turne by Ellington, Horace […]

Cadence CD Review

By Shirley Klett, Cadence Magazine, July 1991 ED BICKERT/LORNE LOFSKY, THIS IS NEW, CONCORD CD 4414 These two Canadians , the veteran Ed Bickert and the youthful Lorne Lofsky, are among the best jazz guitarists in the world today. Ed played with top Canadian groups for some years and was highly thought of by those […]