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Your Perfect Matador (2020 Fallen Tree Records)

Jay Aymar

It is a rare pleasure to behold the work of a fully realized artist at his creative peak. Jay Aymar’s Your Perfect Matador is one of those records.

I’ve known Jay and his music for at least a decade, and I have no idea how he quietly climbed to this place; it must have been in the dark. Except, like many of his admirers, I always knew he had the chops to achiev

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e such excellence.

What struck me as soon as I pressed play were the musical surprises. While the odometers on his cars and body have amply earned him the right to whisper and gently rap some of his lead vocals, they cocked my head at first. I was waiting for a mistake, for pretension to kick in, but it never did; this is the real Jay Aymar, bare-souled and beautiful.

The mature electric guitar sound he apparently cherishes stands out like it is designed to do, but like all the other instruments on Your Perfect Matador, it is played in humble service to the record. (And the strings! Wow.)

His website tells us this is a love story with a beginning, middle and end, and that it took five years for him to make his masterpiece.

Lyrically, as always, I feel unqualified to comment, other than that each phrase feels like it had to

perform for the right to be included, and that the cutting room floor must have been a bonfire.

Finally, there is Jay’s uncanny duet ability. He has sung with many talented female vocalists in years and records gone by, but the work he does with Shakura S’Aida and Chloe Charles is fabulous.

However, it is the centre of the arc of the record, the fifth track of nine, “Alive in the Shadows,” sung with Alejandra Ribera, that serves as the climax of the piece. It is the most sublime six minutes of recorded Canadian music I’ve heard this year.

This review is longer than the record itself, which is something I also appreciate about Your Perfect Matador. Everything appears to have been expertly measured and finely executed. Olé, Jay!"

Review by: Andy Frank Roots Music Canada

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Live at the Trinity (2015)

Jay Aymar

Hear Jay's songs performed live with his full band. These songs were voted on by his fan base as favourites they would like to hear performed live . This CD can be found in the back cover of the accompanying book of road stories. For digital download only (see store for full book / CD purchase)

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Overtime (2013)

Jay Aymar

Rubbish is rampantly successful; middling is excessively over indulged; and Jay Aymar is spectacularly under-rated. This 11-song jug of acoustic country-blues, adorned by a brilliance of accomplished accompaniment set to perfection by player/producer David Baxter, takes the listener on a safari, with touchdowns in hometown Sault Ste. Marie (“Overtime”, “Acadian Son”, and “Monterey” – the district he grew up in); Iraq (“Your Precious War”, a story about a soldier’s misfortune); Washington (“King of the World”); heartbreak hotel (“Your Sad and Lonely Heart”, “Three Love Stories”)to the earbud generation (“Tune Out, Turn Off, Drop By”). The artwork for the album is a Norman Rockwell bon mot. Aymar is a classic, and this album is a knockdown priced master-work. David Farrell, 2013, New Canadian Music

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Passing Through (2011)

Jay Aymar

"Given the glut of urban hipsters doing roots music, it's heartening to see that there are still populist hardcore Canadian troubadours making the rounds: add Sault St. Marie born Toronto based - Jay Aymar. He won fans with his last album Halfway Home and returns here with an even stronger effort. Fiddle and pedal steel are put to good use on country/folk ballad "Garbo and Hepburn," while the vocal harmonies of Angela Hilts and Jadea Kelly add depth to some tracks. A lovely duet with Kelly on "Worthless String of Pearls" is an album highlight. The title track has a gentler, sparser feel, showing Aymar can sing sensitively when needed. There's a little bravado in "Hold On Nashville," with Aymar threatening to conquer Music City. He may, in fact, be just a little too real for Nashville, but we'll gladly keep embracing him. Kerry Doole (Exclaim 2011)

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Halfway Home (2010)

Jay Aymar

"Halfway Home, by Toronto-based singer-songwriter Jay Aymar, is the album that could win him a substantial following for his well-crafted songs about everyday people living everyday lives. Aymar’s songs - including one which has been recorded by Ian Tyson - are well worth seeking out." -Mike Regenstreif, (2010) Sing Out Magazine

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