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Mercy by Bill McBirnie

Bill McBirnie is a jazz and Latin flute specialist located in Toronto. He has been chosen Flutist of the Year by the Jazz Report Awards, nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards and declared a winner of both the USA National Flute Association’s Jazz Flute Masterclass and Jazz Flute Big Band Competitions. He has also produced several Extreme Flute projects to date including his most recent, "Mercy" (featuring the Romani piano sensation, Robi Botos). All are available from CD Baby, Indie Pool, and iTunes. If you wish to contact Bill, you can reach him directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Reaction to Mercy:

"I have been listening to your record, non-stop, for the past two days and I can only say, it is AMAZING...Fantastic!..." SIR JAMES GALWAY (December 2009)

"Clean, pure, bebop flute. Played with disgusting control and shameless ease. You are a bad boy! And then Robi Botos. That guy is a killer!" HENDRIK MEURKENS (December 2009)

"In both duo and quartet formats, McBirnie dazzles...In every instance, his technique is flawless, dynamic and often simply jaw-dropping...McBirnie has been called Canada’s standout jazz flautist. I maintain he is one of the top two or three in the world. " MARK E. GALLO, (

"Mercy offers a dozen-track, dazzling display of technique, dynamic range and stunning musicality...This is not neo-jazz comfort food but rather a feast of elegantly executed ideas with a live concert vibe...Add quick-witted interplay, adventurous flow, bluster and sophistication and this disc is a keeper." GEOFF CHAPMAN (WholeNote Magazine)

"A diverse selection of sparkling contemporary jazz that commands serious attention...An amazing performance..." EDWARD BLANCO (

"McBirnies explorations are luminous as he makes each note glow...the shades and the contrasts as transparent as the emotion and the verve...So with each track carving its own beguiling niche the music is to put it quite simply awesome!" JERRY D'sOUZA (

"...Effortless rhythmic note placement…fleet and inspired…weaving creative satisfying constantly developing melodic lines in masterly fashion…Both the duo and quartet delight and surprise…Mercy is yet another classic hour of top jazz flute in the McBirnie acoustic tradition." JIM LANGABEER (Flute Focus)

"This new album of Bill's demonstrates that the flute is in the hands of a virtuoso who beyond any doubt is able to perform in virtually any style...and it is no accident that the cover of the album itself underscores the contribution of pianist Robi Botos. The role and impact that this bright young pianist brings to the entire project cannot be overstated. His style and technique is unmistakably reminiscent of the unforgettable Oscar Peterson for me highlights of the album." LEONID AUSKERN (Jazz Quad Nestor Publishing Russia)

"McBirnie is the record's hero. In an unassuming manner he has recast the way the flute is played. His breathing is easy and sustained and his control is complete. Moreover he is genuinely one of the most creative flutists...Mercy is a true gem... RAUL D"GAMA (AAJ Senior Editor)

"Bill McBirnie’s new recording Mercy has been receiving impressive reviews. I have long regarded Bill as the finest flautist in Canada and his recent CD simply confirms my opinion. Whatever groove he decides to play in it's perfection. A true technician and master of his instrument." DAVE MILBOURNE (Toronto Jazz)

"There are both hard swinging and tender moments with alternate stops in between in this varied program...A gale force wind from the Great White North..." IRA GITLER (Apple Chorus Jazz Inside NY February 2010)

"The diversity in styles from trad jazz to Latin does not in any way affect the unity of the recording's theme but creates a unique multifaceted whole thanks to McBirnie's versatility and superlative musicianship...McBirnie swings hard during the up-tempo pieces and shows remarkable sensitivity without losing the creative edge during the duets and ballads with Botos." HRAYR ATTARIAN (

Some Tracking Information:

Mercy has received very active rotation and is filtering upwards in various spin-cycles as illustrated by the following):

(1) - Mercy reached the "Top 40 New Releases" at the web site of US-syndicated Jazz DJ Bob Parlocha.

(2) - Mercy was a "Featured Release" at Canada's Premier Jazz Station JazzFM91.

(3) - Mercy also emerged as a favorite with CBC's foremost jazz radio program Tonic (CBC Radio 1 & 2) including being chosen for special broadcast on Tim Tamashiro's "Top Ten Recordings of 2009".


Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Bill McBirnie
  • CD Title: Mercy
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Genre: Various Jazz Styles
  • Record Label: Extreme Flute
  • Artist's Instrument: Flute
  • Tracks: Baila Cinderella,   Willow Weep For Me ,  Airegin ,  Stuffy Turkey ,  Gentle Rain,   I’m Walkin’, Yardbird Suite, Way Down Yonder In New Orleans, Moment’s Notice, Minha Saudade, Groovin’ High, Mercy
  • Musicians: Bill McBirnie (flute), Robi Botos (piano), Pat Collins (bass), John Sumner (drums)
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