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Big Band Report

It Was a Very Good Year... for Big Bands

By Published: January 7, 2007
In early December, after expressing some mild disappointment in Sonny Rollins' latest recording, Sonny, Please, I ended my review by surmising that the album "will most likely earn Rollins another Grammy Award, thus proving how far removed I am from the ability to render sound judgment. Two days after the review was published, the following press release appeared in my e-mail in-box: "Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins has received a Grammy nomination for his new Doxy Records CD Sonny, Please in the 'Best Instrumental Jazz Album' category. Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather. It's such a heavy burden to be so right all the time...

And that's it for this brief preface to 2007. Until next time, keep swingin'!

New and Noteworthy

1. Jimmy Heath Big Band, Turn Up The Heath (Planet Arts)
2. Big Band Dorsten, Critic's Choice (TIB)
3. Taylor/Fidyk Big Band, Live At Blues Alley (OA2)
4. Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Countermove (W.E.R.F.)
5. Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Dizzy's Business (MCG)
6. Phil Kelly & the NW Santa Ana Winds, My Museum (Origin)
7. Count Basie Orchestra, Basie Is Back (Village Music)
8. Forrest Buchtel's NYConfidential, Shhh! (Monk Music)
9. Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, Clairvoyance (no label)
10. Shenandoah University Jazz Ensemble, Lullaby Of The Leaves (SU Jazz)
11. Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable (Palmetto)
12. Pierce College Jazz Ensemble, Suiteness (no label)
13. Temple Jazz Orchestra, This Is TJO (no label)
14. Northeastern State University, Appointment in Milano (NSU)
15. Rick Wald 16/NYC, Castaneda's Dreams (Glowbow)

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