The difference between a big band" and an orchestra" in jazz is usually more than nominal in nature. On the surface, they may seem the same, but their intent, musical scope and arranging/compositional methodology are usually very different. While it can be seen as a bit of a generalization, the band" tag often refers to groups that take the straightforward path, while the orchestras" tend to take the road(s) less traveled. Duke Ellington paved the way for every adventurous jazz orchestra composer-to-be, Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer each extended on the promise held within such a grouping in their own ...read more
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