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The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra: Volume VII, Live!

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The rapidly maturing Nebraska Jazz Orchestra continues on its upward path with Volume VII, a series of high–powered in–concert recordings made during its 2000–2001 season and featuring guest artists Kirk Garrison (trumpet) and Bobby Watson (alto sax). The NJO, formed in 1975, hit its stride with Volume V (1992–96) and followed that one in ’98 with another outstanding session, Christmas Jazz (Volume VI), which included seven memorable charts by guitarist Peter Bouffard who had made his arranging debut on Volume V. This latest enterprise is no less formidable, even though the widely variable and often precarious recording quality should leave ...

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Nebraska Jazz Orchestra: Christmas Jazz

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While I hesitate to use the word “best” when referring to music (as one too often has to swallow and digest that word), I can’t resist observing that the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra opens Christmas Jazz with the best arrangement of “The Little Drummer Boy” I’ve ever heard. It’s by the band’s talented young guitarist, transplanted Vermonter Peter Bouffard, and includes among its background riffs brief quotes from a large number of seasonal classics from “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and “Frosty the Snowman” to “Deck the Halls” and “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” — he even finds a place ...



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