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The Verve Jazz Ensemble: East End Sojourn

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In April of 2013, the Verve Jazz Ensemble released their first album It's About Time (CD Baby, 2012) to rave reviews from critics and jazz lovers everywhere. Exactly one year later, the group follows up on their amazing debut by unveiling East End Sojourn, an exciting second effort featuring new creative arrangements, more reimagined standards, a couple of original statements and the inclusion of guitarist luminary Peter Bernstein as special guest. The bop and post-bop grooves of the first recording are very much in play here with Jon Blanck's sizzling tenor, Tatum Greenblatt's soaring trumpet, and a tight rhythm section--all ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Verve Jazz Ensemble: It's About Time

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In 2006 drummer Josh Feldstein established the Verve Jazz Ensemble, a contemporary jazz group playing standards and straight ahead material in the finest venues throughout the Connecticut area without having an album to their credit until this appropriately-titled recording debut It's About Time. On tap are an array of jazz standards featuring new arrangements and dynamic interpretations of music from the likes of Tad Dameron, Miles Davis, Henry Mancini and Oscar Hammerstein. From bebop rhythms to sweet melodic ballads and swinging romps forged with exciting solo statements, the Verve Jazz Ensemble delivers quite an attention-grabbing first effort drawing inspiration for ...



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