“The Other One” by Budman/Levy Orchestra
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From There to Here (OA2 Records) by Budman/Levy Orchestra
Gonna try to get Big Band Fridays back up and running again, and we'll start with the solid Budman/Levy Orchestra. No genre-blending, no cryptic music allusions... just undiluted big band jazz to get the weekend started with a bang.
The Los Angeles-based Budman/Levy Orchestra was formed in 2007 to highlight the current generation of dynamic L.A. jazz musicians. Featuring the wide-ranging compositions and lush arrangements of Jeremy Levy, and saxophonist Alex Budman's singular tone and improvisations, the band is quickly becoming an important musical voice on the West Coast. From There to Here showcases nine of Levy's original compositions plus arrangements of Michael Brecker's "Slings and Arrows" and "Zona Mona" by Bela Fleck. With a young, focused and inspired musical leadership pursuing a wide swath of textures, forms and influences, the BLO's ever-evolving group aesthetic will be an exciting thing to watch.
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