The size of a group means nothing. There's as much fantastic music created by a trio as there is by a big band. This episode of OMJ attempts to prove that with sparkling new music from trios (Jason Robinson, Bruno Raberg & Bob Weiner -a definite must on my faves of 2020 list, Cuban/Polish saxophonist Luis Nubiola, and Rez Abbasi doing Django) to larger groups like Samuel Blaser live at Cornelia Street Café, Fred Lonberg-Holm's Stirrup and Norway's Barrage, to snarly big bands like that of alto saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo's DNA Orchestra. There's plenty more examples, plus a revisit from a seminal album that called for change back in 1994: guitarist Michael Gregory Jackson's Change: A Suite for Nelson Mandela. That message then is as relevant today, and I'm playin' the whole thing.
Stirrup + 6 "Insen for Yonsei" from The Avondale Addition (Cuneiform) 00:00
Host speaks 07:31
Andrew D'Angelo's DNA Orchestra "Big Butt" from DNA Orchestra (Self-released) 10:08
Andrew D'Angelo's DNA Orchestra "Mee Nem Sa" from DNA Orchestra (Self-released) 17:20
Pauli Lyytinen's Magnetia Orkestri "Polynesian Prayer" from Hypnosis (Eclipse Music) 30:01
Host speaks 35:14
Barrage "Moriarty" from The Was and Is to Come (Self-released) 35:53
Barrage "The Was" from The Was and Is to Come (Self-released) 42:09
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