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by Jack Bowers
Talk about setting the bar high: on an album designed to showcase the talents of students in Professor Terry Promane's classes on arranging, the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra's music director, Gordon Foote, chose to open Embargo with Rob McConnell's classic arrangement of the Billy Strayhorn warhorse, Take the 'A' Train," thus giving the undergrads a formidable target at which to aim. Does their aim prove true? Beyond any doubt. The lone wayward shot occurs on the ...read more