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Ed Vezinho - Jim Ward Big Band: With Friends Like These

Read "With Friends Like These" reviewed by Edward Blanco


It is a common practice to title an album after one of the pieces composed for and performed on the recording, sometimes attributing a special meaning or theme to the music. Such is the case with saxophonist Ed Vezinho's “With Friends Like These." Alongside trumpeter Jim Ward, Vezinho has co-led the Ed Vezinho-Jim Ward Big Band for twenty-six years with a largely unchanged line-up, providing undeniable testimony that beautiful music can be made when fortunate enough to have “friends like ...

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The Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward Big Band: Blue Haired Mama

Read "Blue Haired Mama" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Make room in the satchel; the second album by the spectacular Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward Big Band has at last arrived, and it's definitely earmarked for shipment to that mythical “desert island," along with the ensemble's spine-tingling debut, Smile, which was No. 1 on this reviewer's Top 10 survey of new releases three years ago.

As before, the consistently impressive charts were designed by co-leader/lead alto Vezinho; as before, Ward and split lead Joe Scannella preside over one of the world's ...

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The Ed Vezinho-Jim Ward Big Band: Smile

Read "Smile" reviewed by Jack Bowers


It hardly ever fails. Just as one starts to believe that the big–band pool may at last be drying up, a precocious newcomer such as the Ed Vezinho–Jim Ward Big Band suddenly arrives from nowhere to satisfy his / her thirst for mouth–watering big–band Jazz and swat every gloomy notion into the proverbial cocked hat. Well, not literally from nowhere; the V–WBB is actually from New Jersey, and its members are seasoned professionals who perform in casinos and other night ...


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