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by Nicholas F. Mondello
There have been many composers on both sides of the classical-jazz continuum who have attempted to blend those genres. Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Darius Milhaud, Duke Ellington, Lalo Schifrin, Jorge Calandrelli, and others have explored the parallels and differences. In 1980, French jazz pianist/composer, Claude Bolling composed Toot Suite" for the great French trumpet virtuoso, Maurice Andre. The suite, composed of 6 segments of varied textures, is so demanding technically that it has been performed by or ...read more