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Louise Baranger: Louise Baranger Plays The Great American Songbook

Read "Louise Baranger Plays The Great American Songbook" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


The Pop Art and 60s-ish graphics cover of this fun CD might give one an impression that Louise Baranger Plays the Great American Groove Book is a party record or perhaps one mis-shelved from the Oldies Bin at now-defunct Tower Records. Sorry. Framed here by a group of New York Studio A-Listers and via highly-creative arrangements from Tim Ouimette, trumpet artist Louise Baranger re-invigorates a dozen “Pop Tops" and gives each a savvy shine-up. That mix yields ...

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Louise Baranger Big Band: Trumpeter's Prayer

Read "Trumpeter's Prayer" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Louise Baranger’s economy–sized big band (basically four trumpets including her own, three saxophones, one trombone and rhythm) is at its best when unencumbered by guest artists, a string section or other commercially–oriented considerations. While such moments are too infrequent on Trumpeter’s Prayer, Baranger’s bandleading debut, when they do arrive (as on “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Chitlins,” “A Royal Firework,” for example) they are almost persuasive enough to redeem the others. Baranger is an excellent player with a pristine tone and admirable ...


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