Big Bands, Orchestras and New Sounds

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This week we focus on new releases interpreting pop hits in a big band style with Dave Stryker working with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band; delivering solo piano compositions with a cinematic blend of classical, post-minimalist and traditional music courtesy of Kosta Jevtic, from Serbia; or incorporating folk elements into contemporary jazz by Kari van der Kloot . Another Serbian, Maja Alvanovic2, brings a fresh new sound with the third album from her Majamisty TriO. Canada's Sophia Smith Quartet delivers a mixture of traditional jazz with original modern compositions, creating a unique blend of memorable melodies, lush harmony and improvisation. We also feature the posthumous release of a 2010 session fusing jazz and Afrobeat by Tony Allen and Hugh Masakela. Last, but not least, we have music from Mike Maddux and Fire! Orchestra as well some electric Miles Davis.


  • Dave Stryker with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band "Trouble Man" from Blue Soul (Strikezone Records) 00:00
  • Kosta Jevtić "Chiostro del Paradiso" from Reflections on a Journey (Mistyland) 07:12
  • Kari Van Der Kloot "It May Not Always Be So" from The Architects (NextLevel) 12:17
  • Majamisty Trio "Heritage" from Organic (Mistyland) 18:54
  • Sophia Smith Quartet "Bright" from Elevation (Self Released) 22:55
  • Tony Allen & Hugh Masakela "Robbers, Thugs and Muggers (O'Galajani)" from Rejoice (World Circuit Limited) 27:58
  • DUX Orchestra "Mixed Results Part 1" from Duck Walks Dog [with mixed results] (NoBusiness Records) 33:03
  • Dave Stryker with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band "When Doves Cry" from Blue Soul (Strikezone Records) 40:16
  • Kosta Jevtić "Sweet Sun of southern Lands" from Reflections on a Journey (Mistyland) 46:39
  • Majamisty Trio "Jungle" from Organic (Mistyland) 50:46
  • Kari Van Der Kloot "Hide and Seek" from The Architects (NextLevel) 1:00:00
  • Sophia Smith Quartet "Elevation" from Elevation (Self Released) 1:05:25
  • Tony Allen & Hugh Masakela "Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be the Same)" from Rejoice (World Circuit Limited) 1:11:41
  • Fire! Orchestra "Actions For Free Jazz Orchestra (Edit)" from Actions (Rune Grammafon) 1:16:01
  • Dave Stryker with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band "Stan's Shuffle" from Blue Soul (Strikezone Records) 1:22:57
  • Kosta Jevtić "Capri" from Reflections on a Journey (Mistyland) 1:30:00
  • Kari Van Der Kloot "The Architects" from The Architects (NextLevel) 1:32:04
  • Majamisty Trio "Because of rain" from Organic (Mistyland) 1:38:03
  • Sophia Smith Quartet "What I'm Looking For" from Elevation (Self Released) 1:42:15
  • Tony Allen & Hugh Masakela "Obama Shuffle Strut Blues" from Rejoice (World Circuit Limited) 1:49:24
  • Miles Davis "Jabali" from The Complete On The Corner Sessions (Columbia) 1:54:50

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