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Don Ellis, Joe Williams & Ira B. Liss


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The heat of summer has Neon Jazz thinking about big bands and orchestras. For the 705th show on June 16, we start off with big band leader Ira B. Liss and the Big Band Jazz Machine with a cut from his 2020 release Mazel Tov Kocktail. We also hear from a sextet with Joseph Herbst off This is Our Environment. We also profile some talented cats (past and present) with solid outfits backing them up including Don Ellis, Ted Moore, Oscar Peterson and Amanda Tosoff. Enjoy the music, my friends.


  • Ira B. Liss "High Wire" Mazel Tov Kocktail (CD Baby) 00:00
  • Host talks 5:04
  • Don Ellis and His Orchestra "Child of Ecstasy" Autumn (Columbia) 6:50
  • Ted Moore Trio "What's the Meaning of This" The Natural Order of Things (Origin Records) 10:01
  • Host talks 14:30
  • Joe Williams "Gravy Waltz" At Newport '63 (RCA Bluebird) 15:28
  • Michael Lampert "Whirlgig" Panoply (ML Records) 17:24
  • Host talks 21:11
  • Dave Pike "Big Foot" Pike's Groove (Criss Cross Jazz) 22:05
  • Will Zimmer "Mating Call" Hangout the Dry (Zimmer) 26:18
  • Host talks 32:45
  • {{Urbie Green} "That Old Gang of Mine" Let's Face the Music and Dance (RCA Victor Records) 33:26
  • Amanda Tosoff "A Dream Within a Dream" Earth Voices (Empress Music Group Inc) 36:01
  • Host talks 40:58
  • Oscar Peterson Trio "The Sheik of Araby" This is Oscar Peterson (RCA Bluebird) 41:35
  • Joseph Herbst Sextet "They Say There are Beautiful Trees" This is our Environment (JH Records) 44:25
  • Host talks 49:13
  • Cannonball Adderley "Toy" Know What I Mean (Riverside) 50:53

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