Big Band Suites - Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue, Brian Krock

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Duke Ellington envisioned long-form jazz compositions before the technology was created to support them. After being limited to around six minutes on two sides of a 78 RPM disc, the advent of the 12' Long-Playing record liberated Ellington and other jazz composers to conceive and record extended compositions. Several contemporary composers are continuing to explore the format with enthusiasm. Recent suites from Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue and Brian Krock in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra "Home" from The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare) 2:42
  • Host speaks 10:18
  • Jim McNeely & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band "Falling Upwards" from Barefoot Dances and Other Visions (Planet Arts) 12:01
  • Rufus Reid Large Ensemble "Recognition" from Quiet Pride -The Elizabeth Catlett Project (Motema Music) 19:52
  • Host speaks 27:34
  • Darcy James Argue's Secret Society "The Tallest Tower in the World" from Brooklyn Babylon (New Amsterdam Records) 30:23
  • Darcy James Argue's Secret Society "Construction + Destruction" from Brooklyn Babylon (New Amsterdam Records) 34:08
  • Darcy James Argue's Secret Society "Dark Alliance" from Real Enemies (New Amsterdam Records) 38:42
  • Host speaks 45:45
  • Big Heart Machine—conducted by Miho Hazama "Tamalpais -III Stinson Beach" from Outside In Music (2018) 47:43
  • Host Outro 55:46

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