Little Big Bands

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Between the standard small jazz ensembles of quartets, quintets and sextets and the powerhouse big bands is a world of ensembles with eight, nine, ten or eleven players. Famously, The 1949 Birth of the Cool sessions were from a nonet assembled by Miles Davis, with arrangements by Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans and John Lewis. Bands of this size are a nimble playground for creative arrangers. Little Big Bands in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Cory Weeds Little Big Band "East of the Village" from Explosion (Cellar Live) 4:17
  • Dave Holland Octet "Blue Jean" from Pathways (Dare2 Records) 12:14
  • Host speaks 19:19
  • Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra "Bouse" from Blues for Tahrir (Hipnotic Records) 23:13
  • Jamie Baum Nonet "Joyful Lament" from Bridges (Sunnyside Communications) 28:43
  • Steve Coleman Octet "Pull Counter" from Morphogenesis (Pi Recordings) 34:07
  • Host speaks 39:24
  • Charlie Haden & Liberation Music Orchestra "Blue In Green" from Time/Life:Songs For The Whales And Other Beings (Impulse) 43:00
  • Anat Cohen Tentet "Milonga Del Angel" from Triple Helix (Anzic) 50:26
  • Host Outro 56:49

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