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Jazz Before the Oscars: Part 2

Read "Jazz Before the Oscars: Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

There has always been plenty of interplay between jazz and movies: jazz musicians like Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway or Harry Connick, Jr. turned actors; or actors like Jeff Goldblum or Cybill Shepherd turned jazz musicians; jazz soundtracks for movie; or movies about jazz musicians...However, in anticipation of Oscars Night, here we are focusing on songs inspired by or dedicated to movie stars.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" ...

Album Review

Vienna Art Orchestra: The Minimalism of Erik Satie

Read "The Minimalism of Erik Satie" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

This is starting to look like the year of Erik Satie. How else could there be two magnificent albums dedicated to his music? The first was Dan Willis and Velvet Gentlemen's The Satie Project (Daywood Drive Records, 2010), while this rerelease of 1984's classic, The Minimalism of Erik Satie, features Mathias Rüegg's large ensemble tribute to the late-19th/early 20th Century French composer. Both albums are unique: Willis' essentially transposing for reeds and an ensemble slightly larger than a quartet, playing ...

Album Review

The Vienna Art Orchestra: A Centenary Journey

Read "A Centenary Journey" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One has to hand it to the Vienna Art Orchestra; this is one adventurous band of Austrians. On Centenary Journey, recorded live in March ’01 at the Sofiensäle, Vienna, the VAO makes an heroic (and broadly successful) effort to compress a century of ever–shifting Jazz styles into one expansive snapshot. Unlike Ken Burns’ recent (and controversial) television series, Jazz, which was weighted heavily in favor of the music’s early pioneers with the last forty years or so telescoped into one ...

Album Review

Vienna Art Orchestra: Duke Ellington's Sound of Love

Read "Duke Ellington's Sound of Love" reviewed by Dave Nathan

The Vienna Art Orchestra's (VAO) tribute to Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn is made up of tunes culled from several performances during VOA's Spring Tour 99. This is not the group's first encounter with Ellington, having in1994 released its The Original Charts of Duke Ellington & Charles Mingus. On this album, they “do" Ellington/Strayhorn quite differently than one usually hears the masters' works. Mathias Ruegg's arrangements are challenging to both those who play them and to those who listen and, ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The Big Band Years

Zoë Records


The Minimalism of...

Hat Hut Records


Big Band Poesie

Zoë Records


Art & Fun

Zoë Records



Charles Mingus
bass, acoustic
Ornette Coleman
saxophone, alto
Gil Evans
composer / conductor
Evan Parker
saxophone, soprano
Steve Lacy
saxophone, soprano
Gordon Goodwin
composer / conductor
Art Ensemble Of Chicago
band / ensemble / orchestra
Mike Westbrook
composer / conductor

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