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Nebraska Jazz Orchestra: NJO 40

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NJO 40, the latest CD by the superlative Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, salutes the NJO's first forty years by presenting a series of in-concert recordings taped between 2010-15 whose roster of guest soloists on Tracks 1-10 reads like a who's who of renowned jazz artists from coast to coast. Tack on exemplary charts by Tom Kubis, Eric Richards, Kerry Strayer, Bobby Watson, Jack Cortner, Sammy Nestico and others, and you have an appetizing banquet for the ears that is as persuasive ...

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The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra: Volume VII, Live!

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The rapidly maturing Nebraska Jazz Orchestra continues on its upward path with Volume VII, a series of high–powered in–concert recordings made during its 2000–2001 season and featuring guest artists Kirk Garrison (trumpet) and Bobby Watson (alto sax). The NJO, formed in 1975, hit its stride with Volume V (1992–96) and followed that one in ’98 with another outstanding session, Christmas Jazz (Volume VI), which included seven memorable charts by guitarist Peter Bouffard who had made his arranging debut on Volume ...

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Nebraska Jazz Orchestra: Christmas Jazz

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While I hesitate to use the word “best” when referring to music (as one too often has to swallow and digest that word), I can’t resist observing that the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra opens Christmas Jazz with the best arrangement of “The Little Drummer Boy” I’ve ever heard. It’s by the band’s talented young guitarist, transplanted Vermonter Peter Bouffard, and includes among its background riffs brief quotes from a large number of seasonal classics from “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and ...


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