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Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band: All Smiles

Read "All Smiles" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band has historically been regarded as the best ensemble of its type based outside the US, and All Smiles is generally regarded as one of their finest recordings. You'll understand why with just a few listens. Belgian pianist and arranger Francy Boland began making music with American expatriate Kenny “Klook" Clarke, the original drummer for The Modern Jazz Quartet, in 1961. The combination of their exquisite jazz sensibilities soon attracted first-call jazz musicians ...

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Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band: Handle With Care

Read "Handle With Care" reviewed by William Grim


There were two big bands that came out of the 1960s that were co-led by drummers and arrangers. One was the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra and the other was the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band. A good case can be made for the assertion that Clarke and Lewis were the two best big band drummers of the 2nd half of the twentieth century. An equally valid claim can be made for Boland and Jones being the best arranger/composers of the ...

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Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band: Our Kinda Strauss

Read "Our Kinda Strauss" reviewed by William Grim


Of all the big bands that flourished during the 1960s, none was an innovative and featured better sidemen than the Clarke-Boland Big Band. This album features a complete reissue of the 1966 C-BBB Swing, Waltz, Swing album as well as unreleased material from 1967 and 1972 recording sessions. This is a unique compilation in that it features big band arrangements of waltzes by Johann Strauss, Jr. as well the the famous waltz from Richard Strauss' (no relation) opera Der Rosenkavalier. ...


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