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hr Bigband: Once in a Lifetime

Read "Once in a Lifetime" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's not often--perhaps only Once in a Lifetime--that a big band, from Germany no less, has a chance to record with not one but two of the jazz world's acknowledged master craftsmen, organist Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Jeff Hamilton. The hr Bigband from Frankfurt seized that chance in December '03, and the result is this spectacular album on which DeFrancesco and Hamilton affirm beyond any doubt that they are among the very best at what they do.

The nine persuasive ...

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hr-Bigband with Joey DeFrancesco & Jeff Hamilton: Once In A Lifetime

Read "Once In A Lifetime" reviewed by Edward Blanco

One doesn't often associate the sounds of the organ with the music of big bands, but that's exactly what you get when Joey DeFrancesco, a virtuoso on the Hammond B-3 organ, joins forces with renowned drummer Jeff Hamilton of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra as special guests of conductor Jorg Achim Keller and the German hr-Bigband (Hessischer Rundfunk).

While there's no question that you're listening to a typical big band album, as evident from the brassy sounds of the ...


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