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Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Octopus

Read "Octopus" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Octopus, the tenth album released by the Millennium Jazz Orchestra in its nearly twenty-five years of impressive music-making in The Netherlands, is actually an eight-part suite by composer / arranger Joan Reinders devoted to one of the sea world's more fearsome and enigmatic creatures. The thematic essay spans the whole nine yards, from “Evolution" and “Environment" to “Food," “Procreation" and several diverting stops in between. It was recorded in concert in May 2018 at Theater Bouwkunde Deventer. ...

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Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Oatts Notes

Read "Oatts Notes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Netherlands is home to at least two world-class big bands, the Dutch Jazz Orchestra and the perhaps lesser-known but no less resourceful and accomplished Millennium Jazz Orchestra, which proves again on its latest album, Oatts Notes, that superlative jazz ensembles are by no means confined to any specific area but continue to flourish all over the world. The “Oatts refers, of course, to guest artist Dick Oatts, long a mainstay of New York City's Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, who sculpts ...

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The Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Triangular

Read "Triangular" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Millennium Jazz Orchestra, which until last year was the Big Barchem Band, proves on its third recording (and second for A–Records) that a world–class ensemble by any other name swings as lustily and as often, thanks to bracing charts by conductor Joan Reinders, a welcome appearance on five selections by guest artist Philip Catherine, and remarkable interplay by the orchestra as a whole. Catherine, the superb Belgian guitarist who’d impressed the band at a concert in October ’99, is ...


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