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Jamie Begian Big Band: Big Fat Grin

Read "Jamie Begian Big Band: Big Fat Grin" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Jamie Begian Big BandBig Fat GrinInnova Records2010

If the music on Jamie Begian's Big Fat Grin were any bigger and fatter, the grin would challenge that of Lewis Carroll's Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland. No, not the cat that appears in Tim Burton's film, because that image is too phantasmagorical, but rather the wonderful, original creation that appears in the book. It is there that the image is charming, mischievous and ...

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The Jamie Begian Big Band: Trance

Read "Trance" reviewed by Jack Bowers

I was introduced to Jamie Begian -- and to Begian’s New York-based big band -- last month during the 30th annual conference of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) in Toronto. Jamie also handed me a copy of his first album, Trance, which I must say is more impressive than I found the band to be in person. Perhaps I’m growing more comfortable with Begian’s uncommon approach to big-band music -- or perhaps my mind is more focused when ...


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