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Lou Marini: Starmaker

Read "Starmaker" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Lou Marini's Starmaker is a reflection of the veteran reedman's professional life, with eight originals ranging from jazz, to blues and other related genres. Known by the moniker “Blue Lou," Marini has starred in the classic “The Blues Brothers" and has played with such diverse ensembles as Woody Herman's orchestra, Blood, Sweat and Tears, guitarist/composer Frank Zappa, trumpeter Lew Soloff and singer/songwriter James Taylor. Raw emotionality and effervescent zest permeate all of the tunes as Marini alternates ...

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Lou Marini & the Magic City Jazz Orchestra: Lou's Blues

Read "Lou's Blues" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Lou's Blues, an exercise in ultra-modern composing, arranging and blowing by Lou Marini Jr. and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra, may bring a smile to the face of many big-band enthusiasts and leave others shaking their heads in bewilderment. It depends on one's point of view. Marini, whose influences include blues, rock and free jazz as well as more traditional rhythms, harmonies and lyrical devices, lays them all on the table in eight inclusive charts that resist easy appraisal or ...