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The Colin Byrne Jazz Orchestra: Leaving for Home

Read "Leaving for Home" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though it veers occasionally into choppy waters, this ambitious album by the Colin Byrne Jazz Orchestra starts on an even keel and charts a generally straight-ahead course before crashing headlong onto the shoals of free jazz. Among comparable ensembles, the one that most immediately came to my mind is the Mingus Big Band, which should give aficionados an idea of Byrne's game plan and mindset.

Byrne, whom I assume is Irish--the orchestra is British-based and was recorded (live) at ...

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Big Band Byrne: Leaving For Home

Read "Leaving For Home" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Leaving for Home is the bold and brash big band debut from the new Big Band Byrne, Colin Byrne's jazz orchestra from Leeds, United Kingdom. In February 2005 the composer/drummer went on the internet and advertised on Jazz in Leeds to attract musicians interested in playing original music in a new band. The result was the birth of the seventeen-piece Big Band Byrne, which rumbles through original contemporary charts reminiscent of the Ellington and Mingus bands of the past. This ...


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