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Garry Dial: Rediscovered Ellington

Read "Rediscovered Ellington" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Fans of Duke Ellington who think they've heard it all should prepare themselves for a most pleasant surprise: a treasure-trove of “rediscovered" songs composed or co-written by Ellington, several of which had never before been recorded, wonderfully performed by Germany's world-class WDR Big Band conducted by Rich DeRosa and featuring the prodigious talents of guests Garry Dial on piano and Dick Oatts on alto and soprano saxophones and flute. The story behind that rediscovery dates to 1979 ...

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Garry Dial: Rediscovered Ellington

Read "Rediscovered Ellington" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

When a Duke Ellington disc spins, it's always a joyful noise. In addition to his own seemingly countless recordings, stellar tributes to Ellington often shine by reinterpreting the classic sound--the Count Basie Orchestra's Count Plays Duke (MAMA Records, 1998); Joyful Noise: a Tribute To Duke Ellington by Don Sebesky; and The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra's In The Spirit Of Duke (Spartacus Records, 2012). The set lists on these uniformly excellent recordings are reinvestigations of Ellington's more familiar tunes, with new ...

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Dial & Oatts, Rich DeRosa, and the WDR Big Band: Rediscovered Ellington

Read "Rediscovered Ellington" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Pianist Garry Dial and saxophonist Dick Oatts have teamed up frequently in recent years as “Dial and Oatts," on some occasions to record their own material (Dial and Oatts, 1990) and on others to breathe new life into classic jazz repertoire (Dial and Oatts Play Cole Porter, 1993). Their latest, Rediscovered Ellington, is of course an example of the latter, as the two combine forces with arranger/conductor Rich DeRosa and the WDR Big Band to tackle nine pieces in the ...

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Dial & Oatts/Rich DeRosa/The WDR Big Band: Rediscovered Ellington

Read "Rediscovered Ellington" reviewed by James Nadal

After sitting on his archival collection of rare Duke Ellington music for close to forty years, pianist Garry Dial decided it was time the music was heard. Connecting with his musical partner, and prominent reedman Dick Oatts, they contacted WDR Big Band conductor and arranger Rich DeRosa, and the Rediscovered Ellington project, was launched. Traveling to the WDR home base of Cologne, Germany, where DeRosa was awaiting, the three of them remodeled the music into a cohesive presentation ...

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Garry Dial / Terry Roche: Us An' Them

Read "Us An' Them" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The concept is very simple. We're “us" and they're “them." But exactly who “we" and “they" are is the idea and concept of thought behind a 17-year process by pianist Garry Dial and vocalist Terre Roche. The United States of America is a collection of peoples from various nationalities, including immigrants and descendants of immigrants. Us an' Them sends the not-so-subtle message that we're all “us." This collection of 16 national anthems features Dial and Roche with ...

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Garry Dial and Terre Roche: Searching for Identity in Revitalized Anthems from Around the World

Read "Garry Dial and Terre Roche: Searching for Identity in Revitalized Anthems from Around the World" reviewed by Warren Allen

Pianist Garry Dial and vocalist Terre Roche want to know where you're from. In the city of New York, surrounded by so many people whose ancestors once crossed through Ellis Island, or who have themselves only recently come to call this country home, Dial and Roche are curious to find the connection between musical and a global identity.“We've had some really interesting experiences with it," Roche says with a laugh. “At first people kind of look at you, ...


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