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Allen Farnham and the Rias Big Band: Allen Farnham Meets the Rias Big Band

Read "Allen Farnham Meets the Rias Big Band" reviewed by Robert Spencer

RIAS: Radio In America Sector. This German band was formed right after World War II and is now, according to pianist / arranger Allen Farnham, “one of the top contemporary studio / broadcast big bands in Europe."

No doubt that is true. These fellows are mostly relegated to the background for solos, as this disc is full of guest stars: Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica, Chris Potter on tenor, Chris Berger on bass, and Tim Horner on drums. However, trombonist / ...

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Allen Farnham: Meets The RIAS Big Band

Read "Meets The RIAS Big Band" reviewed by Jim Santella

Pianist Allen Farnham leads a quintet of Chris Potter on tenor saxophone, Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica, Chris Berger on acoustic bass and Tim Horner on drums for “Samba de Sorvete" and “Lost in Zurich." The other tracks employ the quintet members as soloists with the RIAS Big Band from Berlin; the acronym stands for Radio In America Sector. This band was organized shortly after World War II and is now led by trombonist Jiggs Whigham. Farnham's talent as an arranger ...


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