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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays II

Read "Big Band Holidays II" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Jazz at Lincoln Center Big Band Holiday concerts, featuring the JALC Orchestra with Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis and guests, are a welcome addition to New York City holiday jazz traditions. Big Band Holidays II presents the second set of live recordings from these concerts beginning from 2015, the year that the JALC Orchestra released their first Big Band Holidays set on their own Blue Engine Records label. “Christmas brings the best and worst out of people," ...

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Carlos Henriquez: The Bronx Pyramid

Read "The Bronx Pyramid" reviewed by James Nadal

A common attribute or quality that Latin musicians have is that they are innately connected and tuned into their cultural roots. As in the case of Carlos Henriquez, who holds the bass chair in the prestigious Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Though he performs straight ahead mainstream jazz at a high level with that collective, on his debut as leader The Bronx Pyramid, he goes deep into his Puerto Rican heritage combined with the amalgamated sounds of jny: New York ...

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Big Band Holidays

Read "Big Band Holidays" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The holiday season has its ups and downs on Big Band Holidays, recorded live over two Decembers (2013-14) by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which is without a doubt one of the finest big bands money can buy. Even though the most recent number on the album ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") was recorded almost a year ago, several clues indicate that the album was more or less rushed to market in time for this year's festivities. For ...


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