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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Variospheres: Live in Solothurn

Read "Live in Solothurn" reviewed by Ian Patterson

When Tomasz Stańko's first classic quintet came to the natural end of its road in 1973, with all its members looking for new directions in music, violinist Zbigniew Seifert embarked on a solo career that saw him record a number of albums with very different line-ups. In fact, bar a brief period at the end of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Toots Thielemans: The Live Takes, Vol. 1

Read "The Live Takes, Vol. 1" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While studio recordings can capture a musician's sound, live performances capture the essence of their being and the soul within the sound. When an iconic artist like harmonica giant Toots Thielemans isn't in the studio or creating a prearranged live recording, he's still traveling the globe and bringing his music into the clubs and concert halls ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Strike Up the (Unsung) Bands

Read "Strike Up  the (Unsung) Bands" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The big band era is known for producing a number of enormously successful ensembles whose leaders were household names: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson, then on through Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, the brothers Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New Album of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra: "The Music of Michel Herr"

New Album of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra: "The Music of Michel Herr"

The Brussels Jazz Orchestra, one of Europe's most respected big bands, has a new album out, titled The Music of Michel Herr. It offers a wide overview of the music for big band written in recent years by the Belgian pianist, composer and arranger Michel Herr, who also conducted the band during the recording sessions. Released on ...