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The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra: Dreaming Big

Read "Dreaming Big" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What's that you say? A New York-based Jazz Orchestra as admirable as this one whose recording debut was delayed for more than twenty-five years? There ought to be a law! Well, in this case it wasn't the law but a lawyer who sidetracked the orchestra's debut for so many years. His name is Brett Gold, and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ed Palermo Big Band at the Iridium

Read "Ed Palermo Big Band at the Iridium" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Ed Palermo Big Band Featuring Napoleon Murphy Brock
Iridium
New York, NY
January 8, 2016

You can just about always count on a number of things in any show by the Ed Palermo Big Band: the music of Frank Zappa; inventive arrangements, richly crafted; tight, stellar playing by the ensemble; a ...

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band: Certain Relationships

Read "Certain Relationships" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Drummer Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band continues to spread sunshine and happiness on Certain Relationships, an album recorded in three sessions spanning the half-dozen years between 2005-2011. Of the fifteen selections, nine are vocals --by Pete McGuinness, Hilary Gardner, Andrea Wolper, Mary Foster Conklin or Dominique Eade. In Lillard's optimistic eyes, even the blues are gladsome ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ed Palermo: Not Only In It For The Money

Read "Ed Palermo: Not Only In It For The Money" reviewed by Duncan Heining

It's been twenty years since saxophonist-composer-arranger Ed Palermo and his Big Band began playing the music of Frank Zappa. Twenty years, not a lot of bread but a whole lot of love from fans and musicians alike. Oh No! Not Jazz!! on Cuneiform Records marks the band's fourth Zappa album and the third for that remarkable ...

Jeff Lederer: Sunwatcher

Read "Sunwatcher" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sunwatchers is a most auspicious debut by saxophonist Jeff Lederer. The reed man chose to reanimate the spirit of Albert Ayler for this session, and along with Ayler's ghost came that of late-John Coltrane spirituality and experimentation.

Lederer can been heard as the saxophone behind the creative bands of Ted Kooshian's cartoon and TV show ...

Ed Puddick Big Band / Frank Macchia / Rick Wald NY 16

Read "Ed Puddick Big Band / Frank Macchia / Rick Wald NY 16" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Ed Puddick Big Band

Guys & Dolls

Diving Duck Records

2010

The late Frank Loesser wrote at least 700 songs, more than a dozen of which are included in the score for the smash musical Guys and Dolls, which, believe it or not, opened on Broadway more than sixty years ago, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ed Palermo Big Band: Eddy Loves Frank

Read "Eddy Loves Frank" reviewed by Nic Jones

With the dubious benefit of hindsight, it could be argued that Frank Zappa's music could--and on the basis of this release can still be--defined by what it's not. Zappa was both astute and knowing enough to realize that both progressive and jazz rock could easily become stylistic straitjackets. His music was reflective of this knowledge as ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ted Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet: Underdog, and Other Stories ...

Read "Underdog, and Other Stories ..." reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Sometimes, a name is all it takes to get attention. Ted Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet has such a name. But the name alone doesn't necessarily mean good quality. The band still has to play, and play they do on Underdog, and Other Stories ....

The ensemble is comprised of Kooshian on piano, Jeff ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Ed Palermo Big Band: Eddy Loves Frank

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The Ed Palermo Big Band

Eddy Loves Frank

Cuneiform Records

2009

Saxophonist and bandleader Ed Palermo loves Frank Zappa, and not just a little bit. It's not only the transcribing of 200 Zappa tunes, the scores of concerts where Palermo has led his big band through the late Zappa's music, nor ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge / Swiss Jazz Orchestra / The Aggregation

Read "Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge / Swiss Jazz Orchestra / The Aggregation" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge
The Comet's Tail
MAMA Records
2009

On The Comet's Tail, Chuck Owen's superb Florida-based Jazz Surge performs the compositions--yes, compositions--of the late great tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker. As Owen writes in the liner notes, “[Michael's] blinding brilliance as a performer / improviser...may ...


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