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Ben Markley Big Band: Clockwise / The Music of Cedar Walton

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Cedar Walton, whose long and illustrious career ended with his passing in August 2013, was not only one of his era's most celebrated jazz pianists but a musician whose impressive talents as a composer were often beclouded by his remarkable success as a performer. One of those whose admiration for Walton the composer is as earnest ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?

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Betty and I returned to Albuquerque on Memorial Day after attending Swingin' on a Riff, the latest in a series of marvelous semi-annual events presented by Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute for more than twenty years at venues in and around L.A. This one was held May 23-26 at the Los Angeles Marriott ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Dave Brubeck: Small Groups, Large Stature

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Dave Brubeck wasn't really a big-band kinda guy; in fact, he was seldom seen in groups larger than four or five. On the other hand, he was an extraordinary musician, one whose influence will no doubt be felt for generations to come. Brubeck, who remained active almost to the end of his life, died December 5 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Art Lande: Revealing the Infinite

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Born in New York City on February 5, 1947, pianist and drummer Art Lande has been a font of creativity throughout his long and multifaceted career. Lande grew up in Long Island and started studying piano at age four; he attended Williams College, then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969. During the early ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fred Hess Big Band: Speak

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In the liner notes to Speak, saxophonist/band leader Fred Hess makes an important point: although the golden era of traveling big bands is long past, the big band format lives on in school ensembles, as well as through individuals such as himself, whose love for this format plows right through all the logistical difficulties. Anyone seeking ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Speak" - New Fred Hess Big Band Album

"Speak" - New Fred Hess Big Band Album

SAXOPHONIST/COMPOSER FRED HESS RELEASES 3rd BIG BAND CD AS A LEADER: “SPEAK” (ALISON RECORDS 117), ON AUGUST 6th Big Band features John Fedchock, Ron Miles, John Gunther, Marc Sabatella, Peter Sommer, and Matt Wilson. “Highly original! Jazz entertainment at its best! This is an excellent CD collection of what contemporary big band music is doing, and its incredibly imaginative —Lee Prosser, JazzReview.com “All ...

H2 Big Band / Tempest Little Big Band / Deutsch Oper Berlin Big Band

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The H2 Big Band

You're It!

Jazzed Media

2010

Big-band album of the year? There have been a number of worthy aspirants in the first half of 2011, and now comes another strong contender: the Denver-based H2 Big Band, whose debut recording, You're It!, is a paragon of straight-ahead blowing pleasure ...

George Stone / Fred Hess Big Band / Jamie Begian Big Band

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George Stone

The Real Deal

Self Published

2010

Every once in a while the stars align, the wheel of fortune spins precisely and listeners are the happy recipients of a big band album that is remarkably engaging and spectacular from start to finish; in other words, The Real Deal. This ...

Mandy Harvey: After You've Gone

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Do you need to know about an artist's personal life when experiencing their art? This question comes to mind when listening to Mandy Harvey, because the astonishing fact is that the jazz singer is deaf. She suffered from hearing problems throughout her childhood, yet she still sang in choirs and was lauded for her vocal talent. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Sommer: Tremolo Canteen

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Like food, music can be hastily prepared and obvious, or it can be thoughtfully concocted, with delicious subtleties of flavor and seasoning. Saxophonist Peter Sommer's standout Tremolo Canteen is happily the latter, full of intricate layers and quiet surprises, performed by four excellent musicians who came of age in the Denver jazz scene.

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