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Michael Pagan, Bob Bowman, Brian Steever: The Ottawa Sessions

Read "The Ottawa Sessions" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

The Ottawa Session è un disco revivalistico, che si ispira chiaramente al bop, è dotato di un marcato senso dello swing e possiede il dono della leggerezza.
Il trio responsabile del programma musicale -Michael Pagan al pianoforte, Bob Bowman al contrabbasso e Brian Steever alla batteria -ha il merito di immergere l'ascoltatore in una serie ...

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Artists Recording Collective Label Celebrates 5-year Anniversary

Artists Recording Collective Label Celebrates 5-year Anniversary

The Artists Recording Collective celebrated its 5th anniversary on Pearl Harbor Day this month. Also, commonly known as ARC, the company is a registered Kansas Limited Liability Company (LLC) in good standing that is based in the scenic Kansas City metropolitan area at Leavenworth. ARC is simply a recording label and low intensity marketing platform that utilizes an innovative business ...

Michael Pagan Trio: Three for the Ages

Read "Three for the Ages" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Pianist Michael Pagan is known as a prolific composer and arranger for small combos to big bands, and is currently Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. It is, however, his performance as a musician on Three for the Ages that stands out above his already impressive musical credentials. Adept ...

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Michael Pagan Big Band: Pag's Groove

Read "Pag's Groove" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

For his second album on Capri, pianist/composer Michael Pagán leads his big band on eight selections that demonstrate his ability to add texture and harmonization to the arrangements. Other than the Ray Evans/Jay Livingston standard “Never Let Me Go," all of the tunes are originals.

Originally from Ohio and with a degree from Northwestern, ...

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Michael Pagan Big Band: Pag's Groove

Read "Pag's Groove" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Big bands dead? Far from it, my friend. In fact, so many spectacular new albums have been released this year that I may have to enlarge my Top Ten list to a Top Twenty. Here's another leading candidate for inclusion on anyone's honor roll, Pag's Groove, composer/arranger/pianist Michael Pagán's highly impressive big band debut on Capri ...

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Michael Pagan Big Band: Pag's Groove

Read "Pag's Groove" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The saxophones come prowling out, darkly, on “Essential Trivia," the opening track on Pag's Groove. Then the bass and vibes lighten the feeling, and the Michael Pagán Big Band starts the show off swinging. Gorgeous tones prevail, vivid colors splashing all over the charts. Composer/arranger/bandleader Michael Pagán's arrangements use a palette that includes all the colors, ...

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Michael Pagan Quintet: Is Waiting for You

Read "Is Waiting for You" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Not at all what was foreseen, and so much for one’s preconceived notions. Knowing that Cadence Records has a tendency to veer toward the avant–garde, I suspected that this date by pianist Pagán’s quintet might answer to that description. Not so. I’ve checked and double–checked, and you can rest assured that Pagán delivers the whole package ...