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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio at the Kimmel Center

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Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
A String of Pearls
Philadelphia, PA
June 18, 2016

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) was founded a little over two years ago, under the direction of trumpeter Terell Stafford. Featuring some of the finest ...

Take Five with Chuck Redd

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About Chuck Redd
Chuck Redd is an internationally well-known performer on both drums and vibraphone. He began his career when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. He also became a member of the Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Byrd, and Herb Ellis.) To his credit are 25 European tours and six ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bill Potts: 'How Insensitive'

Bill Potts: 'How Insensitive'

One of the rarest albums by pianist-arranger Bill Potts is How Insensitive (Decca). It was recorded by Brasilia Nueve (New Brazil)—a studio band assembled in New York in May 1967. The album seems to have been intended as an Easy Listening entry, but like all things by Potts, the album shows exceptional arranging and smarts. So who ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Bob Mintzer Big Band / Bob Wilber and the Tuxedo Big Band / Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra

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Bob Mintzer Big Band

For the Moment

MCG Jazz

2012

Anyone who has followed Bob Mintzer's career knows that the multi-talented saxophonist / educator has always had a special place in his heart for music from south of the border (he even recorded a big-band album, Latin from Manhattan, back in ...

The "Desert Island" Revisited

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Back in the last millennium, shortly after this column first saw the light of day, I posted a list of twenty “desert island" albums, those that would be snugly ensconced in a crash-proof, water-tight carrying case should yours truly ever be marooned on a miniature atoll with nothing to relieve the boredom save palm trees, coconuts, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lloyd Ryan Big Band: Drivin' Force

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A straight-ahead, drummer-led big band is one of the most stimulating ensemble formats in jazz. Buddy Rich's groups are perhaps the epitome of such an enterprise. The Lloyd Ryan Big Band, blasting through a selection of standards and pop classics on Drivin' Force, proudly carries on the tradition.

Ryan, a British drummer, has been a ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Catching Up

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As our most recent column was devoted exclusively to the Ken Poston / LAJI event, “Modern Sounds," held October 20-24 at the Los Angeles Marriott Airport Hotel, and to the day-long tribute to bandleader Stan Kenton on the hundredth anniversary of his birth that followed, a number of substantive items slipped through the cracks. Before they ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

These Are a Few of My Favorite....Charts

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Whenever the topic of desert islands arises among jazz fans, the focus is invariably on which albums (discs) one would choose to cram into a suitcase if one were ever stranded on an otherwise barren island. While the consideration of particular arrangements seldom governs the debate, I really think it should. After all, few albums, however ...

Fred Hess Big Band / Timucua Jazz Orchestra / Michael Treni

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Fred Hess Big Band
Hold On
Dazzle Records
2010

When listening to Hold On, composer / arranger / saxophonist Fred Hess' fourteenth album as leader but first in front of a big band, one question immediately arises: What took him so long? As it turns out, recording his ...

David Berger Jazz Orchestra / Sheryl Bailey / UNC–Greensboro

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David Berger Jazz Orchestra
Sing Me a Love Song: Harry Warren's Undiscovered Standards
Such Sweet Thunder
2010

If composer Harry Warren is remembered at all, it is for such blockbuster hits from the 1940s as “Chattanooga Choo-Choo" (the country's first million-selling record), “I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" ...