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Stephanie Patton: A Breath of Spring

Read "A Breath of Spring" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Michael Chabon's alternate history The Yiddish Policemen's Union (HarperCollins, 2007) is set in Sitka, Alaska, located on the southeast portion of Alaska, situated on the west side of Baranof Island and the south half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean. But Sitka is not only notable for its literary allusions; it ...

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The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra: Down a Rabbit Hole

Read "Down a Rabbit Hole" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Meno nota al pubblico di Maria Schneider, Ayn Inserto non è meno brava. In questo quarto lavoro orchestrale in 12 anni riafferma d'essere la straordinaria bandleader formatasi per un intenso biennio con Bob Brookmeyer al New England Conservatory. Nata a Singapore e trasferitasi con la famiglia in California quando aveva 14 anni, Ayn ha collezionato prestigiosi ...

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The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: Along for the Ride

Read "Along for the Ride" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On the third album as leader of his superlative New York-based Jazz Orchestra, trombonist Pete McGuinness proves again that he is one of the more astute and resourceful composer / arrangers on the scene today. From “Put on a Happy Face" through “One for the Maestro," McGuinness' impressive charts are decorous models of warmth and perception. ...

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Larry Koonse: New Jazz Standards, Vol. 4

Read "New Jazz Standards, Vol. 4" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This fourth volume in a series of recordings saluting and promoting the music of trumpeter Carl Saunders is every bit as sophisticated and attractive as its predecessors. Guitarist Larry Koonse leads the way through a dozen songs with supreme style and grace, comfortably placing this collection right next to earlier Saunders sets helmed by flutist Sam ...

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Deborah Shulman: The Shakespeare Project

Read "The Shakespeare Project" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

William Shakespeare's works have generated many musical endeavors. Duke Ellington's Such Sweet Thunder (Columbia Records, 1957) and Leonard Bernstein's score for West Side Story are among those which come to mind. In 1941, British composer Arthur Young recorded Shakespeare in Swing (Decca Records, 1941), which featured his compositions over Shakespeare's words. And, in 1964, celebrated British ...

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John Fedchock Quartet: Reminiscence

Read "Reminiscence" reviewed by Jack Bowers

After recording his quartet's splendid album Fluidity (Summit Records 2015), trombonist John Fedchock realized he had enough unused material in hand from that delightful concert date to consider releasing a second album. The more he listened to the music that hadn't made the cut on Fluidity, the more Fedchock was convinced that a second album not ...

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Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra: Down a Rabbit Hole

Read "Down a Rabbit Hole" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you must venture Down a Rabbit Hole, as Ayn Inserto has done on the first album as leader of her Jazz Orchestra in a decade, it's comforting to encounter in its depths musicians of the caliber of trombonist John Fedchock, tenor saxophonist George Garzone and trumpeter Sean Jones who add luster and bravado to the ...

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John Bailey: In Real Time

Read "In Real Time" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

John Bailey is a veteran New York-based trumpet player who has worked as a sideman in a variety of genres. Now, at the age of 52, he has released his first CD as a leader and it's as stylish and professional as would be expected.

Bailey's playing is full of passion and fire, and ...

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The CCM Jazz Orchestra feat. Steven Bernstein: Nobody Does It Better

Read "Nobody Does It Better" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Anni fa Steven Bernstein pubblicò un frizzante album con le musiche di John Barry scritte per i film su James Bond (Sex Mob Does Bond, Ropeadope 2001). Ora quegli arrangiamenti acquistano nuova vita nella riscrittura per grande orchestra propiziata da Scott Belck, direttore musicale della CCM Jazz Orchestra, big band del Cincinnati College of Music.

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Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra: Flyin' Through Florida

Read "Flyin' Through Florida" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The number of jazz-centered big bands “on the road" these days can be counted on the fingers of one hand with a digit or two to spare. The Glenn Miller and Count Basie orchestras remain randomly active, the Duke Ellington and Woody Herman progeny somewhat less so. As for the rest . . . R.I.P. Stan ...