All About Jazz

Home » Tag Center » Tag: Jack Bowers

Content by tag "Jack Bowers"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The South Florida Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming

Read "The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When a big band devotes an entire album to the compositions and arrangements of one musician, the obvious opening question is: why? In other words, who is Gary Lindsay and why is the South Florida Jazz Orchestra performing his music? In brief, the answer is that Lindsay, an alto saxophonist and well-respected educator, has written and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Paul Heller: Paul Heller Meets Roman Schwaller

Read "Paul Heller Meets Roman Schwaller" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Granted, Paul Heller meeting Roman Schwaller isn't such a big deal here in the States. It is, however, quite a big deal in Germany and western Europe as a whole where Heller and Schwaller are among the reigning monarchs of the tenor saxophone, akin to such American twosomes as Ammons / Gordon, Sims / Cohn or, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Phil Allen's Concert Jazz Band: North Greenbush Blues

Read "North Greenbush Blues" reviewed by Jack Bowers

North Greenbush Blues marks the recorded debut of Indiana-born, New York State-based trombonist Phil Allen's glove-tight and remarkably robust Concert Jazz Band. The album has many pleasures, but what stands out most are Allen's impressive charts, which give the ensemble ample sustenance and reason to shine. Allen wrote six of the album's nine tunes and arranged ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story Reimagined

Read "West Side Story Reimagined" reviewed by Jack Bowers

William Shakespeare's epic tragedy Romeo and Juliet made a huge splash when it reached Broadway in 1957 in the guise of West Side Story, in which the warring Montagues and Capulets were replaced by New York City street gangs, the Italian-American Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks. The newer version, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tom Lundberg: Prime Time

Read "Prime Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It was only a matter of (prime) time until someone decided to lend a jazz spin to a number of nighttime television's most popular and enduring theme songs. The number here is twelve, the someone in question trombonist Tom Lundberg who leads a trim and versatile octet through its paces on the suitably named Prime Time, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra: Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait

Read "Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To commemorate Canada's one hundred-fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra commissioned eleven of the country's foremost jazz composers to write music “reflecting some aspect of Canada or being Canadian." The resulting Suite 150 was performed for appreciative audiences and recorded for posterity in November 2017 and March 2018 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

David Ricard Big Band: Parallels

Read "Parallels" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Whatever else the fates may decree, fortune must be smiling when one can open a big-band album with the workaday theme from “Spider-Man" and make it shine. Bassist David Ricard is fortune's beneficiary here, as are those partisans who are lucky enough to chance upon Parallels, Ricard's third and most recent treatise on big-band excellence. Whereas ...

Antonio Adolfo: Encontros - Orquestra Atlantica

Read "Encontros - Orquestra Atlantica" reviewed by Jack Bowers

After forty years of gigging around the world with a who's who of jazz instrumentalists and singers, the celebrated Brazilian pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo has realized his life-long dream of writing for and recording with a world-class big band--and what a band it is: the remarkable Orquestra Atlantica from Adolfo's home country, formed in 2012 and molded ...

Greg Yasinitsky: YAZZ Band

Read "YAZZ Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

You're right, Greg Yasinitsky isn't a household name--apart from his own household, that is, and perhaps a handful of others in and around Pullman, WA, where Yasinitsky serves as professor of music and coordinator of Jazz Studies at Washington State University. And while his impressive debut album as overseer of the well-spoken YAZZ Band may not ...