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The Phil Norman Tentet: Then and Now

Read "Then and Now" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There comes a time, usually during the fifth or sixth rendition of a “franchise" movie (think “Rocky" or “Star Trek"), when the phrase “enough is enough" inevitably springs to mind. While Then and Now, the seventh album by saxophonist Phil Norman's L.A.-based all-star Tentet, lands somewhere this side of overkill, its premise--to update and reintroduce classic ...

Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra: EE-YA-GI (Stories)

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What a delightful surprise. Korean-born composer / arranger HyeSeon Hong, a graduate of NYU who now lives in New Jersey, enfolds the best of two worlds --east and west --on her superlative debut album, EE-YA-GI (Stories), introducing Hong's eighteen-piece Jazz Orchestra and some heavy-hitting soloists including trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and tenor saxophonist Rich Perry.

Dick Oatts / Mats Holmquist New York Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Herbie +1

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Dopo i tributi a Chick Corea e Wayne Shorter, l'orchestratore svedese Mats Holmquist rivolge la sua attenzione alle composizioni di Herbie Hancock, realizzando un album in collaborazione col sassofonista Dick Oatts che è principale solista nonchè co-leader.
L'incisione è dell'11 giugno 2014 ma l'idea risale all'anno precedente, con la scelta di un appropriato ensemble ...

Dick Oatts / Mats Holmquist New York Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Herbie +1

Read "A Tribute to Herbie +1" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A Tribute to Herbie +1 is Swedish-born composer / arranger Mats Holmquist's third “tribute" album, following well-received salutes to Chick Corea (2003) and Wayne Shorter (2012). For his encomium to pianist / composer Herbie Hancock, Holmquist called upon two of New York City's most respected sidemen, alto saxophonist Dick Oatts and trombonist John Mosca, known and ...

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Dominican Jazz from Summit Records: The Dominican Jazz Project & Socrates Garcia Latin Jazz Orchestra

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There must be something in the air, as the Dominican Republic suddenly finds representation on two latin jazz releases from Summit Records. The Dominican Jazz Project grew out of pianist Stephen Anderson's visit to the 2014 Jazzomania Jazz Festival in Santo Domingo. After an additional visit--and additional new musical friendships--the group agreed to record together. So ...

John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is

Read "Like It Is" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Trombonista di valore, arrangiatore negli anni ottanta della Woody Herman Orchestra e bandleader di proprie formazioni, John Fedchock è tra i migliori esponenti del modern mainstream orchestrale, sulla linea Thad Jones.

Questo è il quinto album della sua attuale big band, un organico di 16 elementi comprendente alcuni dei migliori professionisti dell'area di ...

Socrates Garcia Latin Jazz Orchestra: Back Home

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Back Home, the debut recording by composer / arranger / musicologist Socrates Garcia's Latin Jazz Orchestra, combines the best of two worlds: ardent Latin jazz that never forswears its roots, and emphatic American-designed big-band swing that provides a solid framework for Garcia's picturesque Latin / American excursions. Garcia, who was born in the Dominican Republic, is ...

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John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is

Read "Like It Is" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Trombonist, composer and arranger John Fedchock's New York Big Band has been in existence for more than twenty years, and the scintillating Like It Is is this group's fifth album. Fedchock, his band and this album have also garnered quite a few of this year's Grammys including “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album," “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or ...

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John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is

Read "Like It Is" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Worth waiting for--an expression that can be used to describe any number of life's pleasurable experiences: a memorable vacation, a sumptuous meal, a thrilling chance encounter --or even the fifth recording (and first in roughly eight years) by trombonist John Fedchock's superlative New York Big Band. Pleasurable it is from start to finish, with inspired blowing ...

John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is

Read "Like It Is" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran trombonist and big band leader John Fedchock, has had a history of showcasing some of the finest contemporary ensemble music ever presented, and on the audacious Like It Is, keeps that tradition alive on the fifth album from his 16-piece New York Big Band. A group by the way, that has been around and swinging ...


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