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Dan McMillion Jazz Orchestra: Nice N' Juicy

Read "Nice N' Juicy" reviewed by Robert J. Robbins

For over a decade, brass master Dan McMillion, an alumnus of the Woody Herman and Buddy Rich ensembles, has been maintaining the legacy of Maynard Ferguson to a very high standard in the Central Florida region, winning a Grammy nomination for Up Your Brass (Sea Breeze, 2002). This sixth release--dedicated to the memory of McMillion's wife ...

John Blount Featuring Dave Tucker and the New Big Band: Better Days Ahead

Read "Better Days Ahead" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The cover art on trumpeter John Blount's Better Days Ahead depicts glorious sunshine. Visually beautiful, it is most appropriate for this CD--which will probably help propel Blount, Dave Tucker and the New Big Band to great things and better days ahead.

Blount spent decades as lead trumpeter and featured soloist with the U.S. ...

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The Dimartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra: Quotient

Read "Quotient" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Vince DiMartino was a distinguished professor of trumpet at the University of Kentucky's Jazz Studies Program for twenty years, and saxophonist Miles Osland is its current director. Together these two educators have collaborated for many years, founding of The DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra. Through its performances and recordings, it has become a fixture in the central Kentucky ...

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Rob Parton's JazzTech Big Band: Just One of Those Things

Read "Just One of Those Things" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There aren't many big bands that are as consistently impressive in a studio as they are in person. Here's one that is--trumpeter Rob Parton's strapping, Chicago-based JazzTech Big Band. Parton's secret? It's not hard to comprehend. Enlist the best players one can find, give them bright and elaborate charts to sink their chops into, then stand ...

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Rob Parton's JAZZTECH Big Band: Just One of Those Things

Read "Just One of Those Things" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Just One of Those Things is, after only one captivating listen, anything but just another “one of those big bands. The seventh album by trumpeter Rob Parton's Chicago-based orchestra and, perhaps, the best one yet, this is truly a gem of an album that sparkles with every track. Quite a statement to swallow if one is ...

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Blue Wisp Big Band: Tribute

Read "Tribute" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A legendary regional ensemble from Cincinnati, the Blue Wisp Big Band has, for the last twenty-five years, performed every Wednesday evening at the famed Blue Wisp Jazz Club in Cincinnati, owned and operated by Marjean Wisby until her passing in August 2006. The album pays Tribute to the memory of the late owner and also celebrates ...

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Frank Rosolino: The Last Recording

Read "The Last Recording" reviewed by Andrew Velez

Born into a musical family, trombonist Frank Rosolino had little formal training. During high school years in Detroit he played with Milt Jackson; as Diane Armesto, Rosolino's former manager (and to whom we owe thanks for preserving this previously unreleased set) observes in her liner notes, “Perhaps most influential of all was the street education Frank ...

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Ryan Haines Big Band: People & Places

Read "People & Places" reviewed by Edward Blanco

There's nothing more honorable and noble than paying tribute to the people you love and to those who have inspired you as well as recognizing some of the places that have meant something special in one's life. Composer/arranger/trombonist Ryan Haines does just that with his third recording, People & Places. Leading his world-class ensemble, which is ...

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Dan McMillion Jazz Orchestra: High Octane

Read "High Octane" reviewed by Edward Blanco

From the moment you slip the disc into the CD player and let it play, you quickly realize there's no need to adjust the volume as the music soars from Dan McMillion's high-pitched trumpet, reminiscent of the late, great trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. In fact, High Octane is dedicated to the memory of the late master of ...

Ryan Haines Big Band: People & Places

Read "People & Places" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When one considers the touchstones in his or her life, few are more enduring or important than People & Places. Appreciating this, trombonist Ryan Haines has devoted an entire album to some of the people and places that have meant the most to him and helped shape his identity as a musician and a human being. ...