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Kenichi Tsunoda Big Band: For J.G.

Read "For J.G." reviewed by Edward Blanco

For J.G. is simply titled in honor of “jazz giants" and performed in a tribute to the immortals of the music, the pioneers of the sound, and the legends of this original art form we call jazz. The fourth album by composer/arranger/trombonist Kenichi Tsunoda's world-class big band from Tokyo pays tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, ...

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Kenichi Tsunoda Big Band: Big Swing

Read "Big Swing" reviewed by Jim Santella

Among Japan’s leading voices in modern big band jazz, Kenichi Tsunoda’s ensemble celebrates its 10th anniversary with Big Swing. The leader, 51, attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston and paid his dues in the trombone section of three of Japan’s leading big bands: Toshiyuki Miyama’s New Herd, Nobu Hara’s Sharps & Flats, and the ...

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Kenichi Tsunoda Big Band: Savanna

Read "Savanna" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Despite the economic difficulties in sustaining a large ensemble, trombonist, composer, and arranger Kenichi Tsunoda has kept his stellar, Tokyo-based big band together for over a decade. Showing off the band’s versatility, Tsunoda presents a program of his own compositions, a combination of the First Movement of “Concierto de Aranjuez” and Chick Corea’s “Spain,” as well ...