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Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Octopus

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Octopus, the tenth album released by the Millennium Jazz Orchestra in its nearly twenty-five years of impressive music-making in The Netherlands, is actually an eight-part suite by composer / arranger Joan Reinders devoted to one of the sea world's more fearsome and enigmatic creatures. The thematic essay spans the whole nine yards, from “Evolution" and “Environment" ...

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Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Lookin' East

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The Netherlands, with a population less than that of New York State, is home to no less than four of the world's most accomplished jazz ensembles--the Metropole Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, the Ebony Big Band and the Millennium Jazz Orchestra whose latest album, Lookin' East, does nothing to subvert its status as a ...

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Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Safety Zone

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With the release of its eighth album, Safety Zone, the Millennium Jazz Orchestra from the Netherlands marks its twenty-fifth year under the astute guidance of composer / arranger Joan Reinders who formed the band in 1989 and recorded for the first time two years later. As interesting as the orchestra's growth as a unit has been ...

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Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Oatts Notes

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The Netherlands is home to at least two world-class big bands, the Dutch Jazz Orchestra and the perhaps lesser-known but no less resourceful and accomplished Millennium Jazz Orchestra, which proves again on its latest album, Oatts Notes, that superlative jazz ensembles are by no means confined to any specific area but continue to flourish all over ...

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The Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Triangular

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The Millennium Jazz Orchestra, which until last year was the Big Barchem Band, proves on its third recording (and second for A–Records) that a world–class ensemble by any other name swings as lustily and as often, thanks to bracing charts by conductor Joan Reinders, a welcome appearance on five selections by guest artist Philip Catherine, and ...