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Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

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As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

Lee Shaw Trio: Live At Art Gallery Reutlingen

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After over fifty years as a musician, composer and educator Lee Shaw remains active and in demand. While never the most prolific recording artist, she continues to record in her 80s, and 2011 may well be one of her busiest years, with two albums in quick succession. Together Again: Live At The Egg (Artists Recording Collective) ...

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Dani Felber Big Band / Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra / Jazz Composer's Workshop Orchestra

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Dani Felber Big Band

More Than Just Friends

Self Published

2010

Before hazarding any premature comment about the merits of this new album by Swiss bandleader Dani Felber, it must be noted at the outset that one of Felber's good friends is former Count Basie stalwart Frank Foster whose even-handed ...

Michael Lutzeier & Artbop: Gleichmut... Und Zwar Sofort!

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Gleichmut... Und Zwar Sofort! doesn't translate well into English (or even German), says baritone saxophonist Michael Lutzeier. Fortunately for the listener, the music needs no interpreter. This is explicit post bop jazz, capably designed by Lutzeier's talented sextet and easily understood in any language.

Lutzeier wrote half of the album's ten selections, pianist Claus Raible two. ...

Michael Lutzeier: Music 4 Food

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I first heard baritone saxophonist Michael Lutzeier with Al Porcino's N'rnberg-based big band (Live!, Organic Music 9717) and was impressed enough to track down a copy of this quartet date on which he's the leader, recorded three years ago for Alfred Mangold's generally excellent Jazz4Ever label. Young Lutzeier (he recently turned 35 but looks in photographs ...